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Garden Notes: Boxwood is a lifetime plant

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The height of the garden year has already come and gone: summer solstice. Not to worry; there is plenty of action still to come,...

Garden Notes: Pollinators needed

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The spring solstice approaches, the summit of the earthly year. The roots from the seed, the chick from the egg, the graduate from the...

Garden Notes: Eat most locally of all

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Despite the fluctuations of the weather, Memorial Day is almost here. We can be thankful we do not live in leafed-out Denver, where within...

Garden Notes: Viburnums and lilacs

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Mornings are light by 5:30. Birdsong is increasing, as staking out territories intensifies. Suddenly, vernal greenery surrounds us. This happens every year, but is...

Garden Notes: Consider camellias

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April’s chilly, drying winds still blow, but flowery May is around the corner. Polly Hill Arboretum’s camellias are a flash of red while driving...

Garden Notes: The garden and Earth Day

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Gardeners are doing lots of planting from here on out. Time to think about soil (bit.ly/SoilTipsNewGardeners). A soil thermometer says soil temperatures are still...

Garden Notes: The work is picking up

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“Who loves a garden, loves a greenhouse too.”  –William Cowper  The rainstorm last week delivered two inches to the rain gauge. Tokens of early spring...

Garden Notes: Oaks are the answer

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Erin go Brách! It may be St. Patrick’s Day, but much green is onion grass, not shamrocks. Island fields appear to be wearing camelhair...

Garden Notes: Forcing spring

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As Islanders know, to their annoyance, spring does not willingly arrive on Martha’s Vineyard. It just doesn’t (maritime climate and all), even though the...

Garden Notes: Winter wonders

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“You buy some flowers for your table; You tend them tenderly as you’re able; You fetch them water from hither and thither – What do you get...

Garden Notes: Thinking globally

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Let us quiet down awhile and let winter take its course. The blizzard and dawn in the white world are the means to see...

Garden Notes: January blooms

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Ah, January! “As days lengthen, the cold strengthens.” Find ways to celebrate winter. On a flawless, frigid day, we took a postponed New Year’s Day...

Garden Notes: Sticking with the locals

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Many are looking forward enthusiastically to the discoveries in 2022 that the Mars rovers may make. Perseverance, the most recently landed Mars rover, has...

Tree lobby: Where do we grow from here?

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The recent news of tree cutting and replacement planting raises the question, Do we have a plan for our future treescapes? No, the simple...

Garden Notes: Season for renewal

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The Christmas wishes and New Year hopes remind us that intending to do good and be better is possible for all of us. The darkest...

Garden Notes: Island grown

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“Winter does not come until the swamps are full.” This adage is still borne out on the Vineyard, despite climate disruptions. Winter moth males...

Garden Notes: Life depends on plants (and animals)

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The woods are beginning to look bare now. At nighttime, the moon shines through the cathedral of trees in a wintry way. Is this a...

Garden Notes: Native grasses

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Seasonal changes are taking place, including killing frost and the time — clocks set back one hour to Eastern Standard Time. Swamp maples and...

Garden Notes: Fall colors

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Fall colors are slowly emerging from summer’s greenery. The many ripening berries, deepening oxblood-to-burgundy beetlebung trees, and festoons of gypsy scarlet Virginia creeper do...

Garden Notes: Fall gardens

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A week ago an impressive dragonfly flight was swarming soundlessly over a wide, sunny up-Island lawn that would mostly qualify as a “Vineyard Lawn.”...