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CAROL LOLLIS
Drifts of deep yellow yarrow behind gray-leafed stachys and blue salvia form the perennial garden at the home of Stephanie and Chris Frank.

‘I’ve got the perfect place for it’ How a rocky landscape became a splendid arboretum with sweeping lawns, koi pond, waterfalls, more; Belchertown Garden Tour July 12

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Many Belchertown landscapes feature huge boulders and stone walls made from the rocks found on the property. They create a challenge in creating a harmonious garden. Stephanie and Chris Frank have succeeded with unusual specimen trees and shrubs nestled against the boulders with sweeping lawns edged with wide perennial borders. Their garden will be among six on the Belchertown Garden Tour July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perhaps it helps that Chris Frank owns C.L. Frank & Company of Northampton, arborists. “He’s at nurseries all the time. He’ll bring a plant home and say, ‘Why don’t we see what we can do with … 0

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hungry plants

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All this torrential rain is washing nutrients out of the soil and vegetables and flowers are getting hungry. We gardeners tend to neglect fertilizing or, on the other hand, use too much. Right now, however, is a good time to give plants a nutrient boost. Vegetables can be side-dressed, that is, given a … 0

Living Smart: Easy projects to spruce up your lanscaping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ∎ Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most standard bag size is 2 cubic feet. Bulk mulch sells by the cubic yard, which is equal to … 0

Get Growing: Colors of spring

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blue is often regarded as a melancholy color, i.e. “feeling blue,” but who can feel sad when there is a carpet of blue Scilla siberica or Chionodoxa sardensis covering your garden? The other morning my spirits were lifted … 0

Your Place: Ice-melt products stained pavers; what to do?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The ever-genial Mitch Cohen, of Cohen Hardware in Philadelphia, emailed me recently, reporting that many customers were asking him how to get ice melt’s white residue out of their brick pavers. I don’t use anything on my brick pavers, so I can’t speak from experience. And when I … 0

Right at Home: Victorian garden style lives on

Friday, April 18, 2014

Those drawn to 19th century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer. The look involves florals, weathered wood, wire, period typography, bird motifs and accessories, and other elements … 0

Decorator offers tips on where to splurge, scrimp

Friday, April 18, 2014

When it comes to decorating our homes, our choices are many. From flea markets to furniture stores, from Costco to custom manufacturers, sources abound for furniture and accessories that can add function and style to our rooms. But … 1

In tight places, savvy gardeners train their vegetables to climb

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Whether you have a postage-stamp garden or half an acre, growing some of your vegetables vertically makes sense. “I’m promoting vertical gardening because people seem to think they need lots of space for growing vegetables,” said Charlotte Vesel … 0

Valley experts detail options that lure gardeners into herb field

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How many inspirations are there to grow herbs? Let us count the ways: You can create herb gardens for food, remedies, ingredients for natural body care products, crafts, or simply to have a low-maintenance garden that attracts pollinators … 0

A studied walk through the garden How three Valley coaches help property owners keep their lands looking beautiful

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Do you wish you could improve your landscape but don’t know how? Do you wish someone could give you reliable advice about the plants already on your property, what plants you might purchase and how to … 0

Late spring: What happened and what’s to come for gardeners and lawn lovers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yellow daffodils, purple crocuses, red tulips, green grass. We humans are all starved for color, for a hue other than white or brown. Wild creatures have also been starved this winter — not for color but for food. … 0

Get Growing: Vegetable gardening

Friday, April 11, 2014

It’s finally time to plant vegetables — as long as your soil isn’t too wet or still frozen. Peas, onion and broccoli plants and lettuce seeds or plants are among the crops that are hardy enough to plant … 0

Your Place: Paint peeling, plaster crumbling — what to do?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Question: I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. In the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling. This is happening only on the first … 0