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Garden Journal: This season’s start is slow, but it has begun

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It is tempting to compare this year with last year, when the tree leaves and the tulips arrived at the same time – a month early. On the first day above freezing last week, I flung open the doors and windows for a badly needed airing out only to find an owl lurking right outside on the ledge. He was gazing intently at the bird feeder, upon which several innocent … 0

Garden Journal: 20th annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show takes place March 29 and 30

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring arrived on Thursday, and garden season will be coming round the corner at a fast gallop. Are you ready? What could be a better way to welcome spring than spending a day at a home and garden show with arts and crafts, music, food, heirloom seeds, garden supplies, green plants, blooming flowers and more? The 20th annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show … 0

September gardening: Opportunities abound

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I’m just returning home after a week on the northern coast, way up where the rocky points jut into the sea and the ocean mist is laced with the scent of wild roses, balsam and juniper. No matter where you live in New England, September is, without a doubt, the most splendid and … 0

Ending a wet summer on a drier note with a food dehydrator

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Are your windows jammed or your rubber-soled shoes adhering to the hardwood floors? Front doors a wee bit stuck? My, we’ve had some wet and humid weather of late. Looking back at the garden season this year it was a bit off overall; some gardens did very well … 0

Garden Journal: Actually, it’s not an artichoke and it’s not from Jerusalem

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Here’s a little story about an amazing plant with an identity problem. Commonly known in some parts as the Jerusalem artichoke, it is neither from Jerusalem nor is it an artichoke, and that’s just for starters. There has been quite a bit of speculation about how it got … 0

A royal birth: The arrival of a baby hummingbird

Sunday, August 11, 2013

It’s the crack of dawn, and I have been enjoying my coffee in the wee morning hours listening to the song of the robins and the thrushes echoing from the treetops. I know I am about to witness one of nature’s spectacles that many have never seen. A … 0

Beneficial birds

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fling open the windows, sweep the walks, pull out the lawn chairs and uncoil the hoses – spring has sprung in New Hampshire, and it is glorious. The sky was such a beautiful shade of blue last week, that I almost fell over from gazing at it. It … 0

Garden Journal: Taming a garden gone awry takes work but is well worth the effort

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The summer gardens come rolling in like waves at the ocean; there are high tides and low as the flowers come and go. First are columbine, iris, campanula and Cranesbill. These are followed by the foamy breakers of peonies, with such weighted heads they go crashing to the … 0

Spreading color: Some plants require no help at all

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The transition from spring to summer comes bounding in like a startled deer in a meadow full of daisies. Add some purple lupine and red or yellow Indian paintbrush and you would have the perfect New Hampshire scene. … 0

Garden Journal: Summer gardening in N.H. can be wild

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The thing about gardening at the edge of the woods is there is always something going on – incidents that were either instigated by me, which is often the case, combined with dealings that mother nature decides to throw into the mix. One thing is for certain, you … 0

Division is the answer for seasoned perennials

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Is it mid-May already? A cool breeze rustles tender new leaves on the oak trees – they must be 100 shades of green right now. This is the most vibrant reminder that the season has, indeed, begun. Quite often as we exuberantly bound outside with trowel and shovel … 0