May 23, 2017

Archives for May 2012

Rite of the Rototiller

• By John F. Chisholm • I rototilled the garden yesterday.  I enjoy it.  It's a rite of spring.  I add manure from the midden by the barn, empty the composter of the winter's accumulation and mix … [Read more...]

Hey, Hey

It's a monkey-flower, a really big monkey-flower. Meet Mimulus 'Maximus Mix,' introduced in 2005. This particular hybrid was bred for the greenhouse trade: flowers earlier, prefers a 4-inch pot and … [Read more...]

Pineapple Rhubarb Jam

The rhubarb has gone crazy this year. The leaves are over 3 feet wide, the stalks are over 3 feet high and it's still growing! We worried over it last year when it came up in both spring and fall due … [Read more...]

Totally Linear

A quick look at Epilobium leptophyllum might be a bit misleading from just a photo. The rather airy-looking bog willow-herb can top an impressive 3 feet in height. With flowers ranging from pink to … [Read more...]

Lettuce Varieties Abound to Tempt the Pickiest Palate

• By Janine  Pineo • The other day I was ankle-deep in composted manure, feeling hot and thirsty and covered with dust from a minor mishap with a powder-dry block of peat. Something to do with wind … [Read more...]

Painted Posy

It was the lack of a hard edge that brought the eye back for a second look. How could flowers lack an edge? By the mere fact that the edge of every purple flower is a chartreuse that blends into the … [Read more...]

Catch That Train

Mention coleus and most think about brightly colored leaves and then picture those leaves on large, upright plants. Get ready for Stained Glassworks Burgundy Wedding Train. It's a big name to live up … [Read more...]

‘Butterflies’ Make the Heart Take Wing

• By Janine  Pineo • It was not much more than a twig when it arrived. But I had high hopes for it, envisioning lush blossoms on elegant branches. Sure, I read it was a slow grower. But … [Read more...]

Seeing Double

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) It's a mouthful, but Argyranthemum frutescens 'Fireball Red' is worth the trouble. Or you could just say it's a marguerite daisy, if anyone asks. The … [Read more...]

Reach for the Starsister

The name is a little odd, but we generally don't puchase a bloom because of its name. We are shallow enough to be taken in just by a pretty face, and the dahlia 'Starsister Red and White' has that in … [Read more...]