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Gardens at Bowling Green

Gardens at Bowling Green – POISON Plants!

There are many good things to eat on the Green, both wild (remember the mulberries?) and cultivated. But some of the plants are poisonous. The pretty plants with the white flowers are thoroughwort. They must taste horrible, because even the horses don’t try them. They’re poisonous. The beautiful yew trees near the cabin are fruiting […]

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As summer draws to an end

From Barbara Rosen Some of the late flowers are in bloom: Joe Pye weed, and Goldenrod: The wild meadow flowers: There’s also a lovely drape of bindweed on the fence. This is something I pull out wherever I find it because it’s so invasive and it covers whole shrubs and chokes them — but it […]

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Now that Summer is here

From Barbara Rosen: The mulberries are gone and so are the day lilies. But a fancy day lily is just getting started and the bee balm has opened and the corner of the lawn has become a wildflower meadow. Remember when I cut off the garlic scapes and left one so we could see what […]

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Summer is here

From Barbara Rosen Summer officially begins in a few days and the garden at the Green is right on track. The rose and the bishop’s weed are in bloom, as are the peonies and the spirea The garlic plants have put up their long, curvy flower stalks (and after I took the picture I cut […]

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Is it Summer Yet?

From Barbara Rosen: Is it summer yet in the Garden? Not quite. But the early spring show has ended. Now the bishop’s weed ground cover is coming into bloom, as are the viburnums and the aptly named old man’s beard: If you want color, here is the full palette of irises. The Brown ones smell […]

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Late Spring in the Garden!

From Barbara Rosen: The springtime show is over: the gaudy daffodils and tulips have shriveled and dropped their petals. And very soon even the leaves will die back and disappear. But right now those leaves have important work to do: they are making food from sunlight and storing it in their roots so they’ll be […]

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The Garden: Is this the Best Now?

From gardener Barbara Rosen: The spring bulbs are at their peak, and it doesn’t seem as if it can get any better than this. But gardens are ephemeral, blending seamlessly from growth to flower to fruit to decay. The bulb borders that look so perfect now have already lost the first splash of yellow daffodils […]

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Have you been watching the Garden?

Here’s the latest on the Green. Remember I told you to watch this space? Did you? The tulips are beginning! And the fruit trees are in bloom: Peach \\ Cherry: and plum. And yes, they will all make fruit. The dandelions and the first violets are in bloom: As are the ornamental pear and the […]

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