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Week 15:
July 1, 2020

Week 15: REMOVING "RIPE" FOLIAGE Last week we spoke of garden editing as removing something that does not add to the picture. The flattened yellow foliage of daffodils, scilla and other spring flowering bulbs are no longer nourishing the bulb and it is time for them to go! The foliage of these bulbs is now “ripe” and can be pulled up by the handful with no danger of pulling out the bulb. Cutting the foliage is a much slower process and leaves behind some of the yellow plant. Bulb foliage deteriorates rapidly, so I often times leave them in [...]


Week 14:
June 24, 2020

Week 14: HOW AND WHY YOU SHOULD "EDIT" YOUR GARDENS The key to a successful garden is the same as that for a successful movie or book-- editing. Editing is always necessary in the garden but it is even more so now that the summer season is here. Take a morning coffee or evening cocktail stroll through the garden and take note of anything that is not adding to the picture. This is garden editing. Work in specific areas or by specific plants so as not to be overwhelmed by what needs to be done. Work in the north [...]


Week 13:
June 17, 2020

Week 13: ADVICE FOR SEEDLINGS Oak, maple, and bittersweet seedlings are coming on strong with the onset of the hot weather. Usually less than ten inches tall at this time of year, they seem to have the strength of full-grown trees when one attempts to pull them out! I mentioned a tip last year for their removal that works so well that I wanted to mention it again. The tool that works best for their removal is a simple pair of pliers. Grasp the plant at or just below soil level and give a firm pull and twist of [...]


Diner Herbed Mini Meatloaves
June 17, 2020

Week 13: A meatloaf recipe in late June?  Why not, when it’s as delicious as this one? The plus to this one is that it needs to be refrigerated before baking, so you can make it the night before and chill it in its baking dish.  Best of all, you have sandwiches for the rest of the week.  This is a true keeper! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:13] Email Gail


Week 12:
June 10, 2020

Week 12: ADVICE FOR PRUNING LILACS The flowers of spring and early summer flowering shrubs bloomed for a long period of time due to the cool temperatures. It was a very good year for most lilacs! If you have an underperforming lilac it may be due to one or more of several factors. Lilacs planted near trees may be getting shaded out as the trees mature. Removing overhanging branches of nearby trees might be enough to get those shrubs back into the sunlight. Lilacs also weaken as stems get old and woody. Rejuvenation pruning helps here, cutting a third of [...]


Chef Zeb’s Hot Milk Cake
June 10, 2020

Week 12: This recipe was recommended to me by Lisa Walker, our Director of Development.  It’s direct from the King Arthur Flour website, and it is indeed a winner—see the photo of the emptied plate!  I like to serve it with fresh fruit and whipped cream, but you choose your own accompaniments. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:12] Email Gail


Week 11:
June 3, 2020

Week 11: FOLLOW-UP WATERING FOR NEW PLANTINGS Garden centers and nurseries across the nation have seen record-breaking sales this spring as people turn to gardening and nature as a respite from the ongoing pandemic. Whether planting annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees or shrubs, it is important to remember that the key to successful gardening is follow-up watering. We must not rely on Mother Nature or the lawn irrigation system to keep give new plantings the moisture they need! Proper watering involves applying a deep drink at the base of the plant every three to four days. Doing this has an [...]


Rhubarb Snacking Cake
June 3, 2020

Week 11:  This has to be one of the most delicious cakes I have ever made.  I came across the recipe on the internet; the site was birdsnestbites.com, written by a cook and a gardener in the Pacific Northwest.  My rhubarb came from the garden of my friend and neighbor in Waquoit, Linda Despres, who also happens to be one of our culinary volunteers! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:11] Email Gail


Week 10:
May 27, 2020

Week 10: The sun is high and the days are long, so too should be your lawn! With the onset of hot, sunny days it is time to mow your lawn high for a variety of beneficial reasons. Tall grass helps to shade the soil and preserve it's moisture while at the same time keeping sunlight from reaching weed seed and emerging weeds. The green grass blade contains chlorophyll which manufactures carbohydrates to feed the lawn. Longer blades of grass mean more chlorophyll which translates to more food available to the growing grass. Lawn mowers have adjustable blade heights. [...]


Week 9:
May 20, 2020

Week 9: TIME TO BRING YOUR INDOOR PLANTS OUT Usually the middle to end of May is a good and safe time to move houseplants to the outside where they will benefit from additional light, airflow, and the occasional rainstorm. It is a time to move cautiously as it has been an unusually cool spring! I have moved hardier plants like camellia, bay, fig, and rosemary outdoors. More tender plants like ferns, citrus and fuchsia should wait until evening temperatures remain above 45 degrees and the danger of frost has passed. It is a good idea to move plants to [...]


Virtual Senioritis 2020

May 2020 - June 2020

This was the 14th annual senioritis show at Highfield Hall, a tradition started by Jane Baker and Barbara Milligan in 2007 when Falmouth High School was under construction.  Over the years, the show has become an event that is greatly anticipated and cherished by the senior class.  Thanks so much for helping us to continue the tradition virtually this year and giving this special opportunity to our students! 


Week 8:
May 13, 2020

Week 8: SPRING FLOWER TIPS Forget-me-nots, Myosotis, are a great source of flower power in the garden this time of year! These plants with bright blue flowers are considered by some gardeners to be short-lived perennials while others consider them to be biennials or even annuals. However you classify them they are easy, prolific, and beautiful. Flower time varies a bit according to the weather but late April and May are show time in sun or shade. The plants die back quickly in June and get unsightly and are best removed at that time. These plants are shallow rooted [...]


Lobster Corn Chowder
May 13, 2020

Week 8: I had a little lobster leftover from last Friday’s “Out of the Pantry” taping, so I decided to use it in this chowder. How can you go wrong with sweet lobster meat, corn, potatoes, cream, and smoky bacon? This recipe comes from the Boston Globe—as everyone said when we finished, “it’s a keeper!”. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:8] Email Gail


*Virtual* 60/60: Over Sixty Pieces of Art by Women Over Sixty
May 2020

* Virtual Exhibit* 60/60: Over Sixty Pieces of Art by Women Over Sixty Juried Art Show at Falmouth's Highfield Hall produced by Art Because... MAY 15 - AUGUST 23rd Once the CDC and the state Board of Health give the clear for small gatherings again, we look forward to opening our doors to members, friends and family to come and experience this exhibit in person. Until that time, please enjoy this online gallery of selected works. VIEW VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HERE We are women. We are artists. We are over sixty. What do [...]


Week 7:
May 6, 2020

Week 7: SPRING FLOWER TIPS The best thing that can be said of this past April is that the gardens are going into May with an abundance of moisture! Warm sunny days now and evening temperatures above 40 degrees will make plants jump to life. Peonies this time of year seem to grow inches a day. It is important to get those peony hoops into place now so that the plants can can grow supported. Larger irregular shaped clumps can be supported with bamboo stakes and garden twine. The abundance of moisture also guarantees a high population of snails [...]


Pandemic Peach Clafoutis
May 6, 2020

Week 7:  Peaches from a jar or a can (no sugar added) are especially nice to have on your pantry shelf!  Here’s a clafoutis I made, from the Food52 Baking book.  I only had a few raspberries to scatter on top, so I decided to use the last of my brandied peach halves in the clafoutis, and garnish it with the berries. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:7] Email Gail

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