What am I doing planting in the snow? After a robust season of gardening for others, I’m still catching up with my own home gardening by getting inkberry in the ground before the earth freezes up for good.
Inkberry (Ilex glabra) is a New England native plant that supports pollinators and other wildlife. In the holly family, these particular female Ilex glabra shrubs have nice dark berries that birds love. The red berries? This is a female winterberry, another native shrub in the holly family (Ilex verticillata), especially important to birds migrating in the spring.
Since I’m planting so late here in North Easton, I’ll apply about two gallons of water, delivered in small gulps, then cover the planting area with a thick but fluffy layer of leaves for insulation for the winter. Until the ground freezes, they’ll need about an inch of water every week, so I’ll continue watering as needed.
BIDDING ENDS AT 4 P.M. TODAY!
Last year at Country Gardens (shown above), this year at the Governor Ames Estate, the spectacular display of beautifully decorated trees has become one of the most popular holiday events in Easton! Bring the family and enjoy a leisurely stroll through dozens of trees decorated in traditional, contemporary, and whimsical styles. Enter the raffle to win – and take home – your favorite tree while supporting the many Garden Club activities that support the town. Visit the Easton Garden Club for more info.