May 25, 2020

Archives for September 2013

Pickled Cabbage

Cabbage generally elicits one of two responses. Eeeew would be one and yummy would be the other. I tend to fall into the camp of the latter. I love cabbage. Which was what prompted me to first … [Read more...]

Sweet Scent of Autumn

Few plants start to bloom at summer's end, but one such plant is Clematis paniculata, or sweet autumn clematis. This small-flowered climber can reach upwards of 30 feet but can easily be kept under … [Read more...]

When Lady Hummers Go All Territorial on You

• By Janine Pineo • A happy garden hums. From the bees drifting purposefully from bloom to bloom to the crickets that chirp away to the frogs that sing in the night, rarely is my garden … [Read more...]


It is, perhaps, appropriate that one of my favorite pickles is jardiniere. The word is French, the feminine form of gardener, which gave me a chuckle. In English, one of the uses of the word is for … [Read more...]

The Turtles Have It

The genus Chelone is probably best recognized by the flowers from whence its common name is derived: turtlehead. The blossoms' unique shape is similar across the genus' four species as all resemble … [Read more...]

Garlic: Putting Its Best Foot Forward for 5,000 Years

• By Janine Pineo • If you rub this herb on the soles of your feet, you'll eventually exhale it from your lungs. Hmmm. My first thought as I read that line from was why would I … [Read more...]

It’s Not Hard to Figure Out Who Owns the Place

• By John F. Chisholm • Jinx is a black and gray tiger cat.  He's confident that he owns this place. He doesn't walk.  Walking is for lowlife.  He sashays, parading every step with deliberation, … [Read more...]

My Blue Heaven

With its heart-shaped leaves, twining vines and flowers the hue of the heavens, Ipomoea tricolor 'Heavenly Blue' is a striking plant that has withstood the test of time. This stellar specimen is a … [Read more...]

The Tale of a Geezer in the Wrong Century

• By John F. Chisholm • Isn't it strange how we never think of ourselves as old.  Oh, we give lip service to the concept, "I'm just an old man" (or an old woman) but we don't mean it.  Not really.  … [Read more...]

Utilizing the Land Means Respecting It First

• By John F. Chisholm • Scott Engstrom of ABS Construction is building a road for us.  He does a great job, painstaking and gentle with powerful equipment. The idea behind it is access through the … [Read more...]