June 2, 2020

Archives for April 2013

Someday, I’ll Get Around to It

• By John F. Chisholm • I put off writing this essay as long as I could. Alas!  There's so much to do on a farm that rationales for delay are second nature and easily ― no, subconsciously ― … [Read more...]

Deep Into the Eye

In shades of white, lavender and purple, the daisylike blossoms of Osteospermum 'Asti Mix' will put on a show all summer if kept happy. Sporting a deep blue center, the 2-inch wide flowers of this … [Read more...]

Brightening Up the Bog

The beautiful but lethal Kalmia polifolia blossoms in midsummer with brilliant pink flowers topping a small evergreen shrub. Native to northeastern North America, this member of the Heath family is … [Read more...]

Got Dip?

What else can you think when you see a hosta called 'Guacamole' other than where's the dip? OK, maybe where are the chips. In 2002, this impressive plant was the American Hosta Growers Hosta of the … [Read more...]

Add Asters Now and Prepare for a Slow Burn

• By Janine Pineo • The glow is unmistakable, sparkling in the perennial wasteland left from a vigorous summer of growth. Not a surprise, really, when your Latin name translates to … [Read more...]

Over Hill and Darley Dale

It should come as no surprise that nature does make its own hybrids, but we humans seem to be surprised when it happens. Take Erica x darleyensis 'Mediterranean Pink.' Known as winter heath, this … [Read more...]

The Christmas Rose

The mythical hellebore gets an elegant nod with Helleborus 'Walhelivor,' commonly known as 'Ivory Prince.' Called the Christmas rose for its late winter bloom time, this plant has cream and pink … [Read more...]

Stuck in a Universal Truth

• By John F. Chisholm • We all know Murphy's Law:  If something can go wrong, it will. It's simple, elegant and demonstrable.  It is Truth.  Speaking personally, I must have proved it ten … [Read more...]

Island Delight

You've probably seen Pericallis x hybrida in the grocery store during winter, its daisylike blooms coming in an array of hues. Called Florist's cineraria, this plant in the aster family is a cross … [Read more...]

Ferny Enigma

Spotted at the Bangor Garden Show was Polypodium attenuatum 'Falax' or something like that. It was labeled Fern 'Falax' and a search got us the Latin name. But there the trail gets a little overgrown, … [Read more...]