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The last narcissus

Here it is, nearly Memorial Day, and I still have some narcissus blooming. These have been flowering  for about three weeks. The cultivar is Baby Moon, and as it name implies, it is a miniature, hardy in zones 5 to … Continue reading

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A welcome, rainy spring

The rivers in Rhode Island are full; gushing, flowing, cascading and rushing. Bringing relief after two dry springs. This is a change that also bodes well for a natural fungus and a virus that need moisture to become active and destroy those … Continue reading

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The gypsy moth dilemma

The oaks at one of my favorite hiking spots look almost like they do in the dead of winter. This is the result of a catastrophic gypsy moth defoliation last year. If you look in the upper edges of the photo, you’ll … Continue reading

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Species tulips

I discovered species tulips decades ago but I hadn’t planted any recently until last fall. This one is T. Clusiana Cynthia. It opened yesterday and I am very pleased. Species tulips are the tough old tulips that grow wild in … Continue reading

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Bulbs are up

Last fall, I planted more than 600 bulbs at our new house.  This narcissus is one I’ve grown before and an all-time favorite. “Minnow” is only about eight inches tall, but it spreads readily. It’s a Tazetta type, with several flowers … Continue reading

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Skyline

We were back in New York City recently, and as usual, I went crazy taking photos. Here is a short series I took of Manhattan, from Brooklyn. The first one was taken in the late afternoon. Dusk is a great … Continue reading

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Inland wonders

Visitors to Rhode Island and residents alike flock to the shore to enjoy the beautiful beaches. I head inland to enjoy places like this. I can’t say where this photo was taken because this is private property and hiking here … Continue reading

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Those are orchids????

This plant, which looks for all the world like a succulent, is an orchid. Angraecum distichum is from Africa, and has tiny, white flowers. Orchids are among the most diverse plants on earth, and I enjoy growing the more unusual … Continue reading

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Spring…or not?

We begin on a positive note, with my first rock garden iris, “Katharine Hodgkin” blooming by our mailbox.  Also called “Orchid Iris, or “Dwarf Iris,” (it’s only a few inches tall) this is a cross of blue Iris histroides and yellow … Continue reading

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These buds are for you

Despite the freakishly cold weather we had last weekend, and the ridiculous vacillations in temperature, the buds on my trees and shrubs seem to be taking it in stride. The Mountain Laurel, a prized, wild understory shrub here in Rhode Island, … Continue reading

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