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During winter months forsythia stems can be cut, brought indoors and “forced� into blooming. (Photo © Hilda M. Morrill)

New Year Resolutions

My 2017 UMass Garden Calendar is doing its job.

Not only does it give me the daily sunrise and sunset times, but it also gives me great horticultural reminders and hints. And, yes, the days are getting longer in this New Year.

We had our first blizzard on January 7 but the past few days have been warm and the snow cover has disappeared.

It's interesting to see that the leaves of the grape hyacinths are up letting us know where the pretty flowers will be making their appearance come spring... Read More...

January 17, 2017

Tuesday, January 17 in Boylston
Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Saturday, January 21 in Stockbridge
The Begonia Winter Survival Guide with Tovah Martin - Class

Saturday, January 21 in Boylston
New Year New You Yoga Retreat - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Sunday, January 22 in Boylston
Taking Better Pictures - Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Class

Wednesday, January 25 in Stockbridge
Landscape Design Clinic: Eight-Week Course

Saturday, January 28 in Stockbridge
Growing Fragrant Plants Indoors with Barbara Pierson - Berkshire Botanical Garden - Class

Saturday, January 28 in Jamaica Plain
Pruning in Winter - Arnold Arboretum - Class

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'The Ancient Mariner' pink flowering rose bush is a beautiful 2017 spring introduction from David Austin Roses. (Photo courtesy of David Austin Roses)

David Austin Roses

We have always been intrigued by beautiful roses, especially repeat-flowering fragrant ones with pink blossoms.

So, it was exciting to receive information about one of the two new 2017 spring introductions from David Austin Roses, named ‘The Ancient Mariner’.

Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the hybrid, bush-type rose (as opposed to climbing) grows to 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide and features a “strong myrrh fragrance.” It is hardy in USDA zones
5 -10...


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