Gardening & Landscaping

Sometimes just hearing the words Poison Ivy can make people begin to itch. It’s a cruel reality that our island is rife with the three-leaved menace called...
Rudbeckia triloba - one of the many different flowers that goes by the nickname 'Black Eyed Susan.'

One of the benefits of being in the proximity of so many fantastic gardens and gardeners is that once in a while we all get the chance to see some of those...

MOM! There are ants all over these flowers!  Sound familiar?  Ants are attracted to the sticky sap that exists on the buds of peonies.  However, with all the...
Rhododendron Heritage Hybrid

Under regular circumstances Cape Cod for me is merely a jumping off point, a link for getting from the end of the ferry ride to my final destination. But last...

Sometimes it surprises me when I hear someone say they have never tried rhubarb, except in a strawberry rhubarb pie! A harbinger of spring, rhubarb is a cool...
Ranunculus

We’re bound to ride the roller coaster ride called ‘springtime on Nantucket,’ over the next couple months, complete with swings in temperature and varying...

One part of my job at Bartlett’s Farm is seeding.  That is putting the seeds of flowers we grow into their flats to begin germinating. I’ve been doing this...

Last week, a colleague and I went to a conference ‘away.’  After two days and nights in beautiful Sturbridge, MA, we had a day to do some exploring and after...

The fragrance hits your nose as soon as you walk in the house.  Our Jasmine polyanthum is blooming and is covered with thousands of five petaled, star-shaped...

These sunny days in the winter make me yearn for spring. All the usual seed vendors on island are displaying gorgeous, mouth-watering and eye-popping packs of...

Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) is one my favorite shrubs.  Some other Witch Hazels bloom very early in the spring, but this variety,’ Jelena’, blooms reliably every...

Last summer, I took a garden tour and one of the garden owners told me “You won’t be able to get any tomato that is not grafted with a couple years.”  I don’t...

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