06/28/15 11:00am
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO This is a basket of Angelonia, a new favorite of mine. It’s an annual and needs full sun. When they start getting peaked, I’ll plant them in the garden and fill the basket with another plant that will last into the fall.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
This is a basket of Angelonia, a new favorite of mine. It’s an annual and needs full sun. When they start getting peaked, I’ll plant them in the garden and fill the basket with another plant that will last into the fall.

How do you keep them looking the way you want them to look? I didn’t have enough space last column to finish the subject, so there are two issues still worthy of consideration. The first of these is dead-heading and the second is protection from heavy rain.

Large nurseries hire people to do nothing but dead-head; if you spend enough time in one of their greenhouses, you can watch them. Dead-heading is simply the removal of spent blossoms. This is a worthwhile chore because it keeps the plant, whose task is to bloom, active, which is what you want. (more…)

06/23/15 4:30pm
JEN NUZZO PHOTO  Raw milk at Ty Llwyd Farm in Northville costs $6 a half-gallon.

JEN NUZZO PHOTO Raw milk at Ty Llwyd Farm in Northville costs $6 a half-gallon.

Last week, when my coworker posted a picture to Facebook of a bottle of raw milk she had just purchased from Ty Llwyd Farm in Northville, I was intrigued — and a little unnerved. (more…)

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06/17/15 12:00pm
HALSEY QUINN PHOTO The Calla Quartet at the Perlman Music Program. From left, violinists Amelia Dietrich and Michaela Wellems, cellist Karissa Zadinsky and violist Aiden Kane.

HALSEY QUINN PHOTO
The Calla Quartet at the Perlman Music Program. From left, violinists Amelia Dietrich and Michaela Wellems, cellist Karissa Zadinsky and violist Aiden Kane.

Aiden Kane’s musical path begins with an opening line not unusual to the backstory of any successful musician: She began playing the violin at the age of three.

Sixteen years later, she’s a junior at the renowned performing arts college, the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where she focuses on the viola and chamber music. Her journey to musical success, however, was not as conventional as her start. (more…)

06/12/15 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO Isn’t this gorgeous? It’s a basket full of nemesia, that’s the blue, and calibrachoa, the common name is ‘Million Bells.’ Worth taking care of!

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
Isn’t this gorgeous? It’s a basket full of nemesia, that’s the blue, and calibrachoa, the common name is ‘Million Bells.’ Worth taking care of!

This is the time when many of us are buying plants — for planting in window boxes or for pleasure on tables or stairs, on porches and decks.

I have made enough mistakes in the past decades to feel quite qualified in telling you some do’s and don’ts; some are generic, some quite specific. (more…)

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06/11/15 4:30pm
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the earth. Without them, the planet could not exist nor could humanity survive, yet they remain a relatively under-explored part of our world.

Come to the library on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. when Island resident Melanie Stiassny takes us on an epic, oceanic journey while talking about her new book, and helps us learn a little more about this watery wonder. (more…)