July 15, 2020

Archives for January 2012

Lemon Flavored

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) Just when one thinks one understands, one is hit with the reality that what we know as a lemon is actually only a lemonlike piece of fruit. It turns … [Read more...]

On and On

Begonia 'Non Stop' is just that, a never-ending supply of blossoms that are impossibly elegant. The roselike blooms come in shades of white, yellow, orange, coral, pink and red. Adding to the allure … [Read more...]


• By John F. Chisholm • When I was a kid, I didn't understand the reluctance with which the older generations faced their birthdays.  I listened to my grandfather, grandmother, aunts and uncles … [Read more...]

A Garden Dinosaur

Sciadopitys verticillata may be a mouthful, so let's call it Japanese umbrella pine instead. This wee specimen was on display at the Bangor Garden Show a few years back and is deceptively small, as … [Read more...]

A Crop in 3 Days? And That’s in January

• By Janine Pineo • As I write this, I am eating the results of a crop I sowed early in the week and harvested days later. And it tastes like spring. Doubtful? Not a bit. About eight years … [Read more...]

The Heather on the Hill

Garden Maine admits to loving old musicals, which is why having a patch of heath and heather has always been a dream since watching "Brigadoon." The trick is finding a species cold-hardy enough for … [Read more...]

Inherited Plants Carry Deeper Meaning

• By Janine Pineo • Plants that have a history somehow bring more joy than those picked up on a whim at a flower shop or grocery store. It always seems to hurt more when they fail, but when … [Read more...]

2,000 and Counting

One finds relatives in the strangest places, but for the spurge genus, the relatives are everywhere and come in a variety of forms: annuals and biennials; evergreen, semi-evergreen and herbaceous … [Read more...]

A Maple for the Parlor

Indoors or out, a pot of Abutilon is an easy way to add a point of interest. Also known as parlor maple, the plant has leaves that bear a striking resemblance to maple leaves but is no relation to the … [Read more...]

Houston, We Have a Flower

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) Is there anything quite like a patch of Houstonia caerulea? This native wildflower reflects the beauty of the sky at toe level, each glowing with a … [Read more...]