Today we’re visiting with Fran Cohen in Rhode Island as she reflects on what the garden brings in every season of the year.
In the early days of 2021 I’m stunned to see that some of my favorite seed catalogs have already sold out of many varieties. I shouldn’t be surprised that people turn to the comfort of growing things in difficult, uncertain times. Gardening always gives me solace and hope.
Every season has its beauty. A winter ice storm sheathes the coral bark maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’, Zones 5–9) branches in glass and diamonds. I’m grateful for the indoor gardening of seed catalogs, wish lists, to-do lists.
Then out of the bare, hard earth, daily miracles bring to mind a favorite quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: “It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” A dogtooth violet (Erythronium, Zones 4 – 9) reminds us to look closely.
Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata, Zones 4–8) flowers
The temporary order in the vegetable garden convinces me it will be the best year ever.
In summer, the color that runs wild in the sun (red Clematis ‘Niobe’, Zones 4–9 and an unknown white variety).
Summer’s color is rivaled only by autumn’s last hurrah on coral bark maple and sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum, Zones 5–9). There are so many things to look forward to in the garden.
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