07/04/15 8:00am
AMBROSE CLANCY  PHOTO |Morning breaking over Silver Beach.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO |Morning breaking over Silver Beach.

I was recently speaking with my 11-year-old granddaughter, Myla, who lives on the Island, about what would be a good subject for my next column. She said, “Pop Pop, why don’t you write about the start of summer and all the kids coming out here to visit with their grandparents?” (more…)

06/28/15 5:00pm
RICHARD LOMUSCIO

RICHARD LOMUSCIO

I have always been a fan of scary movies, particularly those where monsters run amuck. Monsters that are the result of man’s messing with nature. Going back to Victor Frankenstein’s creation, we always see man’s ego getting in the way while playing God. But I just love these films. (more…)

06/28/15 3:00pm
COURTESY ART | Final words on the Shelter Island 10K Run.

COURTESY ART | Final words on the Shelter Island 10K Run.

For a few hours last Saturday afternoon, our Island embraced the Shelter Island race.

Everything else dropped off the radar. The rest of the world was delightfully abstract as we concentrated on getting ready for a race whose scale is reflected in back-to-back buses dropping runners at the school steps. (more…)

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…)