May 25, 2020

Archives for July 2013

Warming the Cockles

Agrostemma githago is one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed, which might explain its existence around the world. The common corncockle is traced back to European wheat fields, and it is thought … [Read more...]

The New Black

It's a peony, it's a poppy, it's purple and it's black. Papaver paeoniflorum 'Black Peony' is also Papaver somniferum Paeoniflorum group, which really just boils down to a subtype of opium poppy with … [Read more...]

Bee Mine

Phacelia tanacetifolia has a most descriptive common name: bee's friend. This native of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico is now grown for many reasons, including as a cover crop and … [Read more...]

Button-sized Brilliance

Once in a while, a plant surprises you. With its slightly weedy appearance before it blossoms, Emilia coccinea is one of those plants. And then, it blooms! The common name is tassel flower, for these … [Read more...]

The Complicated Nature of Simplicity

• By John F. Chisholm • Simple, it's complicated. Which is which? I'm afraid I know. The Daimler hasn't been running well.  Nothing new there.  But whenever that happens I obsess about … [Read more...]


With a common name Elmer Fudd might find easy to say, Genista tinctoria is a shrub native to Europe and Turkey. Known for its bright green stems - which are the source of another common name, dyer's … [Read more...]

History and the Hemlock

• By Janine Pineo • Before the Revolutionary War. Before the Mayflower weighed anchor. Before Columbus set sail. Way before the Crusades ended. Even before the Magna Carta. Just a … [Read more...]

Order the Book Our Farmer Wrote

Our farming columnist, John Chisholm, has written a book. Prompted by essays he wrote here on Garden Maine, John explores his relationship with a 1959 Daimler SP-250, an antique British car that … [Read more...]

Out of Algeria

For a small flower, Linum grandiflorum 'Rubrum' packs a wallop in scarlet. Nothing can quite prepare you for the explosion of color that scarlet flax offers when the small flowers open  to reveal a … [Read more...]

Quick Vegetable Stir-fry

Fresh veggies from the garden, the farmer's market or a kindhearted neighbor can be quickly prepared to make a delicious, healthy stir-fry. It's one of our favorite dishes all year long. Use any … [Read more...]