November 20, 2017

Archives for October 2013

No, It’s Not Ugly

Salvia uliginosa has one of those names that at first glance might register as "ugly," but it is far from it. The Latin name for this particular member of the mint family is derived from its native … [Read more...]

Fact vs. Fiction

• By John F. Chisholm • I've been struggling to complete a novel.  It's far from my first.  But I began the story I'm referring to two and a half years ago.  I stopped work on it when I began … [Read more...]

Rather Seedy

Linaria vulgaris has the ability to produce up to 30,000 seeds from one plant annually. Not surprisingly, this non-native perennial of the plaintain family is considered invasive in many parts of the … [Read more...]

They’re Groat!

Grains can be curious plants to trial, especially when you have no idea what you are doing. An easy one to try is Avena nuda, or hulless oats. Pictured is the 'Terra' variety, touted as the best of … [Read more...]

One Good Yank Reveals the Glorious Carrot

• By Janine Pineo • It lurks underground, shrouded in dirt and mystery. Growing out of sight, it easily is forgotten until the frosts of fall kill all else. Its roots reach through the … [Read more...]

Tall, Crisp and Ruffled

Malva verticillata 'Crispa' is a variation of Chinese mallow, a plant that was cultivated more than 2,000 years ago, before the start of the Han Dynasty in China. Hardy to Zone 6, this plant readily … [Read more...]

Cream of Celery Soup

The celery went wild this year. Prime conditions in the veggie garden made it grow like mad, producing stalk after stalk, bunch after bunch. We froze numerous bags of it for soups this winter (just … [Read more...]

Living on Love

• By John F. Chisholm • October 9, 2013 - Kim and Corey moved into their cabin last night.  It's tiny, 12x20 feet.  There're aren't any furnishings.  No electricity.  No amenities.  There's a … [Read more...]

Allergy Alert

Ambrosia artemisiifolia has what may be the most deceptive name if you think ambrosia is the food of the gods in Greek mythology. This plant, however, is the fuel of hay fever and is better known as … [Read more...]

Inspiring Indigo

Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’ cannot be captured easily with a camera. Its spikes of flowers grow all season long, curling and twisting under their own weight like crazy fireworks in a deep, velvety shade of … [Read more...]