Storey staffers and friends share June garden scenes.
As we head into the first month of summer, we’re seeing fallout from our strange spring weather. It looks as though we won’t have many peaches this year, and in my own yard, our rhododendron — always a huge lure for bumble bees and hummingbirds — simply failed to flower for the first time on record. That’s made me think about what plants I can add to our garden to supplement the food supply when the usual favorites don’t flower when we expect them to. All of this thinking is timely, since next week is National Pollinator Week. In keeping with that theme, my colleagues snapped several photos that show our pollinators in action, from hummingbirds and butterflies to tiny native bees, along with photos of plants the pollinators in their gardens love. It’s giving me lots of ideas for next year. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
A certain measure of sorrow marks the end of the growing season, but that grief can be lightened by the realization that a new composting season is beginning. In most temperate landscapes, the largest infusion of organic matter of the year comes with the new … Read More
October gardens in our part of the country are a mix of determined plants that flourish in dwindling daylight and cooler temperatures, and fading flowers, shriveled and darkened. The fall season means that some of us are already thinking of spring. We’re busy planting garlic … Read More
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 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
Flawless potatoes that stay in the ground until the plants’ tops wither are the best candidates for long-term storage. Curing or drying the potatoes for 7 to 10 days further improves their storage potential. If you have clay soil, you may want to lightly rinse … Read More
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