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July 13, 2019

Annual flowers like the lisianthus make for great cut flowers.

You can’t beat an annual plant for its desire to please the gardener. It has one season to live and it puts all of its energy into producing flowers. If you plant a seed, either indoors or directly in the ga...

June 28, 2019

Clematis is a versatile vining plant that comes in many sizes and colors. Monty Don, the British gardening personality, says, “Everyone loves clematis. To dislike clematis as a matter of principle would take a degree of perversity of the same order as disliking grass,...

June 14, 2019

Salix Integra growing in Dorian’s garden.

New growth is white with a touch of salmon color.

One of the most widely known willows is pussy willow. The botanical name is Salix discolor and it is native to North American wetlands. Its catkins are as soft as a kitten’s paws...

May 31, 2019

A mixed border at the garden of Martha Stewart in Katonah, NY.

I have heard seasoned plant people say that if they had to choose only one plant to grow in their garden it would be Allium. Why do gardeners love this genus of plants? Because Allium has hundreds of species...

May 10, 2019

Dorian’s herb garden prior to remediation.

With the abundance of rain we have been getting this spring many of us are having issues with drainage in places we never had them before. In some cases it might be best to wait and see if the problem persists or if it’s just...

April 13, 2019

One of the most satisfying parts of gardening for me is to take part in the miracle of plant propagation. It can be as simple as pinching off a stem and dropping it in a glass of water to watch roots grow, or as complicated as grafting a branch from one plant onto the...

March 15, 2019

At this time of year a little gardening therapy can go a long way. There isn’t much planting that can be done outdoors until the ground thaws and dries out a little, but there’s plenty you can be doing indoors. For me, the fun begins with grow lights.

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December 14, 2018

Tickets to the Garden Conersvancy’s Open Days tour are a great gift for the gardener in your life.

These are my handpicked gift ideas for the gardener and garden appreciator in your life. Prices range from $5 for a local handmade block print to $4,400 for a luxurious, s...

November 16, 2018

Amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs blooming exuberantly around the house are now a part of my winter garden tradition. I like to have paperwhites for the holidays, and I enjoy amaryllis from January through March. I stagger the planting so there’s always something blooming...

October 26, 2018

If you have an orchid where the flowers have fallen off and you don’t know what to do, read on.

Chances are your orchid is a Phalaenopsis, or phals for short in orchid circles, since it is the most common available commercially. You have two choices: Throw the plant out...

September 15, 2018

Order Spring Bulbs

Bulb catalogs arriving in our mailboxes in September are the equivalent of seed catalogs arriving in January. They are fun to look at, fun to dream about, and a great tool for planning ahead. I buy from Brent and Becky’s, which is a third- and fourth-...

August 19, 2018

August can be a misunderstood month. As gardeners we put our energy into fighting back weeds and thinking about next year’s garden, and often miss the rich variety of flowering plants that the late season has to offer. Garden centers will tell you that most people shop...

July 13, 2018

THE CURIOUS GARDENER

Making your own cement trough is the perfect recipe for outdoor summer fun if you’re a gardener. Hypertufa cement containers can be made in all shapes and sizes, and when yours is completed, you can plant it with a variety of jewel-like succulent pl...

June 15, 2018

A partnership of local and national groups advocating for the environment and open space have succeeded in securing $2.35 million in funds to purchase a 216-acre parcel of land on Corbin Hill in Pawling. The land, owned by Boniello Land and Realty, originally had plans...

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