August 21, 2017

Archives for January 2012

Jeepers, Creepers

• By Janine Pineo • Think of masses of color cascading through a garden filled with stately flowers gently waving in a warm summer breeze. Now take a gander at your feet and consider the … [Read more...]

An Invasive Debate

Rosa rugosa is as much a sight in Maine as lupine. Without either, the state would be a different place visually. Yet much is made of the fact that both are considered invasive species, despite their … [Read more...]

Autumn Glory

When other annuals and perennials have finished their blooming, it is just the start for Aster novae-angliae. The New England aster is a sight along highways and in fields when other plants are dying … [Read more...]

Judge Not a Vegetable by its Name

• By Janine Pineo • Sometimes I think a vegetable gets a bad name. Literally. Take the parsnip. It sounds a bit harsh with that whole “nip” thing. I am not forgetting that the taste can be … [Read more...]

Off to Gay Paree

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) There's nothing better to ease depression than the thought of 'Gay Paree.' The flower, that is. Introduced in 1933, this vibrant Paeonia lactiflora … [Read more...]

End of the Rainbow

The magnificent blossom of peony 'Coral 'n' Gold' is considered a single peony but actually is partway between a single and a semi-double, falling shy of the semi-double name because there aren't … [Read more...]

Murphy’s Law

• By John F. Chisholm • Speaking personally, there aren't any scientific laws better proven than Murphy's Law.  Everybody knows it by heart:  "If something can go wrong, it will." It's short, … [Read more...]

Everyone’s Talking

Paeonia lactiflora 'Do Tell' is another introduction from Edward Auten Jr., this one in 1946. The Japanese, or anemone-flowering, peony is yet another flower form. The center stamens have been … [Read more...]

Garden ‘Highlight’

Peony enthusiasts take their plant culture seriously. Oftentimes, you will see dates and names attached to particular varieties to show when the flower was introduced and who did the introducing. … [Read more...]

Resolving to Go Undercover

• By Janine Pineo • Resolutions are sort of like good intentions. (I'm trying not to think of what they say about good intentions.) I often intend to do something in the garden. Like: I … [Read more...]