Block by Block

Whew! What a difference a couple of weeks can make.  While I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and down about the state of the garden these past weeks; finally progress has been made.  No longer do I have to keep my eyes on the seedlings to keep motivated, I can walk down the paths (which […]

Spring forward

Even though the forsythia hasn’t bloomed yet, we declared it time to prune the roses. We can tell that the roses are ready because their buds have swelled and the Ballerinas in the North Garden have even begun to break — to leaf out. The only danger with early pruning is that the new growth […]

An Evening at the Opera

An Evening at the Opera, 1912 Bessie and William McKee spent their winters in Boston at their large, elegant townhouse on Commonwealth Avenue.  Among their favorite entertainments was the Opera.  They were members of the Boston Opera Company which performed at the Opera House, and they attended every week during the season – often twice a […]

Pop Quiz Answers

A little later than I had hoped but here are the answers!  I definitely had a couple challenging ones up here, but kudos to all who tried!  Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood     Cryptomeria japonica Japanese Cedar Sequoiadendron giganteum Giant Sequoia Liquidambar styraciflua Sweetgum   Pesudotsuga menziesii Douglas Fir Tsuga canadensis Canadian Hemlock   Chamaecyparis pisifera plumosa […]

Spring cleaning

According to the calendar — and the redwing blackbirds — the pendulum between winter and summer has finally swung into spring. Huzzah! (Never mind next week’s forecast.) To celebrate, we did some extremely gratifying spring cleaning, starting with tidying under the benches of the propagation house (kind of like going through the closets at home […]