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Hops from the compost heap [updated]

October 2015: Here's a photo of the first year's growth. Unfortunately I was at the Frankfurt Book Fair when an unusually hard frost (a sudden  drop to 18 degrees F) came, and I hadn't yet cut the garlands of blossom. They'll climb again next year, with an earlier start and stronger roots, so my kitchen

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Golden harbinger of spring

The winter aconite is always the first sign of spring in my garden in Great Barrington, even before the snowdrops, and definitely before the robins. The snowbanks are gradually melting, but the lawn and garden remain covered in snow. I planted tiny aconite bulbs in the wooded bank that gets afternoon sun, and they provide a sweep

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Think Spring

The sign outside a shop said, "Think Spring," and I've been trying, by writing out a seed order and starting a garden to-do list. But my vanity took a hit when this week’s garden newsletters arrived. I subscribe to only two. Doug’s Garden is written by an older fellow based in Canada whom I first

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Flowers in the Depths of Winter

Orchids are tougher than I am! The snow is still deep and it is bitterly cold outside. It is cold in the house, too, dropping to 55 Fahrenheit at night, and perhaps even lower near the windows. But two of the orchid plants have new shoots with flower buds. Incredible!!! What are they thinking? This

Recommended: Doug Green’s garden newsletter

I learned about Doug when I bought a book on cold-climate rose growing, and now I look forward to his very personal and amusing newsletters, which come every Saturday morning (most impressive!) except for a brief hiatus now. If you garden anywhere but at the equator, I'm sure you'll find good ideas in Doug's books

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