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Marsha Sessions’ conifers in Heath have grown substantially over the years.

Between the Rows: Conifers, a large and versatile family

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pines, firs, junipers, spruces and others are all conifers, cone-bearing evergreen trees. Within this large family there are many sizes, from low-growing ground covers to very tall trees, with many types of foliage and many foliage colors from green to blue-green to gold. Evergreens like pines, firs and spruces have needles, while junipers, cedars and arborvitae have scalelike foliage. Recently, I visited two friends with conifer collections. Both bought their plants locally at different nurseries so they could choose the exact plant they desired. One friend has made use of low-growing conifers for the edges of her in-town garden, while the other lives in Heath … 0

Between the Rows: Broadleaf Evergreens

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rhododendrons are probably the largest group of broadleaf evergreens that are familiar to most of us. They can play a big part in adding substance and interest in the garden during the winter. I do confess it took me a while to understand the cigar roll shape those broad leaves take when the … 0

Between the Rows: houseplants and nurseries

Friday, January 9, 2015

Some of us may have gotten a gift plant during the holidays. If we are not experienced indoor gardeners, this can cause some anxiety. “Now what do I do?” the recipient may wonder when the gift givers have left the premises. I personally think it is perfectly acceptable to treat any gift plant … 0

Between the Rows: ‘Digging Deep’

Friday, January 2, 2015

In her book “Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening” ($14.95), Fran Sorin makes the point that we are all creative creatures. Every baby ever born learns something new every day, laughs at something new every day. … 1

Between the Rows: What’s new for 2015?

Friday, December 26, 2014

In just five days we’ll have entered a new year where unimagined things may happen. How much of 2014 did you foresee on Jan. 1, 2014? I’ll bet lots of the unimagined entered your life and I hope … 0

Between the Rows: Last Christmas in Heath

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The decision has been made. This is our last Christmas in Heath. Of course, life being what it is, nothing is certain, but we are looking for a house in Greenfield where we will celebrate Christmas 2015. Decisions … 0

Between the Rows: Gifts for the gardener

Friday, December 12, 2014

I have never thought it very hard to find gifts for the gardener. After all, what does a gift say? I love you? I understand you? I want you to enjoy your days? I want your dreams to … 0

Between the Rows: Mary Garden

Friday, November 28, 2014

The liturgical season of Advent is a time of waiting for the momentous birth of the Christ Child. During the waiting time of Advent, I cannot help but think about what a confusing time it must have been … 0

Between the Rows: Give thanks for squash!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey, squash and pumpkin pie are the Thanksgiving triumvirate. And we will give thanks for all three, as well as the oyster stuffing, creamed onions and all the rest. A groaning board indeed to stand in for all … 0

Between the Rows: thinking about gardens

Friday, November 14, 2014

As I‘ve worked to put my gardens to bed this fall, I’ve also been thinking about how they came to take this form and about how any garden takes form. Some people plan a garden in one fell … 0

Between the Rows: Pat finds connections at the Intervale Centet

Friday, November 7, 2014

My visit with my cousin Travis Marcotte at the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vt., stunned me with the varied ways an organization could support farmers, the vitality of their conservation effort, the size of a marketing project like … 0

Between the Rows: The Intervale Center

Friday, October 31, 2014

Intervale: n. Regional. A tract of low-lying land, especially along a river. The Intervale Center in Burlington, Vt., has three goals: to enhance the viability of farming; to promote the sustainable use and stewardship of agricultural lands; and … 0

Between the Rows: Growing interest in gardening

Friday, October 24, 2014

When I arrived last Thursday afternoon, the scene at the Discovery School at the Four Corners school garden was controlled chaos. Several teachers were staying after school to divide and pot up perennials from the butterfly garden. “Is … 0