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Garden Notes: Spring blooms

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...

Garden Notes: It’s February

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“For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Could this serious injunction of Lent be the King James Bible’s way of referencing...

Garden Notes: Pruning

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The very earliest of the spring bulbs are making their garden entrance. It is a special moment, even if it is way too soon....

Garden Notes: Right bench, right place

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Hens have resumed laying, branches and twigs show deeper color, and high up but visible, buds are swelling in treetops. And plenty of snowdrops! Bench...

Garden Notes: Don’t wait any longer for the freeze

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The sun creeps back, stronger now. The witch hazels are unfurling their flowers. A turkey vulture sails a wobbling course over the backyard treetops....

Garden Notes: Happy New Year

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“Plant dreams, pull weeds, grow a happy life,” a greeting on a card sent by lovely people. Today’s edition marks the new era of...

Garden Notes: Acorns and moths

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“To be content with little is difficult, to be content with much, impossible.”  –Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1830-1916  The December whirlwind is upon us, and so...

Garden Notes: There are still native centerpiece materials about

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The Thanksgiving afternoon cold front, steely gray cloudscape pierced by peachy sunset rays, was beautiful. It gilded treetops from Christiantown to Lobsterville. Even though...

Garden Notes: Our freeze-dried gardens

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From “The Gardener Says”: “Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there, riotous.” –Rumi (1207–73) The...

Garden Notes: Alluring alliums

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It is hard to believe we are in November already. Fallen leaves have blown everywhere, and the autumnal atmosphere increases as the nights draw...

Garden Notes: Hydrangeas, Island dream flowers

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The Columbus Day weekend nor’easter was a big, prolonged blow: two-plus inches of rain, masses of stranded seaweed for those energetic enough to collect...

Houseplants: What do you live with?

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Winter is on its way, and life indoors prevails until well into 2020. For you, what greenery is going to cheer the indoor interval?  Think...

Garden Notes: Poison sumac

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Poison ivy, poison sumac, poison oak! These are the feared plants that visitors to the Vineyard want to know about. Only the first two...

Garden Notes: Fall is here

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The Gardener Says: “Gardening involves the incredibly complicated alchemy of life, involving not just plants and animals, but the entire cosmos and the microcosm.” ...

Garden Notes: Cutting back

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Dewfall is heavy. Aloft at dusk, bats find plenty to feast upon. The meadowsong chorus swells as early fall approaches — the chorus of...

Garden Notes: Ahoy, Labor Day!

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The season winds down, and containers often look it, with lanky stems short on flowers. You can toss them, or — you can practice...
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