November 20, 2017

Archives for September 2013

Show-stopper

The dramatic 'Moulin Rouge' sunflower is a hybrid often used by the cut-flower industry, producing pollenless blossoms on multibranching plants. This Helianthus annuus is considered the standard for … [Read more...]

Solve One Problem, Create Another

• By John F. Chisholm • I solve problems by turning them into other, more challenging difficulties.  I don't know why.  That's simply the procedure I've always followed. Perhaps an example would … [Read more...]

Ripening Grapes Signal End of Summer

• By Janine Pineo • If there is one sure sign summer is over, it is when the Concord grapes are ripe. Part of me longs for that day when I can gather a basket of fruit, even as my heart is … [Read more...]

Perfectly Peachy

The hint of blush on the fuzzy golden skin is enough to make anyone wonder what exactly Garden Peach is. Make no mistake, this heirloom beauty is none other than a tomato. The description on the Fedco … [Read more...]

Crabapple Cake

Native to the Northern Hemisphere, the crabapple, also known as wild apple, is commonly used in apple orchards to help with pollination. Every sixth or seventh tree is often a crabapple, its fragrant … [Read more...]

Name Game

Somewhere along the way, someone decided Sedum 'Autumn Joy' ought to be Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'. The niceties of the nomenclature may confuse you, but 'Autumn Joy' couldn't be simpler. This … [Read more...]

Get Some Switchel and Bask in the Common Ground Fair

• By Janine Pineo • As I motored up the Airline Friday night, the climbing moon in all its glory played hide-and-seek in the rise and fall of each hill. My thoughts were more elusive than the … [Read more...]

That’s a Lot of Hay

• By John F. Chisholm • Cutting hay isn't a bad job.  It is repetitive.  The diesel engine belts out a monosyllabic roar unmitigated by Mr. Doppler and his effect.  The mower growls along behind … [Read more...]

May Your Summer Squash Be Fruitful and Multiply

• By Janine Pineo • "Ain't no easy way, no, there ain't no easy way out." The song from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club rang through my head as I stood in the midst of the pole beans, a … [Read more...]

Stalking the Wild Cucumber

The email started off with a this-stuff-has-gone-crazy-all-over-the-yard and a question as to what exactly "this stuff" was. But the person answered himself. Echinocystis lobata is the native wild … [Read more...]