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Garden Notes: Light-driven

Each day now we receive about one minute more daytime at sunset. Sunrise is about to start earlier too. According to the adage, “as the days lengthen, the cold strengthens” — we are still...

Garden Notes: Fresh start

A lot has happened that we did not imagine at this time one year ago. Stating the obvious, the year 2020 has been a procession brimful with unusual experiences and painful adaptations, one after...

Garden Notes: Conjunctions, fruit trees, and summer

Why do you suppose there is so much trash appearing recently along Island roadsides? Just asking. Respect our Island home! A taste of winter provided by the large storm system overflying the region on Thursday...

Garden Notes: Biding time

November 2020 was a tumultuous month, and another November windstorm blew it right out the door on the 30th. Yet another blustery front came through last weekend; brief power disruptions accompanied it, as well...

Garden Notes: Self-seeding

“As long as one has a garden, one has a future; and as long as one has a future one is alive.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett in “The Gardener Says” We admired the last of...

Garden Notes: Passages

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 what our climate “should” be doing. Why trees shed leaves Leaves fall...

Garden Notes: True autumn

Clocks return to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday morning; stronger morning light helps to open sleepy eyes. The deepening color of October has been a treat this year, probably due in part to drought,...

Garden Notes: Taking the long view

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 assets to bank in compost bins, tumblers, piles, and heaps,...

Garden Notes: Fall finish-up

The seasons come and go in their sequence, and now it is autumn. Gardening too is a series of sequences, both gardening for ornament and gardening for food, through our circle around the sun....

Garden Notes: Fall weather

The Island has been lucky so far; even luckier would be to receive rainfall — nothing more — from a passing tropical disturbance. If you contemplate donating to relief efforts, and there are many,...

Garden Notes: Golden September

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 seem golden; we sense their inherent ephemerality. Yellowed leaves scatter...

Garden Notes: Dry gardening

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 putting our children and summer friends on the boat. Nope. The...

Garden Notes: Protecting your garden

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 free of mosquitos. Flowerheads of Queen Anne’s lace decorate tawny...

Garden Notes: Sunlit pollinator love

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 lavender flowerheads abuzz with insects. You would not believe their...

Garden Notes: Oh, July!

The Fourth of July Island garden of 50 years ago was a limited palette of tawny daylilies, rambler roses ‘Excelsa’ and ‘Dorothy Perkins,’ honeysuckle, and privet. Oakleaf hydrangeas make superb hedges and backdrops, and...

Garden Notes: Solstice days

Summer is officially here, with the summer solstice this year on June 20. Fireflies announced the fact a little earlier: They have flashed for almost two weeks. Trees are in full foliage, which now...

Garden Notes: Lovely June

“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 the month when even the smallest, unpretentious garden has something...

Garden Notes: Kitchen garden

The Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of settled weather, outdoor grilling, and summer. It is also freighted with solemn meaning. Graves are decorated, and cemetery baskets placed. Two suggestions for that: geraniums for sunny...

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 Vineyard Times print edition! The evening star Venus still burns brightly....

Garden Notes: Spring to-do list

“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” ~ T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land. Although April has been a tumultuous month,...
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