July 20, 2017

Archives for March 2014

Spring: Days of Cucumber and Amaryllis

• By Janine Pineo • It's a sign when the amaryllis puts up its first leaf: That festive time of year is just around the corner. Crazy shopping days are ahead, with the car packed full and a … [Read more...]

Spring: Let’s Make It Happen

• By John F. Chisholm • There's nothing the matter with my Daimler's shift knob.  It works fine.  More than that, it's beautifully made of turned, polished mahogany.  I suspect that it isn't … [Read more...]

Crimson Pride

An iconic symbol of New Zealand at Christmas is Metrosideros excelsa, better known in Maori as pohutukawa, or the New Zealand Christmas tree. This member of the myrtle family is endemic to the island … [Read more...]

Most Elegant of Them All

If one needed a single word to describe the genus Lilium, elegance might be that word. There are numerous types of lilies around the world, natives to Europe and across Asia and Japan and into the New … [Read more...]

One Big, Happy Family

One might think of orchids as exotic plants, growing lushly in a tropical setting. And one would be right - to a point. The orchid family, Orchidaceae, is one of the two largest families of flowering … [Read more...]

On the Hoof

Early settlers are often to blame for the introduction of species to the New World, and such is the case for Tussilago farfara, a European native that is now found far and wide in North America, … [Read more...]

Behold the Kakabeak

On a lone island in a New Zealand harbor there grew a legume. This evergreen shrub, Clianthus puniceus, is a rare plant, commonly known as kakabeak. That name stems from its arresting clusters of red … [Read more...]

The Tragedy of the Homogenization of Earth

• By John F. Chisholm • I find myself worrying more and more about homogenization. No.  I'm not talking about Pasteurization.  That's a milk safety process. Rather, I'm referring to almost … [Read more...]

One Big Corpse Flower

Flowers come in all shapes and sizes, although the size of Amorphophallus titanum would be enough to stop anyone in their tracks. The inflorescence of the curiously named "corpse flower" can top 10 … [Read more...]

‘Banquet’ Setting

If one is starving for the awe-inspiring power of a peony, look no farther than that of the tree peony 'Banquet.' This impressive plant is a 4-foot-tall lutea hybrid tree peony that sports what are … [Read more...]