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October pleasures in the garden

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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By October, many people assume all the flowers in the garden are finished for the year. This is the season for the trees and forests to bask in their colorful glory — and for the leaf peepers to take to their cars.

But do not write the garden off too hastily. October has plenty of delights in store for gardeners too.

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Butterflies: Magical garden creatures

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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BY JUDITH IRVEN

Photos by DICK CONRAD

It is pure magic to watch a group of delicate butterflies fluttering around the garden. At first glance they seem to move entirely at random. But watch quietly for a few minutes and you will see they have an unmistakable sense of direction as they navigate from flower to flower in search of nectar.

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Design your own garden

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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August is a quiet month in the life of a gardener — a wonderful time to relax and enjoy our creations.  Spring weeding and planting activities are far behind us and fall clean-up chores are still weeks away. 

And, since you can readily see what aspects of the garden you like or don’t like, August is also the perfect time to mull on changes you might want to make sometime in the future and even experiment with your design ideas on paper.

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Stroll public gardens, old and new, in Manchester

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Strolling around a lovely garden is the quintessential way to spend a leisurely afternoon in high summer. And here in Vermont one can find plenty of marvelous gardens open to the public. For instance Manchester alone is home to two great gardens that are situated just four miles apart.

Furthermore these two gardens, which were created exactly 100 years apart, also allow us to experience first-hand how garden fashions have evolved over the past century.

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Peonies: June beauty queens

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Peonies are one of the most beautiful and venerated garden plants. With their massive blooms in shades of red, pink and white and yellow they are the queens of the June garden. And best of all, given fertile soil, good air circulation and adequate sunlight, peonies are not only easy to grow but they are also extremely long-lived.

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Peonies: June beauty queens

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Peonies are one of the most beautiful and venerated garden plants. With their massive blooms in shades of red, pink and white and yellow they are the queens of the June garden. And best of all, given fertile soil, good air circulation and adequate sunlight, peonies are not only easy to grow but they are also extremely long-lived.

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Farm garden: Sights and smells of springtime

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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It was already the third week of April when “Old Man Winter” decided to pay us one more snowy visit. But I was in a springtime paradise, inside a vast tunnel greenhouse surrounded by hundreds of vigorous five-foot high tomato plants.

I was at Woods Market Garden (just a couple of miles south of Brandon and not far from where I live in Goshen) and the owner, Jon Satz, was graciously giving me a guided tour.

Home-grown tomatoes in early June

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'No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn'

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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This wonderful saying by the American nature journalist, Hal Borland, perfectly captures my attitude at this time of year. 

And, while this has surely been an ornery winter, spring is officially here (technically it arrived on March 20 even if the temps might still need to climb a bit).

The bitter cold of January with almost no snow — deep snow actually helps by insulating the ground — I worry that the cold snap could have damaged the roots of particularly vulnerable perennials. We’ll find out soon.

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A garden for all seasons

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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This is the dream of gardeners everywhere: A garden that will be beautiful in every season — and indeed in every month — of the year. While this may seem to be a somewhat unreachable aspiration, I can assure you it is not at all out of the question.

We winter-weary Vermonters are already anticipating the flowers that will grace our gardens throughout the coming season. And many of us are also eagerly making plans for the new plants we hope to add in 2018.

Ever-changing seasons

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Native plants: Two books outline what to grow and how to grow it

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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DID YOU KNOW? Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury is acquiring all three books mentioned in this article on why and how to use native plants in our gardens.

 

We often hear of the importance of using native plants in our gardens.

First and foremost, native plants are extremely beneficial for the wider environment. In addition, since they are adapted to our climate, they should be easy to grow. And finally they help us create gardens with that elusive feeling of “belonging” in the wider landscape.

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