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Between the Rows: Asian gardens

Friday, October 2, 2015

In my youth, I thought Chinese and Japanese gardens were very similar. Over the years, I have learned how wrong I was. Both concentrate on bringing the gardener — and visitors — into nature. With the Chinese, it is a wilder nature, intended for strolling, visiting and sharing with friends. For the Japanese, the garden is more stylized with carefully pruned trees and shrubs that can be admired from inside a sheltered spot. There are many ways in which they differ, some are easily perceived while others are more subtle. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanic Gardens in San Marino, Calif., has a Japanese … 0

Between the Rows: Harvest rain with Hugelkultur

Friday, September 25, 2015

Learning how to harvest rain and manage water use is an urgent topic in California, where I have been visiting, but it is a big topic for all of us. It is important for us all to manage our use of that precious resource — water. My husband, Henry, and I have been … 0

Between the Rows: fallscaping

Friday, September 18, 2015

It’s September and time to think about our fallscape. After the heat and riotous color of the summer garden, things can start to look a little tired, but we can include plantings that will bring fresh color and life to our landscape even as the days grow shorter. As we enter the autumnal … 0

Between the Rows: White flowers bring cool serenity

Friday, January 30, 2015

As I look out at the newly white fields, I cannot help but think about the white flowers that bloom in the spring. There are so many, from shrubs to tall perennials and low-blooming groundcovers. White flowers bring … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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