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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...

February 21, 2017

Wednesday, February 22 in Jamaica Plain
Nature's Temples: Complex Old Growth Forests - Arnold Arboretum - Lecture

Thursday, February 23 in Wellesley
Mass Hort's School Garden Conference: Beyond Education

Saturday, February 25 in Stockbridge
Maple Sugaring at Home - Berkshire Botanical Garden - Workshop

Saturday, February 25 in Stockbridge
The Natural History of Bees for Beekeepers and Naturalists Alike - Berkshire Botanical Garden

Saturday, February 25 in Jamaica Plain
Pruning Shrubs - Arnold Arboretum - Class

Monday, February 27 in Bristol
Magic of the Winter Garden - Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum - Lecture

Tuesday, February 28 in Stockbridge
Landscape Design: Berkshire Botanical Garden, Seven-Week Course

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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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