This Month’s Garden

January’s Garden

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"Then came old January wrappéd well In many weeds to keep the cold away. Yet did he quake and quiver like to quell And Blewe his nayles to warm them if he may; - Edmund Spenser - From "Faerie Queen"   _______________ For these days of January...and perhaps for a further few in February, let's [...]

February’s Garden

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"Why, what's the matter, That you have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?"   -William Shakespeare -(Don Pedro to Benedick) -Much Ado About Nothing   _______________  What can be said about February?  Some consider this month deep winter, others feel they've got the worst behind them and it's just [...]

March’s Garden

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Even though we know better in the Mid-Atlantic, expectations of spring are high in March. The weather of today will not necessarily be the weather of tomorrow; but whether we’re dealing with a blissful weekend warm-up, or our largest snowfall of the season, we know one thing for certain – days are getting longer and [...]

April’s Garden

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The signs of spring right now are real, but can feel like an illusion when the wind is gusting.  But, assuming that the earth has not fundamentally changed its course, we should standing now at the beginning of something wonderful. April is traditionally the month when non-gardeners start thinking about the garden.  Tomatoes go in [...]

May’s Garden

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"The world is young to-day: Forget the gods are old, Forget the years of gold When all the months were May."   -Digby Mackworth Dolben -from "A Song"  _______________ Throughout the centuries, May has symbolized rebirth and a definitive end to winter. For many gardeners, this is the month that their garden is at its [...]

June’s Garden

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  "What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade." - Gertrude Jekyll   _______________ Gertrude did live in England (an England presumably without gnats [...]

July’s Garden

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"I remember, I remember How my childhood fleeted by, – The mirth of its December And the warmth of its July."   - Winthrop Mackworth Praed - from "I Remember, I Remember" _______________ A shift is happening in the garden with the onset of July. The exuberance of spring is over, and gardeners are left [...]

August’s Garden

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  ...the wind Wanders by, heavy with odors Of corn and wheat and melon vines; The trees tremble with delirious joy as the breeze Greets them, one by one-now the oak Now the great sycamore, now the elm.   - Hamlin Garland - from "In August"   _______________ August is deep summer.  Fire-flies are at [...]

September’s Garden

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"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer's best of weather, And autumn's best of cheer."   - Helen Hunt Jackson - from "September"    _______________ The best of both worlds is present in the garden during the month of September. There is the last of the summer harvest to be gathered, [...]

October’s Garden

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"Oh, Marilla," Anne exclaimed one Saturday morning...dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs. "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it?"   -from "Anne of Green Gables" -Lucy Maud Montgomery   _______________ Gardeners or not, [...]