July 6, 2020

Archives for February 2014

Tall and Mellow

Few flowers are as impressive as the stately hollyhock, some varieties of which can reach 9 feet in height. Native to Asia and Europe, Alcea is a genus of about 60 species in the mallow family. The … [Read more...]

Going Straight to the Source

• By John F. Chisholm • Sometimes it's very difficult knowing the source of problems. No matter. Knowing is important. At times it's extremely important. In fact, there are times when knowing … [Read more...]


The brilliant yellow rays of this flower are not surprisingly those of a Helenium, H. autumnale to be precise. Best known as sneezeweed, this perennial is a prodigious bloomer of daisy-like flowers … [Read more...]

Oat Pancakes

I came across the basis for this recipe about a year ago during the depths of winter and discovered that oat pancakes are pure comfort food. I've taken to calling them oatcakes, although that is … [Read more...]

Not a Stepping Stone

The looks of Sagina subulata belie its preferred growing conditions of dry, sandy or gravelly soil by creating a lush groundcover of rich green. This European native is generally known as Irish moss … [Read more...]

The Angst and the Ecstasy of Writing

• By John F. Chisholm • I'm fighting through the final chapters of "Doug," another novel. When books reach this stage, they consume me. I struggle to convince myself that I'll be so tremendously … [Read more...]

Hope Springs Eternal

• By John F. Chisholm • Last month we had a stretch of four days where the highest temperature, day or night, was -9 degrees Fahrenheit.  Of course the low temperatures were far more frigid than … [Read more...]

That Stings

Urtica dioica has six subspecies, two of which occur in New England and only one of which is native. Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis is native and can be identified because both the male and female … [Read more...]

Curly Top

Allium senescens subsp. glaucum is an ornamental onion, blossoming later in the year than most of its relatives. Its common names are numerous, ranging from German garlic to curly chives to pink curly … [Read more...]