Between the Rows
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Between the Rows: Flowers of autumn

Friday, September 26, 2014

Iyou are planning a flower garden, it’s a good idea to consider what kinds of flowers bloom well into the fall. Chrysanthemums immediately come to mind, if only because in September every supermarket dresses itself with ranks of potted mums. These mums are colorful, although a bit straitlaced in their pots, and may blind us to the many other flowers of autumn. One of my favorite autumn bloomers is the Japanese anemone. I have a large clump of the old pink variety Robustissima. It begins blooming in late summer and continues till a hard frost. Like Robustissima, the standard white Honorine Joubert has a classic … 0

Between the Rows: A windowsill garden

Friday, September 19, 2014

Many of us are very reluctant to put together a flower arrangement. We see photos of complicated bouquets accompanied by complicated descriptions of color and texture and know we could never aspire to making such a thing. In her new book “Windowsill Art: Creating one-of-a-kind natural arrangements to celebrate the seasons” (St. Lynn’s … 0

Between the Rows: spring blooming bulbs

Friday, September 12, 2014

These chilly days and cool nights have got me thinking about spring. Or more specifically, the need to plant spring blooming bulbs this fall. There is something about gardening that makes us gardeners keep one eye a season or two ahead, even as we work with the challenges and pleasures of the present. Catalogs for spring bloomers have already arrived. The Old House … 0

Between the Rows: ‘Five Plant Gardens’

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nancy Ondra has been gardening for over 20 years and she has 10 books to show for it. Her latest is “Five Plant Gardens: 52 ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants” (Storey Publishing $18.95). … 0

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Friday, March 7, 2014

I never imagined that tea changed the world. In my world, tea was served endlessly in the English novels I love, but tea did not become a regular part of my life until I met Elsa Bakalar in … 0

Pesticides: a complex subject

Friday, February 28, 2014

Banish the winter blues and get In the Pink at the Annual Bulb show at the Smith College Lyman Plant House. This annual show, always fabulous, is running from now through Sunday, March 16. It is no surprise … 0

Between the Rows: What’s the deal with microgreens?

Friday, February 21, 2014

You can find microgreen seed mixes in the seed racks. You can find “baby” greens mixed in with salad mixes at the supermarket. Why are these tiny greens becoming more and more popular? The term microgreen is fairly … 0

Between the Rows: Do you know your cabbages?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cabbage. Such an ordinary vegetable. We don’t give it much thought. We shred it into a salad, dress it into coleslaw, or boil it up with corned beef. But, there are many types of cabbage in the world … 0

Between the Rows: What’s new in vegetables?

Friday, February 7, 2014

What’s new in vege-tables? What a question. While I am not aware of any completely new species of vegetables, there are always new varieties which at least purport to be better, have a shorter or longer growing season, … 0

Between the Rows: new flowers

Friday, January 31, 2014

By tomorrow afternoon, Punxsutawney Phil will have told us whether we can count on an early spring. I have heard a rumor that he may very well do so. Maybe. I already know that it is still light … 0

Between the Rows: Planning your garden, Part 4

Friday, January 24, 2014

Before I end my discussion about garden planning, I want to add a few words about the view from the house, or more specifically, the view from a window. We spend time in the garden working and time socializing in the garden, but we can also enjoy the … 0

Between the Rows: Planning your garden, Part 3

Friday, January 17, 2014

Garden Planning takes a new direction after you have decided how much time you have, what activities you want to enjoy in the garden and what the garden needs in terms of soil improvement. You will also have decided whether you want a strictly ornamental garden, or if … 0

Between the Rows: Form follows function

Friday, January 10, 2014

For me, garden planning is difficult because I am always rushing about with a new idea for a new project. Things work out in the end, but I understand the unfettered enthusiasm that a new gardener, or a gardener with a new space, feels as she looks out … 0

How much time do you have to play in dirt?

Friday, January 3, 2014

There is a pile of seed and plant catalogs next to my chair so garden planning for 2014 has begun. I already have existing gardens, the big fenced Potager, the blueberry patch, the Herb Bed, the little Front Garden for early vegetables, the Daylily Bank, the Rose Bank, … 0

Between the Rows: Get ready to make glorious mistakes!

Monday, December 30, 2013

The noted essayist and poet Charles Lamb (1775-1834) said “New Year’s Day is everyman’s birthday.” As I look at the snow covered mowing near the center of Heath, I cannot help thinking that the mowing is like the first day of the year. It is perfect and flawless … 0