March 28, 2020

Archives for November 2013

Big Drain

Some plants can't make it on their own, such as Odontites vernus, or red bartsia. This wildflower comes from a family of plants (the broomrape family) that are either partially or completely … [Read more...]

The Green that Keeps on Giving

• By Janine Pineo • Sublimely surreal. So I thought as I sat on a bench near the barren vegetable garden under a sky glowing in gold and gray as the sun broke through the fog streaming across … [Read more...]

Rocket Shrimp

The heat is on with Pachystachys lutea, a subtropical evergreen shrub commonly known as lollipop plant, golden shrimp plant and candle flower. The rocket-shaped spires of yellow bracts produce … [Read more...]

Maine Harvest Festival a Feast for the Senses

• By Janine Pineo • The smell of foods - lots of food - hits before you even walk through the doors of the Cross Insurance Center for the 2013 Maine Harvest Festival. Three vendors were cooking … [Read more...]

Then I Met Noel Paul Stookey

• By Janine Pineo • Ever start a day thinking I am going to do this, this and then this? And then "this" becomes a whoa-Noel-Paul-Stookey-what-just-happened moment? That was my … [Read more...]

The Magic Number is 11

• By John F. Chisholm • I can only schedule 11 a.m. dental appointments. It's true.  I'm not lying.  Eleven in the morning is it. Initially, I wasn't impressed.  If you're like me, you prefer … [Read more...]

A Place of Extraordinary Beauty

• By John F. Chisholm • This is a place of extraordinary beauty. True, it's easier appreciating that when the deerflies aren't out.  Having the weather cool and comfortable helps tremendously as … [Read more...]

Lunch for Larvae

The native Asclepias syriaca is a showy wildflower, ranging up to 3 feet in height and topped by umbels of pinkish-purple flowers which give way to huge, warty seedpods that burst open to release … [Read more...]

The Optimism of a Cabbage Patch

• By Janine Pineo • "I want death to find me planting my cabbages." Hmmm. There are so many ways one can interpret what Michel de Montaigne wrote a few centuries back. He was a French … [Read more...]

Polish Stew

First published in the Bangor Daily News in September 2006. The first e-mailer asked whether it was a figment of my "fertile imagination" and that "inquiring minds and bellies want to … [Read more...]