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It has been a great year for butterflies….with the possible exception of eastern tiger and black swallowtails, at least in my garden. Several times last year I counted dozens of caterpillars … more
Is summer really over? Can you recognize the signs of the season? Has the lighting changed? Have you heard the katydids sing? Have you seen the wild geese flying south? Are you finding the browning, … more
I spend a lot of time from fall through spring fantasizing about my dream house. I think about its ceiling and walls of glass or insulated polycarbonate, and how it has drainage in the floor. … more
I’m feeling conflicted about dahlias. When they’re perfect they can hit like a sucker punch to the gut and leave me gasping. They’re not the only flower to strike me that way; the … more
The first time I got a nose-full of ragweed pollen and sneezed 16 times; the first crisp-apple day and sweater-weather evening; the first time I bit into an actual crisp apple, and saw mums for sale, … more
I wasn’t always a fan of gladioli. Like most people I associated them with stiff altar arrangements. But that changed when I noticed them in a garden. On a cross-country trip many years ago, I … more
I’m starting to feel less frantic and anxious than I have since spring and I think I know why. It isn’t because I’ve made a smooth transition from planting to maintaining. I … more
I haven’t gotten everything planted yet. (Yes, I know it’s July.) My back porch holds a collection of trays lined with 4-and 6-packs of stressed out nicotiana seedlings spiked into … more
I’m sorry, I’d love to stay and chat but can’t possibly take the time right now. The garden is doing its springing into summer thing and it’s all I can do to keep up. Is it … more
I have one ambition in life unlikely to earn me any medals: I want to watch plants grow. I did sit down once, years ago, to witness the opening of an evening primrose flower. I don’t remember … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.