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Pat’s Clethera alnifolia.

Between the Rows: fragrant flowers

Friday, August 14, 2015

Earlier this week, I was watering plants in my new Greenfield garden and noticed a wonderful fragrance. My Clethera alnifolia is blooming, with upright pink panicles that perfume the air with a spicy fragrance. This shrub will possibly reach a height of 6 feet and is known by the common names of summersweet and sweet pepperbush. Butterflies love it. As I have said before, the greater area of my new garden demands plants that are tolerant of wet. Fortunately, this does not mean I have had to give up fragrance. Clethera alnifolia is a beautiful shrub that is tolerant of wet clay soil as well … 0

Between the Rows: Rules don't always rule

Friday, August 7, 2015

Everything changes. Our whole life is changing, but there are smaller changes in the world, like changes in cultivation rules, come to all gardeners with some regularity. We have been planting trees and shrubs in Greenfield and have followed new rules, and rubbed up against others unhappily. One old practice, if not a … 0

Between the Rows: New garden taking shape

Friday, July 31, 2015

“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade” Kipling said, and I must add that they are not made by looking at a plan, even one as beautiful as the custom design I am holding created by Home Outside. Gardens are made by thinking and digging, moving compost, planting and getting very … 0

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

Between the Rows: Fall cleanup

Friday, October 17, 2014

The weather has been kind to those of us who procrastinate and go about fall cleanup in the garden with a little less energy than we once had. Right now I am buckling down and in the midst … 0