Author Archives: aheronsgarden

A Practically Perfect Spring

But There is a Catch It’s late May when I begin this piece, and it’s been windy and rainy for seven or eight days. Last I checked we had seven-going-on eight inches in the rain gauge, with more coming in, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Hellebores in Two Gardens

Dazzle and Disappointment, Inheritance and Intuition Part I Imagine this dazzle growing in one garden. Yup, just one garden: Susan’s Zone 5 garden on a rocky hillside in New Hampshire. Appropriately, she’s floated these beauties in a heart-shaped glass bowl … Continue reading

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In a Hatter’s Mad World There is Escape to a Garden

Of all the quirky grounds I can think of for escaping to a garden – snooping on box turtles, smelling the rain – never would I have listed escaping a pandemic. More specifically, the noise of the fear. I am … Continue reading

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Garden Memories

Three decades of my memories are seamed to the garden with a lock stitch that cannot unravel. The quiet months, January and February, when the green world seems asleep, often draw me back to those first years, when I was … Continue reading

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43,000 People are Suing Bayer over Cancer from Roundup

A David and Goliath Story — With some Twists Plaintiffs in these high-profile cases are a mix of professional and amateur groundskeepers, landscapers, gardeners. They have used Roundup for decades and claim that their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that can … Continue reading

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Remembering Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868)

Global Johnny Appleseed? (One of an occasional series about unsung players in the world of plants) If Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward had been able to grow ferns in his garden, we might not enjoy bananas in our cereal today. Dr. … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Gardener

Garden Got You Bonkers? You’re in Good Company Rising seas, melting ice, monster storms, raging fires. Climate events on planetary scale. Do our gardens reflect a changing climate in quieter, less dramatic ways? From its shaky beginnings, our garden has … Continue reading

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The True Strange Tale of an Unlucky Rabbit

In Which We Meet Rabbit One fine summer morning we opened the door to find a wild rabbit sitting on our front porch. Might I come in? he seemed to ask, nosing the interior the way rabbits nose, but very … Continue reading

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September Renaissance

Unbidden Garden Pleasures It never fails to surprise. Come September I fall in love with my garden again. Spring is always first love, probably is for most gardeners, new and tender, impatient, welcome after a raw winter. Then sun-dried summers … Continue reading

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Top Ten Secrets for Tidying Tree Trash after a Big Storm*

Caution: This is Not a How-To Manual (You have to figure that out for yourself) We don’t want to brag or anything, but with all the tropical storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, lightning strikes and hurricanes that have passed over us … Continue reading

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