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English Gardens in South Texas?

May 11, 2017
garden

Last week for the first time I was on Nantucket off-season—to celebrate daffodils, one of the first signs of spring on the island. While South Texas is already experiencing summer, with the temperature occasionally reaching 90 and spring flowers past their prime, Nantucket is at the very beginning of springtime, with bulbs and fruit trees and forsythia in full bloom. I will return at the …

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Bumps in the Road

June 23, 2016
brick sidewalk

Here on Nantucket for the summer, my great fear when I’m alone on the streets after dark is not the perceived threat of someone lurking in a dark corner ready to assault me or snatch my purse. It’s the fear of stumbling on the old brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets. Ancient tree roots push up the bricks and make the sidewalks treacherous for those who …

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Lessons From Nantucket Gardens

August 16, 2015

The Nantucket Garden Club held its annual home and garden tour while we were there in July–eight homes on historic Darling and Farmer streets. Since Nantucket was laid out in the Colonial period, when houses were at the front of deep, narrow lots, getting to peek in these hidden gardens is a rare treat. Only the ubiquitous window boxes give a hint of residents’ passionate love …

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