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Judith's Garden: The art of decorating outdoor spaces

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Judith Irven



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Even though we — and our gardens — are still in the midst of winter hibernation, many of us are planning outdoor changes, both large and small, we will be making this coming season — perhaps making a new flower bed or maybe trying some gorgeous but unfamiliar plants.

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Judith's Garden: Pleasures in the winter garden

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Winter is the season of short days and dark nights when, even at midday, the sun gives little warmth as it rides low in the sky.

By now my fall garden chores are done, my tools hang neatly in the toolshed and I have mostly retreated indoors.

I am lucky enough to have a small cool greenhouse which becomes my indoor winter garden and, from October until May, is home for my potted camellias. Camellias flower from December to April — when our outdoor gardens are covered with snow — making their beautiful blooms all the more special.

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Bulbs: The promise of spring

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Late fall is the perfect time to ready our gardens for the coming years, thus perpetuating the never-ending cycle of the seasons.

As soon as the above-ground portion of most perennials have died back to the ground, their roots will become dormant. Thus late fall is actually the least stressful time to divide and rearrange our garden plants.

Moreover, since the soil is still soft and dig-able, getting out those pesky roots of perennial weeds like dandelions and grasses is a relatively easy task.

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October pleasures in the garden

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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By October, many people assume all the flowers in the garden are finished for the year. This is the season for the trees and forests to bask in their colorful glory — and for the leaf peepers to take to their cars.

But do not write the garden off too hastily. October has plenty of delights in store for gardeners too.

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Butterflies: Magical garden creatures

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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BY JUDITH IRVEN

Photos by DICK CONRAD

It is pure magic to watch a group of delicate butterflies fluttering around the garden. At first glance they seem to move entirely at random. But watch quietly for a few minutes and you will see they have an unmistakable sense of direction as they navigate from flower to flower in search of nectar.

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Design your own garden

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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August is a quiet month in the life of a gardener — a wonderful time to relax and enjoy our creations.  Spring weeding and planting activities are far behind us and fall clean-up chores are still weeks away. 

And, since you can readily see what aspects of the garden you like or don’t like, August is also the perfect time to mull on changes you might want to make sometime in the future and even experiment with your design ideas on paper.

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Stroll public gardens, old and new, in Manchester

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Strolling around a lovely garden is the quintessential way to spend a leisurely afternoon in high summer. And here in Vermont one can find plenty of marvelous gardens open to the public. For instance Manchester alone is home to two great gardens that are situated just four miles apart.

Furthermore these two gardens, which were created exactly 100 years apart, also allow us to experience first-hand how garden fashions have evolved over the past century.

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Peonies: June beauty queens

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Peonies are one of the most beautiful and venerated garden plants. With their massive blooms in shades of red, pink and white and yellow they are the queens of the June garden. And best of all, given fertile soil, good air circulation and adequate sunlight, peonies are not only easy to grow but they are also extremely long-lived.

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Peonies: June beauty queens

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
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Peonies are one of the most beautiful and venerated garden plants. With their massive blooms in shades of red, pink and white and yellow they are the queens of the June garden. And best of all, given fertile soil, good air circulation and adequate sunlight, peonies are not only easy to grow but they are also extremely long-lived.

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Farm garden: Sights and smells of springtime

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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It was already the third week of April when “Old Man Winter” decided to pay us one more snowy visit. But I was in a springtime paradise, inside a vast tunnel greenhouse surrounded by hundreds of vigorous five-foot high tomato plants.

I was at Woods Market Garden (just a couple of miles south of Brandon and not far from where I live in Goshen) and the owner, Jon Satz, was graciously giving me a guided tour.

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