03/30/19 3:00pm

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Daffodils make April worth waiting for.

And so, my fellow Islanders, we find ourselves together once again, in another spring and another year. And although it’s still quite cold, there’s warmth in the sun and the daffodils are indeed up at least six or seven inches as I write, some of the early ones even more. And I did see a robin.

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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…)

07/22/14 2:31pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |This is phlox, ‘Bright Eyes,’ a light pink with a darker eye. It blooms in midsummer and will tolerate some shade.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO |This is phlox, ‘Bright Eyes,’ a light pink with a darker eye. It blooms in midsummer and will tolerate some shade.

When I had a garden that was in full sun, I always gave a party on the third weekend in July, because that was when everything was in full bloom. I was a weekender in those days and so I could enjoy roses and peonies, but only to bring back to the city. When school was over, that was a different matter. Most of my space was indeed given to those flowers that bloom in July. (more…)