Thursday, July 18, 2024

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Garden Notes: On into the winter

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Beets and indeterminate tomato varieties are a good bet because they prolong the harvest in our warm, extended autumn weather pattern. Conversely, the determinate tomatoes are those that bloom and set fruit in an all-at-once...

Wild Side: Odd ducks

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If you’re fond of odd-looking birds, you’re in luck! Late fall is prime time for viewing American coots on Martha’s Vineyard. A member of the same taxonomic family as rails, the coot is one...

What’s in a tree?

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I grew up in Upstate New York, and I can remember going out with my family to cut down our Christmas trees. My dad would grab an old rusty hand saw that lived in...

Garden Notes: The harvest holiday

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Island gardens for the most part have finally succumbed to frost. (Thanksgiving, when we had pond skating here when I was a little kid in West Tisbury!) Ursa Major, the Big Dipper, has assumed...

Wild Side: The 3D chess of a Cooper’s hawk

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This past weekend, as I was doing some final fall chores in our Oak Bluffs yard, I noticed an elongated blob high in a huge catalpa tree across the street from our house. Without...

Garden Notes: Find the color in deep fall

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Vivid backlit foliage and low sun gleam fleetingly. Frost has visited some Island gardens. The wren chirps loudly at dusk, “gather-in, gather-in,” her inclination and ours too. The days of least light lie before...

Wild Side: The yellow-rumped warbler

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Last Saturday, Oct. 28, saw a flurry of activity around the parking loop at the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah. Some of the activity was human: A field trip run by the Martha’s Vineyard...

Garden Notes: Lovely autumnal colors

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It seems sudden, like — overnight: Aronias dripping with ruby fruit, hollies winking red, and sumac’s scarlet foliage topped in crimson velvet cones. In the rain, the fig and the native witch hazel are...

Monarchs and milkweeds

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Is there a butterfly more recognized and loved than the beautiful orange and black monarch? Most people are familiar with the basic monarch story: These beauties, like birds, are migrants who spend part of...

Wild Side: Chipping sparrows

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October is sparrow season on the Vineyard, and indeed throughout southern New England. This is the month when all the sparrow species that occur here regularly can be found, and when the odds are...

Garden Notes: Chrysanthemums reign supreme

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Now that gardens are settling into the subtler phases of autumn and the end of the season, it is a good point to evaluate what works and what you like. Cleanup, which reveals the...

Wild Side: Seaside goldenrod

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This past weekend, I focused my fieldwork on one of my favorite plants: seaside goldenrod, Solidago sempervirens. The common name accurately sums up the habitat preference of this important wildflower: It’s primarily a plant...

Garden Notes: Fall in full

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Farewell to summer ’23, and welcome to fall. The autumnal equinox occurred on Sept. 23. The remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia coincided, bringing 2.5-plus inches of rain. This, in addition to Sept. 18’s 2.6...

Meadow makers

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Kathy Connolly’s focus is ecological landscape design. With a master's degree from Conway School of Landscape Design in Northampton, she describes ecological landscaping this way: “We know that the world operates on natural systems...

Gardens of Love: Connie Hyde

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You may think I’m stretching it to include the garden at Chilmark’s Martha’s Vineyard Bank, but I’ve watched over the past seven years as the garden beds flourished into a showcase of color, beauty,...

Wild Side: Birds from Lee

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Vineyard birders have a love-hate relationship with tropical storms. Like anybody else, we respect the enormous power of these systems, and dread the damage a direct hit by a strong storm invariably produces. On...

Garden Notes: Uncontrolled growth

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As to what is happening with the weather, Hurricane Lee’s Atlantic path titillates in the news, adding a frisson of danger to coastal lives and visits. Despite what could very well become a dangerous...

Wild Side: Sense of direction

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September is the peak of migration, not just for birds but for bats, butterflies, and dragonflies as well. We tend to think of fall migration as mainly a southward movement, and that makes sense....

Garden Notes: New chapters in the garden

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Butterfly time — monarchs, swallowtails, skippers, clouded sulphurs, painted ladies, cabbage whites — they flutter, sail, and float above the garden, reveling in the sunlight. Visitors and family have left, or are leaving, and there...

M.V. Garden Club’s Edgartown Garden Stroll was a big success

On August 10, the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club hosted a garden stroll fundraiser for the club. The event featured five privately owned gardens, as well as the Cooke House and Legacy Gardens, owned by...