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08/17/17 8:00am
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Inez Milholland preparing to lead the March 3, 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, D.C.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Inez Milholland preparing to lead the March 3, 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, D.C.

There’s a Shelter Island connection between the fight for women’s suffrage in New York State, passed 100 years ago on August 18, 1917, and in the United States as a whole in 1920. (more…)

07/17/17 12:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These are tuberous begonias, happy in my shaded window boxes. They’re wonderful plants, come in many colors and have only one drawback – they’re subject to blight, and the more humid the weather, the greater the risk. This can be forestalled by spraying with an anti-fungicide, but you have to remember to do it.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | These are tuberous begonias, happy in my shaded window boxes. They’re wonderful plants, come in many colors and have only one drawback – they’re subject to blight, and the more humid the weather, the greater the risk. This can be forestalled by spraying with an anti-fungicide, but you have to remember to do it.

Today’s subject, my fellow gardeners, is compromise; having just sent in my bulb order for this fall and having great difficulty paying the exorbitant amount required for the 100 bulbs I wanted passionately, I was forced to compromise, and I did. Although it was painful. But to begin at the beginning … (more…)

06/18/17 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Here’s the bed at the North Ferry! I was going to suggest to them that they plant a couple of bright pink climbing roses behind the catmint, but then thought better of it. We don’t really want compelling distractions, car crashes and fender benders on the ferry line.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Here’s the bed at the North Ferry! I was going to suggest to them that they plant a couple of bright pink climbing roses behind the catmint, but then thought better of it. We don’t really want compelling distractions, car crashes and fender benders on the ferry line.

So, Gardeners all, I saw a terrific ad on television this week that I must bring to your attention. It begins with a little boy approaching a refrigerator. The door of the fridge then opens and the viewer sees the entire inside, stocked with nothing but bottles of water. (more…)

05/19/17 8:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | One of my Hyacinthoides beds. I have several of them scattered throughout the garden. They’ve never disappointed! Highly recommended.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | One of my Hyacinthoides beds. I have several of them scattered throughout the garden. They’ve never disappointed! Highly recommended.

Last column, hoping to be helpful to newbies, we reviewed most of the basic principles relevant to bulbs. And we decried the unpleasant spring weather, but assumed it would improve soon. It didn’t. But now, a full month later, it finally has.  (more…)