June 28, 2017

Archives for April 2012

Raspberry Almond Rugelach

Quick, easy and delicious, these little cookies are simple enough to make before a busy weeknight supper and yet pretty enough to serve to company. And if you make your own raspberry preserves, they … [Read more...]

A Shot of Brazil

Little makes as much impact as a clump of Salvia. Certainly, some species are less than showy, and then there are the ones like Salvia splendens 'Sizzler Red.' It makes a great low-growing plant for … [Read more...]

A Barrel of Fun – and Water

• By Janine Pineo • New isn’t always better. That crossed my mind Tuesday as I was being sprayed with rainwater gushing from the new rain barrels set up Saturday in anticipation of Monday’s big … [Read more...]

Martha Washington Was Here

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) Perhaps it's the American Revolution that prompted the common name -- and keeps it alive even today -- for Pelargonium x domesticum. Known as the … [Read more...]

Keeping Time

Introduced a few years ago is the Stopwatch series of portulaca, which stays smaller and blooms longer than its near relatives. Portulaca grandiflora 'Stopwatch Scarlet' is pictured as  a seedling and … [Read more...]

The Link with Chains

• By John F. Chisholm • Chains.  Ever since I pulled my 1966 Land Rover out of a muck hole where no sane person would have been in the first place, I've had real affection for chains.  Today, all … [Read more...]

A Gardener’s Obsession: Water

• By Janine Pineo • Every gardener obsesses about one thing. Water. Too much, too little, too often, too seldom - it's enough to drive a person to, well, drink. A visit to a gardening … [Read more...]

A Good Filler

Amidst all the heavy bloomers and show-stopping color in the plant world are those little entities we are encouraged to purchase as "filler." They help fill in here and there, we're told. Sometimes … [Read more...]

Pass the Hot Dog

Sometimes a weed is more than a weed. Sometimes it is the mustard for your hot dog. Such is Brassica nigra, a European native that has found its way across North America. Black mustard is a member of … [Read more...]

A Crop That’s a Little Bit Nutty

• By Janine Pineo • I am nuts. It's not hard to admit. Being a gardener can make you that way. Usually it's because something isn't cooperating: rainfall, temperature, wildlife. Then there … [Read more...]