Thursday, February 25, 2021

Garden Notes

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 "The Gardener Says," Princeton Architectural Press Pollinator gardens If pollinator-friendly gardening is...

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 happening, both at ground level and above, where lindens and...

Garden Notes: Peas, please

The Gardener says, “Gardening is a controlling practice, but a gentle one — mostly.” Crows are doing a great job of roadkill pickup. Think what an unpleasant job it would be for a human to...

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 the country may have drought. In the garden Lots of planting is...

Garden Notes: The state of buckeyes

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 their reproduction. Rainfall helps to wash the invisible cloud down...

Garden Notes: Spring in bloom

Outdoor living is here again, and lily of the valley, lilac, and especially, Viburnum carlesii scent the air. Memorial Day weekend reignites the grill. It will also find Islanders looking for plants for the...

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 plants. For a gift plant to be successful, pay attention...

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 fits my frame of mind. This is the eternal cycle,...

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. Even if it fools us, April is the time to...

Spring break activities at the West Tisbury library

The West Tisbury invites you to Spring break activities for this April break. According to a press release, activities are free and open to all. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied...

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. Watch for erratic low nighttime temperatures. Freeze/thaw cycles injure many...

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, buds are visibly swelling and branch tips coloring. This has...

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 and disappointment for the winter-weary. A wry comment on the first...

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 daytime classes, is planned for Saturday, Feb. 23. I already...

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 to whether it is the New Normal — that remains...

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 at 4:39 pm, versus rising at 7:13 am and setting...

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 far outside the garden. As columnists, I believe we are...

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. Tobin, knew of the need, and identified a way to...

Garden Notes: Trees in winter

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Gardens are mostly gone or blank, and we regard trees, which have been background all along anyhow, with renewed appreciation. The newly mown fields at Polly Hill Arboretum give the eye a rest and...

Garden Notes: Thanksgiving, and what follows

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The recent wintry mix announced we are staring down the mouth of winter, and year’s end. Dig planting holes for living Christmas trees now. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at our house without the four...
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