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Garden Notes: Biding time

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November 2020 was a tumultuous month, and another November windstorm blew it right out the door on the 30th. Yet another blustery front came...

Garden Notes: Self-seeding

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“As long as one has a garden, one has a future; and as long as one has a future one is alive.” — Frances...

Garden Notes: Passages

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These mild early November days have had gardeners out working busily in 60-plus degree sunshine, simultaneously enjoying them but also anxious about when and...

Garden Notes: True autumn

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Clocks return to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday morning; stronger morning light helps to open sleepy eyes. The deepening color of October has been...

Garden Notes: Taking the long view

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I like the thought, “The wind is the forest’s pruner.” The piles of leaves, twigs, and branches raining down in these gales of wind are...

Garden Notes: Fall finish-up

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The seasons come and go in their sequence, and now it is autumn. Gardening too is a series of sequences, both gardening for ornament...

Garden Notes: Fall weather

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The Island has been lucky so far; even luckier would be to receive rainfall — nothing more — from a passing tropical disturbance. If...

Garden Notes: Golden September

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Reds and russet prevail later on; the color of the present is golden. The light’s quality shifts to golden tints. Beautiful September days themselves...

Garden Notes: Dry gardening

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We wanted more — we would be at Illumination Night, the fair, the O.B. fireworks. We would be buying back-to-school clothes. We would be...

Garden Notes: Protecting your garden

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Meadowsong and the trill of cicadas are the sounds of summer’s turning. Bats at dusk keep places lucky enough still to have them remarkably...

Garden Notes: Sunlit pollinator love

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The heat has hit: I stand in hot sunshine near a patch of last season’s leeks. Their tall stems list crazily, spherical pink and...

Garden Notes: Oh, July!

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The Fourth of July Island garden of 50 years ago was a limited palette of tawny daylilies, rambler roses ‘Excelsa’ and ‘Dorothy Perkins,’ honeysuckle,...

Garden Notes: Solstice days

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Summer is officially here, with the summer solstice this year on June 20. Fireflies announced the fact a little earlier: They have flashed for...

Garden Notes: Lovely June

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“A garden that is designed only to look pretty barely skims the surface of what landscapes can offer.”  –Toby Hemenway, “The Gardener Says” June is...

Garden Notes: Kitchen garden

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The Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of settled weather, outdoor grilling, and summer. It is also freighted with solemn meaning. Graves are decorated,...

Garden Notes: Spring blooms

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Although it is mid-May, the recent weather feels the same as when the print publication was suspended — welcome back to the much-missed Martha’s...

Garden Notes: Spring to-do list

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“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” ~ T.S....

Garden Notes: Get your garden growing

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Island Christmas wreaths come down on Good Friday. Being part of a shrinking cohort with parents who knew the Great Depression first-hand, I am interested...

Garden Notes: Spring moves in

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“Anticipating spring” and “waiting for coronavirus”: There is a difference. Now both are here. One is very welcome — the other, not so much....

Garden Notes: Getting into ‘thinking gardens’ mode

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March winds blow. It is silly, chilly March — when some of us might think spring is right around the corner. It is usually...
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