May 25, 2020

Archives for January 2012

Form and Function

Herbaceous peonies are one of the most beloved flowers, revered for their beauty, scent and longevity. There are four different forms of peony flowers: the single, semi-double, double and Japanese or … [Read more...]

Woody and Wonderful

Garden Maine has a sweet book collection, including a reprint of "The Flower Garden" from 1851, written by Joseph Breck: seedsman and florist, former editor of The New England Farmer and The … [Read more...]

Radiant and Stately

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) No matter what name by which you call it, Verbena bonariensis is one of the most eye-catching flowers a gardener could plant. In Maine, the plant is … [Read more...]

Cherry Red? No, Maple Red

There's little in this world quite as glorious as a maple in full color on an autumn day. At a distance, the color can seem to be a single shade, and it is not until you are close that you can see the … [Read more...]

Of Dog and Man

• By John F. Chisholm • My wife keeps Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.  Large and brown, affectionate and protective, they're far superior to mere husbands.  For one thing, they're trainable.  They sit … [Read more...]

Moonlight Serenade

Native to South and Central America, Tropaeolum majus is a lush annual that is among the simplest to grow from seed. The common nasturtium has much to recommend, from its looks to its scent to its … [Read more...]

A Daisy a Day

Gerbera jamesonii was discovered in 1884 in South Africa and soon found its way into England's gardening landscape. Scientists did the usual tinkering and today we have what is the Gerber daisy. … [Read more...]

Let Us Adore You, Sweet Pea

• By Janine Pineo • Sweet pea, how I love thee, let me count the ways. First, you were discovered by a monk. A Franciscan monk named Franciscus Cupani. It was 1697 and there you were in Sicily … [Read more...]

Incan Royalty

When Spanish invaders plundered the Incan empire, they found sunflowers rendered in gold throughout the temples. The flower was the symbol of the Sun God of the Incas, according to "Forget-Me-Not: A … [Read more...]

Good Breeding

Zinnias may be considered an old-fashioned flower, but the truth is that the plant has been on the cutting edge of science for years. When Spaniards first spotted a zinnia in Mexico, they thought is … [Read more...]