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Dormancy: a beautiful excuse for a rest

By   /  November 29, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Keep your eyes out for praying mantis seed cases like this one, stuck to an aster stem.

      I sometimes have trouble finding the beauty in dormant plants and it feels like sacrilege to admit that. After all, I’m a born and bred Rhode Islander who, no matter how much I dream about the Caribbean and surround myself with tropical houseplants, cannot actually imagine living in a climate of perpetual summer. […]

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Dahlias’ days are over

By   /  November 13, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

It’s dark now. As I look out the window towards my garden, a reflection of the mess on my desk bounces back at me. I don’t really need to see the garden to know what’s out there but over the last few months I have gotten used to scanning that view for inspiration. And if […]

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It’s time to move tender plants back inside

By   /  October 6, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Begonias are among the tenderest of plants and should be brought in well before overnight temperatures drop into the 40s.

My back deck has been one of my favorite places in the garden this year. There are just enough potted plants displayed on it to be lush and interesting but not overly jungle-y. (Unlike the rest of my garden.) The angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia) loomed and bloomed in a corner and is about to bloom again. […]

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Where are the butterflies?

By   /  September 19, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

ButterflyBush

From where I’m sitting, if I turn my head 90° to the right I have a view of a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii ‘Ellen’s Blue’) planted under my window. I can clearly see, even through the screen, the tiny orange anthers inside hundreds of deep purple-blue flowers clustering every twig end, and my nose is […]

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Give your garden room to grow

By   /  September 4, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Col—Green—9.4.13

Recently I went away from my garden for a week and in that time my garden grew. I know I shouldn’t be surprised because over the summer plants generally need very little encouragement to reach in all directions. But perhaps because I had spent my vacation focused on the starkness of printed pages and gazing […]

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Delicious no-fuss garden snacks

By   /  August 21, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Col—Green—GroundCherry

This might sound a little sacrilegious coming from a diehard gardener but I’m not really into growing food. I have little inclination to provide supplemental watering, fertilizing, staking, and coddling for plants in my own garden. Not to mention, the complicated calculus of succession planting (sow seeds for fall crops now!) might make my head […]

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Feeling like a deadbeat? Deadhead

By   /  August 7, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

I am not ashamed to admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time in my garden in the last few weeks. No one should when it’s ninety-something humid degrees outside and the sun feels like it’s out for blood. If you’re like me, you have accomplished the bare minimum first thing in the morning […]

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Two trees with mid-summer blooms: one doomed, one divine

By   /  July 24, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Col—Green

After the lindens finish blooming in early July I quit expecting to see—or smell—another tree in full flower. I’m not entirely sure why that’s so except that it’s usually hot by now, and if I have to be outside under the punishing sun, I hide under a hat that blocks my skyward vision and forces […]

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June’s weather-related lesson in plant appreciation

By   /  July 10, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

Tetrapanax paperifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

Even if that wasn’t the rainiest June in the history of the universe (and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were), week-long rain showers gave me a whole new appreciation for some plants that I already couldn’t live without. Plants that lend my otherwise fluffy garden some definition and distinction. Plants that stand out. Plants […]

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Down to Earth: It’s time to take a seat

By   /  June 26, 2013  /  Columns  /  No Comments

From here on in, one of the best things to do in the garden is nothing at all. I believe that staring at the garden is at least as important as weeding it. It’s like gazing deeply into the eyes of a loved one: a great way to get better acquainted and stay connected. We […]

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