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Archives for May 2013

Did You Know Dill and Fennel Don’t Get Along?

• By Janine Pineo • Did Pinocchio eat finocchio? This is but one riddle I have pondered while weeding and watering. The answer would be no, because Pinocchio wasn’t a real boy. Finocchio, … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Bark

Sometimes the best thing on a plant isn't the greenery. Such is the case with Acer griseum, the paperbark maple. A native of China, this tree can reach upwards of 30 feet in height with a spread of 25 … [Read more...]

True Blue

So widespread that some consider it a weed, Viola soraria is the common blue violet, gracing lawns with abandon. Interestingly, the species varies, somewhat according to its location, with northern … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Go to Brussels to Enjoy Sprouts

• By Janine Pineo • It’s the scourge of the dinner plate. It’s portrayed as universally reviled. It’s even more unpopular than broccoli. You have but to say the name and watch for … [Read more...]

Looking Prickly

One never knows what hidden treasure you will stumble across at the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden at the University of Maine campus in Orono when you visit. Something like Fothergilla … [Read more...]

A Radiant Glow

Introduced by the University of Minnesota, Malus 'Radiant' is a flowering crabapple with a number of appealing traits. First, the tree matures anywhere from 15 to 30 feet in height and spread. Next, … [Read more...]

Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away

Re-usable row covers keep plants warm, repel destructive insects • By Janine Pineo • Why is there always a breeze when one is trying to maneuver giant, lightweight pieces of cloth? So it … [Read more...]

You Have Reached Your Destination

Note to Readers: Puttering Around is a new feature on Garden Maine. It is the place where Janine waxes on about things when the mood strikes. • By Janine Pineo • The alarm early this morning … [Read more...]

Look at Those Eyes

Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue' is a native plant that likes a bit of shade to produce its showy white fruit which give it one of its common names: doll's-eyes. Also called white baneberry, this … [Read more...]

Drifting Away on the Scent of Spring

Note to Readers: Puttering Around is a new feature on Garden Maine. It is the place where Janine waxes on about things when the mood strikes. • By Janine Pineo • The clouds in the sky all … [Read more...]