Category Archives: Plant Portraits and Stories

Your Ecotome

ECOTOME This self describing noun is not much in current use, yet it would seem to me by its etymological origins that it could usefully be incorporated when referring to ones own local ecological context. The ‘local ecotome’ would refer to the surrounding area of which you are a part, the one whose ecological realities […]

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November Nor’easter

………………………………………………………………. * The small grove of Maples I pass each late night Today were moon – lit Cross black blue and star white. …………… Nor’easter behind them, Their yellow leaf  hands Waved wildly at me, Those last leaves of the stand. ……………… Soon to be fallen, tonight was so dear, “Till next year” we said […]

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Pumpkins and Other Long Island Characters

 Harvest Holiday On 10/10/10 I drove slowly through the Orient Point Park and wildlife reserve, which lies like a ribbon stretched out alongside the Atlantic Ocean at the easternmost tip of Long Island, New York. I was on the lookout for my old friends, the box turtles, who live quietly there (with turtle crossing signs […]

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Long Blooming Vines: Loniceras

Long Blooming VinesSome Favorite Honeysuckles If you find a place in each view for one or more kinds of the longest blooming plants, and build your landscape pictures to complement their colors and character, your beds can nearly always be freshly beautiful. These enthusiastic, long flowering Loniceras are tough and reliable, contributing substantially through the […]

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Plant Names and Why They Matter

“Most of us are bored with gossip and photographs of people we do not know. The beginner feels the same way about plants”[1] … The plant scene becomes more interesting when you understand the cast of characters a bit. To develop relationships with the plant players, you will want to get to know them as […]

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Plants as Beings

Plants are such dynamic living beings that ‘It’ just never seems to me to be the right pronoun to use in conversational and prose references. As one Horticulturally minded friend has said,  “referring to a plant as ‘It’ is absolutely Rude” For fun, try referring to particular plants, shrubs and trees too, as ‘he or […]

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Growing Your Own Moss: Some Tricks to Know

GROWING  MOSS If you have Moss and you want to encourage it, or you are bringing some into your land… Choose or create an ecology like the one in which your moss was originally thriving. Look for clues as to the favored habitat of your particular candidates. Think about the soil and exposure around each […]

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Mosses You are Likely to Meet

 Mosses You are Likely to Meet Accurately labeled, this display identifies many of the prevalent resident mosses of New England so that they can introduce themselves to you. Once you know the name of the kind you are curious about, you can find out more about it with the help of Google. I wanted you […]

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Earth Swapping = Easy Underground Composting

  Underground Composting … You will need loam and compost each season in your yard. Often it will just be a little, but you can’t get along without it. Earth washes away, sinks and compacts so somehow, if you are working the garden, you will always need a little more. One might prefer not to […]

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Encouragement

The Tuft of Flowers ………………………..Robert Frost I went to turn the grass once after one Who mowed it in the dew before the sun. The dew was gone that made his blade so keen Before I came to view the leveled scene. I looked for him behind an isle of trees; I listened for his […]

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Propagating your Clematis

Certain methods of propagation are so simple that it would be a shame not to use them. If you take a stem or branch of some cherished woody plant, bend it down and bury it a few inches (or more) in the ground adjacent to the parent, you will have a good chance of getting […]

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Pruning Your Clematis

Prune After Flowering. This is the the general rule for all Clematis, as it is for most plant materials. But When After? This question has a long answer, but the situation does not need to be as puzzling as you might think. For most people the confusing thing is which Clematis to cut down substantially […]

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Clematis Clues

Clematis Vines Training and Pruning

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Some Things They Never Tell You

 …..About Planting Trees and Shrubs Decide and then tag the best faces of  your chosen individuals in the nursery. Look for the best faces of your chosen trees and shrubs when they are standing relaxed in the nursery. Tie a ribbon or somesuch to a branch at the front and center of the plant’s face […]

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Happy Mothers Day

This Tree Peony is in bloom over a dwarf Pine for Mothers Day……unusually early this year. and this Crown of Asparagus was picked on Mothers Day morning.

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 2 / Approaching Your Land

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 3 Approaching Your Land A Year of Observation Many of the plant materials and sylvan creatures of our northern landscapes appear and disappear through the course of the seasons, so it will require a year of observation just to fully see who lives on your land. You will want to know […]

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My Lucky Clover

OXALIS TRIANGULARIS …………………………………………………..Racket Shreve ………………………………….. I know that I have been very lucky to have had this lovely Oxalis in my life for so many years. Though sometimes these clovers are called ‘false Shamrocks’, Luck is where you find it. This is an ever  pleasing and easy to please plant that I would not want […]

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