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Archive for November, 2011

Winter Illumination

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 30 As much as I dislike coming home in the dark when it’s only 5 PM, I have to admit that the low sun does bring gifts with the early nightfall. From 2 o’clock on, certain parts of the garden are lit in ways that spotlight particular plants. The [...]

What Comes Naturally

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 28 At this time of year I create custom arrangements and wreaths at the garden center. Over the years I’ve seen that the most popular compositions are those that use natural materials. Anything created with cones, shells, and greens is the first to sell, and with good reason. The [...]

Dear Dahlia Tubers

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 26 – In the Spirit of Thanksgiving Week Dear Dahlia Tubers, Thanks for allowing me to catch up on the news. As I dust off your clumps and wrap you in newspaper for the winter, interesting articles keep catching my eye. I don’t know how I missed all these [...]

Dear Brown Hydrangeas

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 25 – In The Spirit of Thanksgiving Week Dear Brown Hydrangeas, It’s no wonder you are Cape Cod’s favorite shrub. Your flowers are huge, abundant and long lasting. And those colors! I don’t know which phase I like best: the time when flowers first open and are partially white, [...]

Dear Kale

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 24 – In the Spirit of Thanksgiving Week Dear Kale, When I bought you in September you were attractive but not very colorful. You were undemanding after I placed you in the garden, however, and didn’t even complain when I didn’t notice the slug damage right away. I’m glad [...]

Dear Frost

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 23 – In the Spirit of Thanksgiving Week Dear Frost, I have to say that although I dread your arrival, you manage to make the landscape magical the morning after you arrive. Seeing all my plants edged in your white lace reminds me to appreciate this season and the [...]

Dear Poison Ivy

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 22 – In the Spirit of Thanksgiving Week Dear Poison Ivy Vines Thanks for reminding me not to judge something by how it looks. You appear to be brown and dormant…just another dead stem in a woodland full of such stalks. Really, you look so harmless. Yes, I now [...]

Dear Banana Tree

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 21 – In the Spirit of Thanksgiving Week You probably noticed my admiring looks all summer, but now that your leaves hang like brown rags I want you to know that you still have my appreciation. Thanks for reminding me to never say never. You’ve grown for two years [...]

Dear Bluebirds

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 20th – In the spirit of Thanksgiving Week Dear Bluebirds, Thanks for hanging out in my gardens instead of flying south for the winter. Your brilliant coloring catches my eye and lifts my heart…a good thing too, since it causes me to notice your longing looks at the dirty [...]

Framing The Magic

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 17 I have a constantly changing slideshow of garden photos as my computer desktop and screensaver, and occasionally one of these photos catches my attention. This evening the shot of the lights on lakeside trees stuck me and I started thinking about how we frame views. In this case [...]