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…)

09/08/17 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A lovely display of Montauk daisies, enjoying the cooler days of autumn.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A lovely display of Montauk daisies, enjoying the cooler days of autumn.

How wonderful and what a treat this cooler weather! And it feels like it’s long overdue, although technically speaking it’s probably right on time. No matter! In any event, it’s so very welcome. And, of course, all the plants are perking up, just as grateful as we are, especially the annuals, more susceptible than the perennials to endless hot/damp days. (more…)

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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…)