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Poinsettias have an interesting history and growers are now experimenting with different colors. (Courtesy of D.S. Cole Growers)

Notes From the Garden: Keep My Poinsettias Simple

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I like poinsettias and buy one every year. And every year the poinsettia industry produces new colors and shapes for the plant’s bracts, the traditionally red leaves that surround the poinsettia’s less colorful flowers. Standard red has given way to pink, maroon, white and red, pink and red; simple bracts are now double, double with ruffles. There is always a …

Notes From the Garden: Making a Festive Holiday Decoration

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

This time of year I need all the help I can get. Cloudy, gray days do not make me cheerful. Days that end at 4 p.m. do not please me. I counteract the dark with lights, flowers on the table and greenery (and maybe a little chocolate). This year I decided to make …

Designers’ Advice On Decorating a Christmas Tree

Sunday, December 7, 2014

For generations, the choice was simple: 1. Strap a live Christmas tree to the roof of your car, wrestle it into a tree stand at home and hope it wouldn’t fall over. Or, 2. Put up an artificial tree that was unmistakably fake. Fortunately, the options have expanded dramatically, from realistic fake trees pre-lit with softly glowing LED lights to environmentally friendly, abstract …

Before Winter, Get Vegetables Into the Freezer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer is nearly over. Those big yellow school buses are beginning their morning ambles and cool nights call for blankets on the bed. It’s time for me to get serious about putting up veggies for the winter. With the exception of lettuce, most vegetables can be saved for …

Notes From The Garden: Daylilies Are an Excellent Choice for the Garden and Plate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What one kind of flower would you bring with you if you were being sentenced to life on a deserted island? Would you pick peonies for their big, bold blossoms and tantalizing smell? Or perhaps primroses for their …

Bedroom Desk? It’s Under All That Junk

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Alyssa Kimble, a soon-to-be fourth-grader in White Plains, N.Y., said she uses the desk in her bedroom for “everything” — creating lesson plans for her make-believe school, writing stories and storing stuff. Everything, that is, except homework. “Usually, …

So Much More Than a Garden

Sunday, August 17, 2014

White River Junction — Considering the cost of water, fertilizer and his own labor, it would probably be cheaper to buy vegetables than grow them himself, but to Nalin Patel, the garden on the grounds of the Pine …

Self-Guided Garden Tours Include Windsor County

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Five gardens in Vermont’s Windham and Windsor counties will be open to the public for self-guided tours on Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tours, held rain or shine, include vegetable gardens, English-inspired garden rooms and an artist’s studio. Visitors may begin at any of …

Notes From the Garden: Aug. 13, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Most of us have our own insecurities. We might be insecure about some aspect of our looks, or how we did in school, or perhaps about our athletic abilities. For gardeners, our compost piles are often a source …

The Deer Have Seats at the Hanover Garden Buffet

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Have you heard about the new All-You-Can-Eat Buffet in Hanover? It is a vegetarian’s delight with delicious salads of only the freshest organic ingredients. The endless variety of mouth-watering, tender, leafy, greens is beautifully displayed among colorful seasonal …

The Pros and Cons Of Power Washing

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s not just national monuments like Mount Rushmore than could benefit from a good power wash every now and then. Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won’t take away? Stains on your concrete …

Are You Properly Insured for Remodeling?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

There are many topics more exciting than homeowners insurance, I’ll grant you that. But since your house is likely to be your biggest asset, it’s wise to periodically examine coverage, to ensure that you’re adequately covered against damage and liability. This is especially important if you’re planning a …

Gardens Can Take Vacations, Too, With Proper Care

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sometimes life interferes with being a gardener. Here it is, mid-summer and most of my vegetables are nearly ready to be eaten or to be put up for the winter. But I was invited to a wedding of a dear friend in Tanzania, and I am going! So …