05/21/18 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Some of my ‘dafs.’ I like to plant in frequently traveled spots. These are right outside my front door.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Some of my ‘dafs.’ I like to plant in frequently traveled spots. These are right outside my front door.

Finally, finally, finally! After such a hideous April, a wonderful May! I keep wondering if it’s my imagination or not, but it feels like a more beautiful one than usual. One thing that is definitely not my imagination, however, is that there are far more than the usual number of ospreys. Every single nest is full. I can’t remember the last time that was true. (more…)

03/18/18 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in the 1942 film ‘Mrs. Miniver’ with the elusive rose.

COURTESY PHOTO | Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in the 1942 film ‘Mrs. Miniver’ with the elusive same-named rose.

If you’re my age, you remember World War II — the day it began and the day it ended. But we also know that our memories are not entirely reliable. So I’ve researched the story I want to tell you as carefully as I could, but if any of you remember or know some more sources, do get in touch — call me, I’m in the book. And I’ll try to distinguish between what I think I remember and what the literature says. (more…)

11/12/17 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTOS | Here’s the window box, as close up as I could manage.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTOS | Here’s the window box, as close up as I could manage.

And so the season draws to a close with enormous amounts of rain, really surprising downpours. This is exceptionally good for our evergreens, sending them into dormancy with their needles full of water, just as we would have wished. It continues to be unseasonably warm and many perennials look like they’re going to re-bloom any minute, but, of course, they’re not. (more…)

10/07/17 11:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | I think the pumpkin shine’s fairly apparent here. It boosts all the color values as well as keeping the birds away.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | I think the pumpkin shine’s fairly apparent here. It boosts all the color values as well as keeping the birds away.

I wish for once I could be in charge of something that really matters, the calendar for example; it needs redoing. The winter is too long and so is the summer. I’m always sick of either one and they’re still going on. And on and on! (more…)