CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | This is my fall display, which I dearly love. The greens are my own, the gourds are from the IGA and the berries from my pyracantha, which did indeed recover. Isn’t fall glorious?
This is my last my last garden column.
It’s been great fun being with you all these years. After all, even if I don’t write a garden column, I still shop in the IGA and go to the gym and that’s where many of you stop me to ask questions. I hope you’ll go right on doing that.
Now, to reminisce just a little … (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Down the garden path: Rosemary Sanwald, Peter and Kate Topliff and Toby were the first ones down the path cleared by the Vinebusters crew in Sachem’s Woods last week.
I’m assuming your bulb order has been sent, as mine has been and that you’re getting ready for the fall roundup. The next column will be my last — not only for the year but for good.
There’s a lot to do, but with the cool, brisk sunlit weather of fall, it actually feels good to be outside and working. (more…)
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO There are different varieties of solidago, otherwise known as goldenrod. I have several plants of a lovely arching type with tiny flowers but love the wild ones that are blooming everywhere now. Here they are, cut for the house.
Fall began last week. The evenings are wonderfully cool and the mornings are at least a little dry. Here and there leaves are beginning to turn and I have laid a fire in the fireplace, although I haven’t lit it yet.
But a glass of wine on the deck (with cat) ends earlier than it did. Sad? Not really. Every season lasts a little too long for me, which may be another way of saying I simply need to be less impatient. (more…)
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO The lovely white flowering vine appearing all over the Island now is clematis paniculata, otherwise known as sweet autumn vine clematis. Here’s mine, growing in half-shade because I feed it religiously.
The marigold is a common annual, one that you probably know and use frequently. It’s easy to grow and has many of the same properties as other mosquito-repelling plants.
Consequently, its use extends far beyond that of a simple and attractive annual bedding plant. You can pot up marigolds and place them strategically, near mosquito entry points, on the deck or balcony where you spend a lot of time outdoors. (more…)
Citronella plants may help repel mosquitoes in your garden.
I never knew about the whole concept of mosquito-repellent plants until a few weeks ago when a friend who lives upstate told me about hers.
She has a large number in pots, placed strategically around her back porch and pool. She said they not only repelled mosquitoes but also kept squirrels away, who had previously dug around in her other pots but decamped once she installed citronella geraniums. (more…)