03/23/17 8:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A planter in the corner of my balcony and the poor little crocuses trying their best. Most likely doomed!

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A planter in the corner of my balcony and the poor little crocuses trying their best. Most likely doomed!

If this is supposed to be spring, my inclination is to rewrap it and return it to sender, marked “Damaged in transit.” No resemblance to what I ordered.

However, history tells us that the famous Blizzard of ’88 (that’s 1888, not 1988) was in the second week of March, so we’re right on the mark, time wise, to be miserable. Fifty-five inches of snow fell then and 400 people died between Washington D.C. and Maine, if you can believe Google, so I guess we shouldn’t complain too much. Although to be honest, I like to complain and firmly believe it’s good for you, as in forget that “stiff upper lip” stuff. (more…)

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…)