04/19/15 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Helping hand cleaning Brinley Sylvester’s ‘table,’ the most elaborate gravestone.

COURTESY PHOTO
Helping hand cleaning Brinley Sylvester’s ‘table,’ the most elaborate gravestone.

Part 2 of an occasional series, courtesy of the Shelter Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, updating Islanders on who’s who in the Presbyterian Church cemetery and why it’s such an important place. You will also find out, if you read through to the last paragraph, how to win a prize. And who won the last one.

Heads up, Islanders. Let’s see how well you know your history. (more…)

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04/08/15 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO These are not daffodils but hyacinthoides, a wonderful spring bulb, cousin to the hyacinth but looser and more graceful, with the same range of colors. They’re also quite indestructible.

COURTESY PHOTO
These are not daffodils but hyacinthoides, a wonderful spring bulb, cousin to the hyacinth but looser and more graceful, with the same range of colors. They’re also quite indestructible.

Let’s begin with the first five most important things you need to garden. The second and third most important things are two shovels, one with a straight edge and one with a pointed edge and you really do need both of them. (more…)

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04/03/15 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO Here’s what some of us are seeing. The daffodils belonging to Ram Island friends, in an open meadow and full sun.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
Here’s what some of us are seeing. The daffodils belonging to Ram Island friends, in an open meadow and full sun.

And so, dear friends, we come together again, after a truly dreadful, record-breakingly dreadful, winter.

As religions around the world meet to celebrate their rites connected to the spring equinox, so we gardeners celebrate ours. We have fewer commandments, it is true. Only five: Feed. Water. Weed. Spray. (more…)

02/22/15 8:00am
KAREN KAIER PHOTO ‘Tables’ located behind the Presbyterian Church. The one on the right marks the graves of Mary and Brinley Sylvester, on the left are Thomas and Mary Dering. Note the bases of the tables — the grass has been removed. A significant percentage of damage in cemeteries is due to lawnmowers and weed whackers.

KAREN KAIER PHOTO
‘Tables’ located behind the Presbyterian Church. The one on the right marks the graves of Mary and Brinley Sylvester, on the left are Thomas and Mary Dering. Note the bases of the tables — the grass has been removed. A significant percentage of damage in cemeteries is due to lawnmowers and weed whackers.

This is the first column of an occasional series, courtesy of the Shelter Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, updating Islanders on who’s who in the Presbyterian Church cemetery and why it’s such an essential place. Careful readers will also find out how to win a prize. (more…)