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Garden Notes: Summer’s decline

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Beach roses are ripening their hips, and the foliage of poison ivy gleams in the shore’s crystalline light. Soon the fruit of beachplum will...

Garden Notes: Bring pollinators to your garden

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The gardener says: “When you bring flowers into your vegetable patch, be prepared for good things to happen.”  –Lisa Mason Ziegler in the book...

Garden Notes: Summer conditions, good and bad

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July is daylilies and rambler roses lining roadsides, and privet and honeysuckle scenting summer evenings. Gardens leap into prime time; there is so much...

Garden Notes: Peas, please

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The Gardener says, “Gardening is a controlling practice, but a gentle one — mostly.” Crows are doing a great job of roadkill pickup. Think what...

Garden Notes: Blooming colors

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Fireflies are flashing, “Summer is here.” Long-range forecasts predict the Northeast will be on the receiving end of higher-than-normal rainfall, while other parts of...

Garden Notes: The state of buckeyes

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Are we pollen-ated enough, already? Wait — there’s more! Autumn olive, pine, many grasses, and all plants in flower that utilize wind pollination for...

Garden Notes: Spring in bloom

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Outdoor living is here again, and lily of the valley, lilac, and especially, Viburnum carlesii scent the air. Memorial Day weekend reignites the grill....

Ask an Expert: What exactly is a beetlebung tree?

Beetlebung: a beautiful tree with a wonderful name. Many people are not especially tree-aware, but everyone perks up when they hear “beetlebung.” It is...

Garden Notes: Mother’s Day ideas

The memorable Mother’s Day gift is the one that survives and flourishes. Mother’s Day is linked in American culture with cards, flowers, and flowering...

Garden Notes: Getting to work

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“Life into death into life.” In this Easter season, when Earth Day — care for our common home — is also observed, the epigram...

Garden Notes: Spring is in the air

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The soil is warming, and daily — whether anyone witnesses or not — plants are advancing their growth and insects are beginning to stir....

Garden Notes: Spring is here, but be cautious

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Island spring is often fluky. It is officially here, though, and, like many, I hope for plentiful rainfall: only at night, hold the snow....

Regenerative gardening 101

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Regenerative gardening is gaining popularity across the country. It is a response to global setbacks, like climate change and population growth, which present more...

Garden Notes: Leguminous trees

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Snowdrops and early crocus cheer, red-winged blackbirds sing, buds on lilacs enlarge. Stray flowers on flowering quince open. Look upward: Under a first-quarter moon,...

Garden Notes: Get outdoors and start pruning grapevines

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Overall, this time of year could be characterized as “waiting for spring.” And wait we shall, for Vineyard spring is a season of delay...

Garden Notes: Camellias could be your heartthrob

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Orion glitters front and center in clear nighttime skies. Celebrate February! Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s Meatball (Dinner and Dance with the Space Invaders), plus...

Garden Notes: In the temperature chasms

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We experience it in the now: Heavy January downpours and downward temperature spikes (maybe they are temperature chasms?) seem to be the pattern. As...

Garden Notes: Light returning

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The good news: witch hazel blossoms have already started to unfurl. On Jan. 17, the sun will have risen at 7:10 am and set...

Garden Notes: Wishes and resolutions

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The end of 2018 and the start of 2019 have been filled with interesting events and quite a lot of news, mostly about topics...

Christmas dinner from the garden

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“Morning frost, Transforming blades of grass Into diamond edged swords.” –Wenonah Silva, “Full Circle” Have you donated to the Red Stocking Fund yet? Mrs. Crist, and later, Mrs....
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