April 1, 2020

Archives for November 2012

Q&A with a Native Kiwi and Accidental Photographer

• By Janine Pineo • Our New Zealand photographer for our journey to Middle Earth is Anna Paton of Auckland. We asked a few questions of her and liked her answers so much we thought we'd just let … [Read more...]

Sandy’s Wrath Fells a Sentinel of the Seasons

• By Janine Pineo • When the wind and rain of Frankenstorm Sandy blew through in late October, I wasn’t as concerned as when we were hit with some of the crazy storms that had skittered across the … [Read more...]

Inca Gold

Like a chandelier of Chinese lanterns, so grows Physalis peruviana, a member of the nightshade family prized for its edible berrylike fruit. Also known as husk cherry or pineapple tomatillo, the plant … [Read more...]

A Vine to Twine

For centuries, a honeysuckle vine has had a romantic image, perhaps fueled a bit by Shakespeare, who wrote "I will wind thee in my arms./So doth the woodbine, the sweet honeysuckle,/Gently entwist." … [Read more...]

Automatic Pilot Forgot to Tell Me

Editor's Note: John wrote this last year, right before Thanksgiving. We hadn't launched the site yet, so we saved this holiday goodie for this year. Optimists are we, thinking we'd still be publishing … [Read more...]

A Pumpkin Named Pam

Small pumpkins are a thing of beauty, and none more so than the perfect 'Baby Pam.' With a smooth skin, tan handle and perfect ribbing, these fruit don't weigh much more than 4 or 5 pounds at their … [Read more...]

Killer Beauty

Ageratina altissima is a perennial herb native to eastern North America. Commonly called white snakeroot, this member of the Aster family blossoms in late summer to fall with big clusters of tiny, … [Read more...]

Squash a Thanksgiving Tradition as Vegetable, Dessert

• By Janine Pineo • Thanksgiving begins the season of traditions, a time when memories are vivid and meals past are revisited with relish (may I suggest cranberry-orange?). An integral part of … [Read more...]

Festive to the Max

Few flowers have the power to stun quite like Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima.' Since 1851, this white double - with its deep flecks of magenta - has been a standard in many gardens. Growing to 36 … [Read more...]

A Peony’s Best Pal

About the time the peonies start to open at the end of May, so do the pink, tubular flowers of Kolkwitzia amabilis, better known as beautybush. This deciduous shrub is a graceful addition to any … [Read more...]