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…)

03/09/17 8:00am
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Bees visiting an amethyst crystal in Sarah Shepherd’s garden.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Bees visiting an amethyst crystal in Sarah Shepherd’s garden.

The countdown is here. Spring is around the corner. You can feel it with the readiness of the tree buds, and the burst of new beginning spring beauty. It has been a long winter for the honeybees I keep in my yard. One of my top bar hives allows me to remove an outer piece of wood and peek into a side window that offers a glimpse into the inner world of the residents.   (more…)

09/20/15 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO The lovely white flowering vine appearing all over the Island now is clematis paniculata, otherwise known as sweet autumn vine clematis. Here’s mine, growing in half-shade because I feed it religiously.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO The lovely white flowering vine appearing all over the Island now is clematis paniculata, otherwise known as sweet autumn vine clematis. Here’s mine, growing in half-shade because I feed it religiously.

The marigold is a common annual, one that you probably know and use frequently. It’s easy to grow and has many of the same properties as other mosquito-repelling plants.

Consequently, its use extends far beyond that of a simple and attractive annual bedding plant. You can pot up marigolds and place them strategically, near mosquito entry points, on the deck or balcony where you spend a lot of time outdoors. (more…)