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Notes From the Garden: In Search of Fall Blooms

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall treats us to vivid leaf color and some perennial flowers in blossom, but there are relatively few fall-blooming trees and shrubs. This is the time to see what is out there, and what you might add to your landscape. The PeeGee Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) is one everyone has seen. Look in any old cemetery and you will see them loaded with fluffy white panicles, each with hundreds of …

Notes From the Garden: Set Aside Summer’s Surplus for a Snowy Day

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It’s a rare gardener who doesn’t grow at least a few tomatoes. We all love them. I eat them at least twice a day in season, and sometimes I even have one with breakfast. But the season is short, so many of us try to put up tomatoes to have their flavor in winter soups and stews. Our grannies slaved over a hot …

Hard-Hat Gardeners

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The small slice of land formed by the Interstate 91 offramp and Route 5 in White River Junction already seems like a challenging place to maintain a garden. Heavy traffic rumbles by and road salt seeps into the soil. The only way to get water to the plants involves running a hose across …

As Economy Improves, Home Projects Increase

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The nation’s remodelers say that kitchen and bathroom redos remain the most popular, and that homeowners’ top motivation for renovating is to upgrade with newer, better features in their homes. “As the country’s financial footing improves, clients are better able to realize their home-design dreams,” said Robert Criner, …

Notes for the Garden: Helping Plants Survive Dry Weather

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Thank heavens we finally got some rain. I had less than half an inch in the first 29 days of May. If my plants were puppies, they’d have done a lot of whimpering during that last hot week of the month. They’d have been begging for water, complaining …

Drought or Not, Conserving Water Is a Smart Idea

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. — In dry, dusty Southern California, dealing with the worst drought in state history has become the “new normal.” Banners declaring Be Water Wise! stretch above streets. Gov. Jerry Brown recently ordered mandatory restrictions to cut urban water use across California by 25 percent. Other western …

Studio, Getaway: Backyard Sheds Are Reimagined

Sunday, May 31, 2015

When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools. The couple transformed the 10-by-12-foot building into a bar to use during outdoor parties …

Notes From the Garden: A Salute to Garden Clubs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I’d like to tip my hat to the unsung heroines of the gardening world, the members of garden clubs around the region. Garden club members have recently been busy planting annual flowers at their local libraries, in the …

Notes From the Garden: Don’t Neglect Shade-Favoring Flowers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I aspire to be the Goatsbeard King of Cornish Flat. Maybe I already am. I have several, and no one else I know here grows goatsbeard (Aruncus dioecious). It is one of many flowers I grow that do well in light shade, getting bigger and better every year, …

Notes From the Garden: The Magic of Planting Seeds

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Every spring each of us must decide when to plant our tender annual plants. I am of the conservative branch of the gardening family. I do not want to take a chance damaging or killing my tomatoes, peppers, …

Charcoal or Gas?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Among outdoor grilling fans, no rivalry burns hotter: gas grills vs. charcoal grills. We asked some grilling experts to weigh in on this searing question as the spring/summer grilling season arrives.. Gas Is Convenient Aaron Nelson, owner of Quality Grill Service in Indianapolis, said grills powered by gas …

Notes From the Garden: For Mother’s Day, Consider Annuals

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Okay, Mother’s Day is coming right up, and you haven’t bought her anything. Instead of getting another electric waffle iron or promising to wash her car, just like you did last year (but haven’t done yet), head to …

Notes From the Garden: Spring Is for Wildflowers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wildflowers have wowed me since I was a little boy. I remember seeing pink lady-slippers in a pine woods in Hingham, Mass., when I was just 2 years old and being awed by them. My mom wouldn’t let …