Storey staffers and friends share scenes from summer gardens.
What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, we were feeling the effects of drought on plant, animal, and humans alike. This year, we’ve had rain so often and in such big amounts that we’re floating — sometimes literally:
But with the earth thoroughly quenched, our gardens are beginning to rejoice amidst the mud. Lilies are lords of the land in July, from here to Norway (as you’ll see), berries are bursting, and towering flowers like hollyhocks and foxgloves are reaching great heights. This early summer onslaught has me hungry for the sunflowers, dahlias, and zinnias I started from seed and tuber that are now full of late summer promise. But I’m not rushing things, no, no, not I. Patience, grasshopper. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
We’ve been lucky in New England this month (so far, anyway). We’ve managed to escape a particularly destructive hurricane season that’s hit the South hard, and we’re not buried under a thick cloud of smoke from nearby wildfires like many parts of the West.
I didn’t grow up in a house where we canned our own food. For my parents (both city kids from Philadelphia, raised in the ’40s and ’50s) fresh vegetables and the fruits were few and far between. Summers brought some New Jersey tomatoes and corn, … Read More
I don’t know when, precisely, this happened, but we’ve turned a corner toward fall in our little corner of the world. Day length is lessening, mornings feel autumnal, and there are a few grand maples I pass every day that are very clearly turning
You might not yet be aware of this phenomenon, but there are an awful lot days in a year. The number of days has stayed the same, but now, there are the other days to think about. There are serious days and
June is, indeed, bustin’ out all over. It only took a few days of swampy air and soaring temps for those blooms to pop! This month, irises and chives, poppies and peonies dominate, but a few of us are lamenting the lateness of things that … Read More
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