09/29/17 12:00pm
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

There is as an old photograph of my mother’s garden that I keep tucked away in one of my favorite old herbals. I enjoy stumbling upon it from time to time. It is a window into one of my favorite childhood memories. Sisters running with hair in braids, matching clothes, chasing each other between rows of cucumbers, towers of tomatoes and beds of string beans.   (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…)

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…)

06/18/17 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Here’s the bed at the North Ferry! I was going to suggest to them that they plant a couple of bright pink climbing roses behind the catmint, but then thought better of it. We don’t really want compelling distractions, car crashes and fender benders on the ferry line.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | Here’s the bed at the North Ferry! I was going to suggest to them that they plant a couple of bright pink climbing roses behind the catmint, but then thought better of it. We don’t really want compelling distractions, car crashes and fender benders on the ferry line.

So, Gardeners all, I saw a terrific ad on television this week that I must bring to your attention. It begins with a little boy approaching a refrigerator. The door of the fridge then opens and the viewer sees the entire inside, stocked with nothing but bottles of water. (more…)