May 27, 2017

Archives for August 2012

One Cool Cat

Plants that like cool, moist and shady spots aren't hard to find, but one with a burst of color can be. Enter Ligularia, a member of the aster family. This clump-forming perennial is hardy to Zone 4, … [Read more...]

In the Realm of Herbs

• By Janine Pineo • As the fuzzy leaves of my borage plants grew this summer, so did the question of whether I would eat any this time around. I watched the little row of the annual Borago … [Read more...]

Dollars and Sense

• By John F. Chisholm • I am good at spending money. There's a problem with that.  I am nowhere near as expert at making it.  Incredibly, I'm expensive even when I don't do anything.  It's an … [Read more...]

Instant Dapple

Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki' provides color in every season. Japanese dappled willow has red stems in the winter, and when the leaves emerge in spring, they are tinged pink, maturing into white and … [Read more...]

Picky Parasite

Melampyrum lineare is a curious plant, dependent on the root systems of certain plants to survive. According to Go Botany, it is a native annual "hemiparasite," (partial parasite) using its own … [Read more...]

Lilac of the South

It won't grow in Maine, but Lagerstroemia indica is a sight for southern eyes. Picture 1790 Charleston, S.C., if you can. Well, neither can we. But it is there that one French botanist, André Michaux, … [Read more...]

Burning Bright

"It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of many individual flowers which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a … [Read more...]

Tempestuous Times with Temperamental Tomatoes

• By Janine Pineo • Blink and you miss it. Wasn’t it just July and I was thinking I needed to finish the supports for the tomatoes? Ha! Somehow it’s now the end of August. And the … [Read more...]

Cool Is a Maine Cuke

What's creamy yellow, warty and covered in black spines? Maine's own Boothby's Blonde cucumber, that's what. While one can't quite track down exactly when this variety came about, what is known is … [Read more...]

Worm vs. Wasp

Damage to tomato plants can come from a number of sources, and one voracious eater is the tomato hornworm, which can devour both leaves and fruit when fully grown. What is fully grown? It equals … [Read more...]