Tag Archives: New England

A New Strain: “Last Gasp” Morning Glories!

When my gardening neighbor planted the vines on the other side of the trellis shared by our patios, I was delighted. The quickly climbing green leaves made no distinction between thine and mine. They clambered through the lattice to my side as … Continue reading

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HOW SWEET IT IS: The Gift of the Maples

Here in New England (and all the way north into Canada), the deciduous sugar maple (Acer Saccharum) is leafless and barren in February, a dead sign of a dead land. Or would be — except that with the slightest daytime warming, sap … Continue reading

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October is Orange and Blue — and Pumpkins!

            “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”           —  Nathaniel … Continue reading

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Shochikubai: Three Friends of Winter

SHO —         CHIKU —         and BAI —         We all get by with a little help from our friends — and since ancient times each of these “three friends … Continue reading

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