Gardening & Landscaping

Hellebores blooming in December.

There are cherry trees and flowering almonds blooming all over Nantucket.  Daffodil foliage is sprouting and I even saw a photo of an Iris in bloom in a...

Before I moved to Nantucket I had never heard of ‘putting your garden to bed.’  My childhood gardens were mostly vegetable gardens and I guess the idea of...

It never fails. Every time I press a fragrant rose to my nose and take a deep breath, my grandfather’s image is conjured up. Tall and tan, with sparse, snowy...
It's time to weed the garden!

There’s one thing that has to happen in every garden whether it’s ornamental or edible, new or established, and that is weeding.  Uggh you say? Can’t I just...
How do you care for daffodils to keep them blooming for years?

Spring has sprung and the daffodils are finally at peak bloom (better late than never!) A few people have asked why their daffs aren’t blooming as well as in...
Bees flock to sunflowers.

The first time someone asked me what they should plant to keep the bees out of their garden, I was dumbstruck. I thought ‘Why would you want to do that?’  But...

It’s nearly time for that uniquely Nantucket rite of spring – Daffodil weekend.  There are plenty of great events celebrating the first whiff of spring, and...
Digiplexis Flame

While Nantucket’s annual town meeting has some folks' knickers in a bunch, those of us in the gardening world are planning for, preparing for and wishing for...

Berried shrubs are often overlooked as a garden addition, but in fall and winter, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing bright red berries dotting the...
Vermillionaire is still blooming...and it's October

Of all the flowering pots I had on my deck this summer, I love the ‘Hot Pot’ the most.  Or maybe the new succulent pot. Or maybe even the one with the Stipa in...

Ugghh.  Another plant disease that’s here to stay is affecting one of the most heavily used and most loved herbs – the star of the summer – Basil.  This...

Several days ago I returned from a brief trip off-island to discover that it still hadn’t rained here and the garden and pots were in dire need of some hose...

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