10/16/16 9:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | This is my Pyracantha. Considering the lack of ‘full sun,’ I think that’s a good crop of berries.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | This is my Pyracantha. Considering the lack of ‘full sun,’ I think that’s a good crop of berries.

Finally, finally, finally …

Fall! Yes! Fantastic. Fall is finally here and many of us are really glad. My daughter thinks that your favorite month or season has to do with when you were born; she loves, as in really loves, June, and indeed that’s her birthday month. I love the fall, and yes, you’ve guessed it, I was born in November. Maybe a coincidence? But who knows. (more…)

09/18/16 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These window boxes will be closed soon. The ivy plants were actually planted in their pots, since they’re the same plants I keep inside in winter. The tuberous begonias may come in but they rarely make the transition well. Or maybe I’ve never figured them out. I then cover the boxes with pine boughs which look better than dirt.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These window boxes will be closed soon. The ivy plants were actually planted in their pots, since they’re the same plants I keep inside in winter. The tuberous begonias may come in but they rarely make the transition well. Or maybe I’ve never figured them out. I then cover the boxes with pine boughs which look better than dirt.

Some time ago, in the gym, a fellow gardener (and actually a much better gardener than I am), said to me, “I always read your column, Carol and it’s very useful.”

Then she added, “I always know all about the content,” as she surely would, of course.

“But what’s really helpful? It keeps me on my toes.”  (more…)

08/23/16 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Friday is National Women's Day.

COURTESY PHOTO Friday, August 26, is Women’s Equality Day.

Because this Friday, August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, it might be the ideal time to look back on a piece of American history that, surprisingly enough, is not mentioned in any of the excellent films about the Women’s Suffrage movement (“Iron Jawed Angels,” Suffragists,” for example) but deserves closer scrutiny. Why? Because it just might tell us something, not about political truth, but about personal truth and how men come to see women. (more…)

06/26/16 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | The end of my log. How long will this project take? No idea. If I need the dining room table, my log can move to the garage. That’s why I have a Shelter Island Buck in the house!

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | The end of my log. How long will this project take? No idea. If I need the dining room table, my log can move to the garage. That’s why I have a Shelter Island Buck in the house!

When last we met, if you recall, I was contemplating a fallen log, and wondering if I’d gone round the bend, but really, really wanting it for my sofa table shelf, planted of course with succulents. (more…)