Friday, August 5, 2022

Garden Notes

Martha’s Vineyard gardeners beware: campanula moves in and stays

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"A pleasing species but liable to become a rampant weed," is an understatement when it comes to campanula.

Garden tour takes in five fine gardens on Martha’s Vineyard

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Gardeners got an eyeful during a tour of five private gardens up-Island "” all to benefit the Congregational Church in West Tisbury.

The blazing blue Lithodora

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The name of the blazing blue plants trailing over a retaining wall as you drive into Oak Bluffs is Lithodora diffusa, in the family famous for blues.

Magnificent magnolias thrive on Martha’s Vineyard

Is there a prettier tree to ogle than a magnolia?

Earth Day means more now than ever; daffodil failure

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Caring for our home planet now will help protect its future, and ours.

Nowadays, pale yellow is in vogue in and around the garden

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Style is random and demanding: keeping up with the latest trendy colors can be quite a challenge.

Extra early season upends gardening calendars

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Predicting how things will grow this spring is tricky business, since the season is so advanced.

Bark is often overlooked as a mark of beauty and individuality

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The pattern, texture, and color of a its bark makes a tree more interesting and easier to identify.

Snow-drop madness in Britain; pragmatic garden books over here

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When a solitary bulb goes for more than $1,000, gardening has become a competitive sport.

Greening the winter landscape; ordering seeds for spring

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Evergreens provide relief from the mid-winter monochromatic landscape, while seed ordering offers hope for the future.

Maximixing onions, controlling voles challenge Island gardeners

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Starting about now, stored vegetables are likely to start sprouting.

With just a taste of winter so far, the harvest goes on

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Most years, gardens would be covered by snow by now, or turned under, but this is 2012 and who knows what's going on.

Gardening on Martha’s Vineyard: looking forward to 2012

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Mulching is like a buying an insurance policy for your plants and garden, buffering them against unknown risks.

Martha’s Vineyard gardeners still picking, and planning ahead

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While kale and root crops extend this season, local gardeners are planning for the next one.

Harnessing bittersweet, harvesting kale on Martha’s Vineyard

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The unseasonable weather reminds gardeners that their work is never finished, really.

More fruit, leaf use, Kale soup tips

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Increasing yield, using what's available, and trying new recipes keeps some gardeners continually satisfied.

Bulbs. tubers, and plans for spring on Martha’s Vineyard

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Eighteenth annual Barn Raisers' Ball, Saturday 7:30 to 10 pm at the Ag Hall.

Saying goodbye to this year’s garden, and a bit on bats

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Elusive bats, fluttering at dusk, their Hallowe'en shapes silhouetted against the dying light, symbolize how much of the quotidian is unknown to us.

Dry weather imperils plants on Martha’s Vineyard

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With no significant rain in a month, Island flora is dangerously stressed when it needs to be tough going into the dark months.

Gardening on Martha’s Vineyard starts to slow down

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All the signs point to it: pesky yellow jackets, heavy dewfall, the katydid and cricket chorus, roadside banks of goldenrod. Summer is cresting and Labor Day looms.