Garden

   Planting containers can be a daunting task, but it needn’t be. The more you play with the plants, their colors and textures, the easier and more fun it becomes.
    Last week I had one of those epic,...

   There is a quite young magnolia which I planted last year near the south side of the winter house, which is, for the first time, in bloom and going on and on now for well over a month with buds as dark as hushing fingers to the...

   Outside of violent storms (hurricanes being the principal vectors), when Caribbean odors and tropical birds off course are part of our purview, true wildness is quite rare in our gardens. Annually, we have the laments of migrating...

    Look at photographs and paintings of early 20th-century gardens on the East End and what do you see: roses, first and foremost. Climbing roses, frothy with blooms overflowing pergolas, arbors, walls, and fences. At the very...

   A magnificent spring it is, it is. On the immediate dry side, yes, but an annual superfluity of rain just might redress present lack.

   Remarkable is the only way to describe this winter. Since Christmas there have been small bouquets for the table and friends: sprigs of camellias, witchhazel, winter jasmine, honeysuckle, even a rosebud or two. So many plants have...