Author Archives: aheronsgarden

Reviving Old-Timey Sorghum Molasses Days

A New-Age Experiment on an Old Southern Tradition At the end of August good friend Steve invited us to come by for a try at making sorghum syrup at his barn. This would be an adventure, he said, as no … Continue reading

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Hurricanes and an Aging Woodland

Trees Have Adventures, Too Hot spots in the Atlantic Ocean have been popping up like weeds in a garden this year, and I can’t help reflecting on what kinds of mischief they could spill in the next two months. I … Continue reading

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What I Did Then I Would Never Do Again

(MAYBE) Midsummer has arrived, and July and August are draping the garden with raggedy crazy-quilts. I knew, deep underneath my intoxication with our garden this spring, I would have to pay the piper for all that bliss (or some other … Continue reading

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Empress Josephine: Plantaholic for the Ages

Her Passion for Plants Enriches our Gardens Today She was attractive, willful, extravagant. She was smart, manipulative, acquisitive. She was passionate about plants. But she had no money. In fact, the first three decades of her life read like a … Continue reading

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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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