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Garden Journal

Here comes the rain again, and the garden loves it

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Afternoon thunderstorms are common nowadays, washing the air and leaving everything fresh and clean. Record rainfall brought drifting flower petals to the ground, like colorful snow, and a delighted goldfinch landed in our birdbath fluffing its feathers. Catmint and coneflowers are humming with bees – bumbles, you know, the friendly kind, the ones that ignore humans and animals. There are more than 250 species of bumblebees ranging from tiny ones …

Garden Journal: The battle against powdery mildew

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Zweep? That’s the happy song of sweet yellow birds as they dive and swoop about the yard. Twin tall branches are set in a dense garden area, effectively hiding messy spillage. Sunshine is here for sure, and the garden area I just mentioned is brimming with early roses, yellow evening primrose, red poppies, blue catmint, white geranium and oodles of summer perennials yet …

Despite their one-season show, annuals have plenty to offer your garden

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Annual flowers are the Rodney Dangerfield of the plant world – they “don’t get no respect.” Even though they supply our gardens with season-long color, just because they have to be replanted every year they get the cold shoulder from many gardeners. Perennials are the divas, they give one outstanding performance a year …

Garden Journal: Composting is easy

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bring on the bugs and the dirty socks, scrapes, scratches, sunburnt noses, lost gardening gloves and bears that love birdfeeders – around here there is nothing like summertime to help get you inspired to grow something green. Instead of the usual petunia boxes, the common trend today is …

Garden Journal: What to do with all those weeds

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Every spring as I go bounding out the door to get started in the garden, I am amazed by the weeds that have sprouted up. So lush and green and healthy – and they are everywhere! Getting rid of those pesky weeds before they spread is my top …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …