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With below-freezing temperatures forecast for the weekend I should be spending every waking moment moving the rest of my container plants indoors. Digging and potting up as many tender perennials as I can wedge into my entry-porch-cum-greenhouse … more
Baleen: the precursor to plastic As early as the Vikings, many peoples who hunted whales used as much as possible of the carcass. This included the blubber, oil, bone, teeth and baleen. Some species of whales such as North American Right … more
When I was first bitten by the gardening bug, I hated them. Insects and creepy crawlies of all stripes gave me the heebies. (Butterflies excepted.) Gardening for me was about being outside under a warm sun surrounded by the fragrances and prettiness … more
Q. I am looking to date two American Seating Company chairs that I have owned for quite some time. They are a Bishop's chair and an assistant/side chair—part of the past Ecclesiastical/Church Department of the American Seating Company. They … more
I wish I could put my hands on the New York Times article clipped for me by a friend in which the author, or maybe it was an interviewee, shared the reason behind his lifelong passion for gardening. The gist was, through all of life’s upheavals … more
Q. Can you tell me anything about the artist John Sisson? I have several black and white sketches by him including the “Seagull Restaurant, Succotash Rd., East Matunuck, Rhode Island”. A. John Sisson was a self taught marine artist who … more
Q. I read your recent article about the Eames chair and I have a chair and ottoman which is similar. It bought it in 1960 at Roitman & Son. It is upholstered in white leather. Can you tell me anything about it? A. The Roitmans were … more
For most of our history, the dining room did not exist. Most of the space in homes had to be multifunctional and most homes consisted of one big room. Even castles built in the Middle Ages, although large, were mostly one very large banquet hall … more
I don’t think my garden has ever made me happier than it does this very minute. After eight years of adding, transplanting, editing, and endless tweaking, its ensembles of plants and ornaments are finally beginning to show each other off without … more
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