Garden Views: Learning the language of the garden

By MARY FRAN McQUADE Sometimes gardeners seem to speak a foreign language. “Deadhead the salvia. Be sure to cut it back to a leaf node,” someone tells you. Wait – what? Usually nobody’s trying to use fancy words, but like other special activities, gardening has terms that pack a lot of meaning into one or […]

Garden Views: Growing the poppies of November

By MARY FRAN McQUADE To a gardener, it’s odd that poppies are so prominent in November. Cold-loving chrysanthemums make more sense at this time of year. Lately, even Christmas greens and trees are already appearing in garden shops. The bright red poppy rightfully belongs to the month of August, the hot harvest-time. But, as most […]