May 27, 2017

Archives for July 2013

In the Pink

Roses do put on quite a show, and the trademarked Easy Elegance rose Pinktopia is no exception. This shrub rose is hardy to Zone 4 and grows up to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The candy-pink blooms … [Read more...]

Who Does That?

• By John F. Chisholm • I may as well admit right here that I'm completely baffled by humanity. I have three stories to tell.  They're all true, all related.  You'll see.  Bear with … [Read more...]

Carrot Top and Basil Pesto

This may be one of the more vague recipes ever written. The original came from Ryan at Parker Family Farm. He is at the Hampden Farmers Market every Friday and had the recipe attached to the … [Read more...]

Tenacious Tendrils

Little bursts of purple blossoms tenaciously cling to other plants in field and meadows this time of year. They are Vicia cracca, better known as cow vetch. This climbing vine is not a native of the … [Read more...]

The Mysterious Ways of the Celery Plant

• By Janine Pineo • There's probably only one vegetable in my garden that found the weather of the past few weeks acceptable. It's the same one that I will go out of my way to track down when … [Read more...]

And the Bloom Goes On

Once you cut through the rather cryptic name, what is left is a lovely hydrangea with a sort of antique pink shade of blossoms that abound. It is called Hydrangea aborescens 'Piiha-I' Endless Summer … [Read more...]

Hazy, Hot and Humor Me

• By John F. Chisholm • Our local weather man nominated "heat, haze and humidity" for today's forecast. I'm not a big fan of the three 'H's.  In fact, I believe the only fans they have are the … [Read more...]

Water Baby

Iris ensata is the Japanese water iris, a perennial hardy to Zone 4 that thrives in standing water in the growing season. It will not, however, tolerate wet feet in the winter and thus needs to either … [Read more...]

Thorny Crown

Securigera varia produces masses of blossoms every summer, often seen by roadsides since it was first introduced in the United States in the 1950s as a natural form of erosion control. Crown vetch is … [Read more...]

Going Nuts Over Fruit

• By Janine Pineo • A little success can make a gardener go nuts. Take me, for instance. Over the years, I've failed miserably when trying to grow fruit plants. I can't even begin to name the … [Read more...]