Now is the time to prepare for spring

CAMBRIDGE — As the days grow shorter, the trees bare and flowers almost non-existent, you might look upon this season as the gloomiest time of year for gardeners– the exact opposite of spring. But you’d be wrong. November is the time to prepare for spring. And to help you in this glorious, fun-filled task: Bargain […]

Favorite flowers of October grace the county

Drifting along through this lovely season of fall, when the stifling heat and humidity of summer have faded to a memory and the biting cold of winter is barely a distant worry ahead, many colorful flowers still grace Dorchester’s gardens and countryside.Even in the dark, early morning, when moonlight makes a silver path over the […]

Fragrant hosta — a treasure worth planting

A friend of mine has fragrant hosta growing near her front door. I never knew such a plant existed. She bought it at Lowe’s in Easton years ago, she said, and she doesn’t know its name. Hosta, which everyone and their cousin grows in shady areas, especially around house foundations, has always looked boring to […]

Bulbs to plant now for pretty autumn flowers

NECK DISTRICT — You may think there’s nothing left to do in the garden, after clearing up the debris left by last week’s storm. You may be fed up with 90-degree weather. But if you’re looking forward to fall, why not plant some bulbs that will produce lovely flowers when other plants are starting to […]

Lawns could use a bit of summertime TLC

A friend complained that brown patches had appeared in her lawn. What had caused them and how could she restore the grass to its former splendor? Various factors may account for the unsightly patches, but the first thing to know is that disease and in-sects usually don’t cause such eyesores. The culprit could be animal […]

What’s that? A non-indigenous aquatic species

No, it’s not swimming, but it sure is on the move.I’ve recently heard interviewers ask experts, particularly with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic: “What keeps you awake at night?” or, “What do you worry about at 3:00 o’clock in the morning?” The question could well apply to gardening, too, and asked of any gardener. What […]

Azaleas: Color to cure the coronavirus blues

As we contemplate an uncertain future amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is certain and comforting: The spring and summer flowering of one of the most stunning garden shrubs of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions — azaleas.May may be the best time to see the amazing display of colorful azalea bushes that grace our gardens. […]

Make a moss garden: No digging required

Not long ago, I wrote about moss – how it had proliferated in the County since last year’s very wet spring and how some civilizations admired the tiny plant so much they devoted entire gardens to it.This spring, as the unusually wet weather seems to be recurring, patches of moss which appeared in my yard […]

Normandy woman creates garden like a painting come to life

Once upon a time, the stunning garden I want to tell you about was an orchard in a farming village in northern France. Apple trees, luxuriant green grass and wild flowers grew there. Far enough from the city that the dominant sounds heard were garden birds singing, roosters crowing and hens clucking, the village probably […]

Gardening in Northern France

The next few columns will focus on gardeners and their gardening secrets in a place far from the Eastern Shore – Upper Normandy, an area well north of the Normandy Beaches of World War II that so many people associate with Normandy. This part of France is a land of high cliffs, split by long, […]