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
I’ve never been one to make resolutions. In fact, I’m not a planner at all. My natural inclination is to “plant ideas” and wait for them to flower at some later time (which they seem to do almost unconsciously, often surprising me). It was probably … Read More
What began as a pretty wonderful summer here in the Northeast has become a Super Soaker. While news of raging wildfires in the dry, dry western states and Europe comes steadily each day, we have spent the last month feeling very much like we’re … Read More
What do a flower pot, a saucepan lid, a dandelion, and a plain old metal coat hanger have in common? They all can make music, and together they can make up an orchestra. And in the same way that many ordinary objects have the potential … Read More
While our friends in some parts of the country are suffering extreme heat and others are just on the other side of June’s record rainfall, summer is settling in nicely here in New England. Apart from last week’s uncomfortable temperatures, it’s been a pretty blissful … Read More
The word “heirloom” is usually used to describe an object that’s passed down through the generations. But skills and knowledge — knowing how to do or make something like blending herbal teas or cooking with cider — could work in much the same … Read More
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