07/22/14 2:31pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |This is phlox, ‘Bright Eyes,’ a light pink with a darker eye. It blooms in midsummer and will tolerate some shade.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |This is phlox, ‘Bright Eyes,’ a light pink with a darker eye. It blooms in midsummer and will tolerate some shade.

When I had a garden that was in full sun, I always gave a party on the third weekend in July, because that was when everything was in full bloom. I was a weekender in those days and so I could enjoy roses and peonies, but only to bring back to the city. When school was over, that was a different matter. Most of my space was indeed given to those flowers that bloom in July. (more…)

07/15/14 8:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO Before Route 114 was widened, daylilies lined both sides of the road. It’s safer now, of course, but they were very pretty. If Shelter Island had its own flower, it would certainly be the daylily.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
Before Route 114 was widened, daylilies lined both sides of the road. It’s safer now, of course, but they were very pretty. If Shelter Island had its own flower, it would certainly be the daylily.

Many of the things we take for granted as part of the American scene had to make their way to the New World from places very far away. Among these are two of my favorites — cats and roses.
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06/26/14 4:32pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Nothing is lovelier than a bush of pink peonies in full bloom.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Nothing is lovelier than a bush of pink peonies in full bloom.

Where beauty is concerned, peonies are the only flower that can rival the rose for the title “Queen of the Garden.” They leave roses in the dust, however, when it comes to hardiness, ease of care and longevity. A single peony plant can live for more than a century. (more…)

06/17/14 3:30pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Here are some climbers, happy on a pool fence. When tying them up, use fishing twine, very loosely looped. It’s invisible, unlike the green plastic twist ties.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Here are some climbers, happy on a pool fence. When tying them up, use fishing twine, very loosely looped. It’s invisible, unlike the green plastic twist ties.

Last week I went on at length about the difficulties involved in growing any rose other than rosa rugosa, otherwise known as beach rose, plum rose and wild rose. Now we can go forward and spend time with the roses that are hard to grow or as one of my favorite gardening books says, need “a little pampering.” But first some history. (more…)