Category Archives: Gardener

The End of Summer

I can’t believe summer is over. I know, everyone is saying that right now. This summer I worked three jobs: sailing instructor for a women’s sailing program, parks & rec summer camp director, and server for Dinners at the Farm. These … Continue reading

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Amaryllis for the Holidays

Each year, I plant amaryllis bulbs for the holidays. I plant them for my house and for gifts. The recipients of these gifts vary, but their reaction to these gifts do not. All—family, friends, teachers, co-workers—who receive one of these … Continue reading

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Magic Beans

I have magic beans growing in my garden. They are long, thin, dark purple, and magic. In early July, I found a package of these remarkable beans in my barn. “Is it too late to plant them?” I wondered. I … Continue reading

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The Last Jar of Grape Jam

This week I finished the last jar of grape jam. Let me explain why that is significant. Before moving to Connecticut, I lived in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. When I bought my house there, it came with a broken down, overgrown … Continue reading

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State Fair Zinnias

As a budding gardener, I was introduced to John and Adele, husband and wife, who lived in an old house on the shore of Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island. The houses in their neighborhood were built as simple beach houses … Continue reading

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May Poem

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Stephen’s Daffoldills

Every spring, I pass by yards full of daffodils and wish my yard was full of daffodils too. I especially like the way these bright spring flowers look scattered throughout a lawn or field. Last fall I decided to buy … Continue reading

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Intentions for a New Year

New Year’s Day, a new beginning, a fresh start, a time of evaluation and resolutions. Last year I wrote about “gifts for the planet:” New Year’s pledges of conservation, awareness, protection and stewardship. This year I am thinking about intentions—how … Continue reading

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Planting Fall Bulbs

A mild November, bulbs on sale, and helpful children were the hat trick I needed to finally plant spring flower bulbs at Barking Frog Farm. Every year as the days get shorter and colder, I think about the cheerful appearance … Continue reading

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Get Growing – Facts about Sunflowers

Children love giants and they love to know facts—especially nature facts they think no one else knows. Sunflowers deliver on both counts. Some varieties of sunflowers grow to 12 feet high. They are fast growing plants that almost grow before … Continue reading

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