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Garden Inspiration: Hudson Valley Cottage

HERE’S WHERE I LEARNED WHAT I KNOW about country gardening: a hillside in northern Dutchess County, N.Y. My wasband and I bought the 20-acre property in 2002 and set about to create garden beds on a couple of those acres … Continue reading

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My Little Eden

THINGS ARE SO GREEN AROUND HERE after a couple of days of heavy rain… well, all that’s missing is the serpent. I can’t stop taking iPhone snaps of my humble Long Island half-acre, from so many angles you’d think it … Continue reading

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Garden Envy in Amagansett

The heavenly tented pool pavilion I COULD GO IN AND OUT of grand oceanfront estates all day long, then come back to my humble cottage and still be happy with the place. I can wander five hedged, manicured, topiaried, statued, … Continue reading

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Montauk’s Second House

“SECOND HOUSE” IN MONTAUK, out at the tip of Long Island, is so called because it was — you guessed it — the second house built there, when Montauk’s 15,000 acres comprised America’s first cattle ranch. First House, built in … Continue reading

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How Does My Garden Grow?

PRETTY WELL, METHINKS, in the front yard at least. This morning, the view from my door was what you see above. Six short weeks ago, on April 26, it looked like this: Here’s another angle on the current splendor: Same … Continue reading

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Happy June

NOW THERE’S YOUR PROPER JUNE BORDER, above. A little ahead of time, as is everything in this accelerated spring. Peonies; irises; columbine; foxgloves and phlox on their way. In front of a very proper old house, below, on Long Island’s … Continue reading

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Me-Haul

IT’S RAINING AND I’M GLAD. Rain is just what you want when you’ve been planting perennials. It “settles” them, helps their roots make close contact with the soil. Yesterday I returned from Upstate New York with a Honda Fit-ful of … Continue reading

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