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Garden Notes: Integrated pest management

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Not much winter, so far. The “new normal” action seems to be that it starts later and goes longer into spring. Snowdrops and pansies are in bloom. If we want to change actions, attitudes...

Garden Notes: Winter bloomers

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In a now well-established ritual, I check the witch hazels. I have a small collection of five winter bloomers. Three have been of blooming age for about a decade. This year ‘Jelena’ was in...

Garden Notes: Life’s treasures

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The gifts of Epiphany (Jan. 6) may be expanded to mean, in the wider secular sense, that what we have here on Earth is precious: that we have been given precious gifts by our...

Garden Notes: At year’s end

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If you are a gardener, keep your eyes to the ground beneath your feet, and carry on. With the onset of winter, anxiety about the future weighs heavily on communities. Here we are, at...

Turning to the light

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We approach the solstice, time of least light. It is Advent season too, which places the focus on the child. The symbolism may be understood that at the darkest part of year, we long...

Garden Notes: Enter the cold season

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Nights now draw in early and we come indoors, appreciating warmth and light. Winds and rains have torn away much of the colorful autumn foliage of swamp maple and beetlebung at their moment of...

Garden Notes: Death into life

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As the 2022 gardening year seemingly winds down, it can be understood as actually the beginning of the next one. Gardening is a cyclical process: What we do now is to the garden’s benefit,...

Garden Notes: Moving through the fall

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October has been glorious. A wistful feeling pervades as we bid it adieu and look ahead to Eastern Standard Time, and late fall’s darker and rainier days. It is good to remember that dark...

Garden Notes: The signs of the season

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Scenery and gardens are taking on ruddy autumnal hues as foliage colors deepen, and many hydrangeas make the surprising transformation to russet and ruby red. The oxblood of beetlebung colonies stands out from still-green...

Garden Notes: Seeing your garden as part of nature

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The autumnal equinox’s rainstorm last Thursday measured over an inch in the rain gauge here, and produced a stunning sunset and rainbow, as the front came through. Fall has arrived! It is the season of...

Garden Notes: Watch for deer on the roads

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Fall is lawn repair time. Based on trends, it is likely that dry summers and drought figure in our future. Letting the grass attend to itself seems like a viable way to go for...

Garden Notes: Fall arrives, and it’s time to look ahead

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Ah, September! College students and summer help are melting away; goldenrod glorifies; Labor Day nears; the Derby bell rings. These punctuate the 10 weeks of Island summer. It has become an endurance race: too...

Garden Notes: Tips on our dry gardens

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We had a couple of rainfall apéritifs. Thankfully, it was enough to lay the dust, although drought conditions persist. Checking in with various gardens, it is clear that even long-planted, established material is feeling the...

Garden Notes: Hostas can help

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Meadowsong’s seasonal chorus has already begun. It is an elegy that could rightly be called “September Song.” The trilling and singing of millions of arthropods (crickets, katydids, cicadas) and tree frogs are signals of...

Garden Notes: The appeal of quiet in summer

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The latest, largest rhododendron, R. maximum, is flowering. Daylilies create banks of color everywhere. Towering oakleaf hydrangeas are like small trees, white flower trusses blushing pink as they age. The cresting of the year...

Garden Notes: It was a great June for roses

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Not sophisticated enough for the designed garden, the old-time combo of rambler roses, tawny daylilies, blue hydrangeas, and Japanese honeysuckle is a signature of Island July. They hold their own, sweetly clashing without fancy irrigation...

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, although solstice energy reminds gardeners that everything on earth is...

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 infant: None are assured results. They bravely dare to grow...

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 a 36-hour period a heat wave, wildfire alerts, and a...

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 inching earlier and earlier each year, too. Climate Action Week started...