March 31, 2020

Archives for February 2012

Persistence vs. Stubbornness

• By John F. Chisholm • I trim the edges of our fields every fall.  It sounds simple.  It didn't take long to write.  Unfortunately, it's a huge undertaking.  There's more than 100 acres of field … [Read more...]

Monarch of the Prairie

Hardy to Zone 3 is Andropogon gerardii, otherwise known as Big Bluestem. This American native bunchgrass is also called turkeyfoot because its seedhead branches into three parts, resembling a turkey's … [Read more...]

A Dainty Delight

One generally thinks of orchids as delicate and tropical, but Calopogon tuberosus is hardy enough to live in bogs, swamps and wet meadows in Maine. Known as the grass pink, this showy orchid is … [Read more...]

Weedy but Edible

• By Janine Pineo • For the past few weeks I've been fighting my way through seed catalogs. It's a pleasurable task once you realize you have four (or five ... or six) versions of the same … [Read more...]

Around the Globe

This Brazil native is a bit of a globe-trotter, thriving about anywhere. Gomphrena globosa, or globe amaranth, looks a bit fake with its perfectly formed bracts that are papery in their consistency. … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sauce

• By Janine Pineo • It may seem a bit out of season, but these cranberries have been in the refrigerator since Christmas and still were in fine shape on Feb. 16 when I cooked my last batch of … [Read more...]

What’s Your Zone?

• By Janine Pineo • The USDA has issued the first update to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map since 1990. There are some significant changes, including portions of coastal Maine now considered Zone … [Read more...]

Spider Legs

If one can get past the comparison to spiders, Cleome hassleriana is a rather stately plant, with its clusters of flowers loose and airy. Also known as spider flower, this beauty comes in shades of … [Read more...]

High Romance

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) There's something charming and delicate about a poppy flower. Maybe it's the crepe paper-like petals that flutter in the slightest puff of air. Maybe … [Read more...]

An Alien Species

Agrostemma githago is one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed, which might explain its existence around the world. The common corncockle is traced back to European wheat fields, and it is thought … [Read more...]