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November 20, 2017
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Roses in Winter

I grew up in western New York State, where winters were long, snowy and frigid.  But even under those conditions, gardeners loved their roses and did their best to safeguard them against winter’s worst.  My father, who was a romantic … Continue reading

October 23, 2017
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October’s End

When I am alone in my garden in late October I often think about music, especially Ralph Vaughn Williams’ elegiac settings of English folk tunes.  My favorite is the haunting “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” because the musical images just seem right … Continue reading

October 3, 2016
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Butterfly Farewell

The night temperatures are growing cold enough so that last week I turned the heat on in my house for the first time since spring.  The plants have caught a whiff of the oncoming season, but most of them are … Continue reading