Category Archives: Gardening

Frost

There were needles of fine frost on Burt, the apothecary’s rose, this morning. So much for “once blooming”!  My fine specimen of Rosa gallica officinalis, the ancient and unmodified Red Rose of Lancaster (and of Martin Luther), has blossomed repeatedly … Continue reading

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Loopin’ the Lupine

Please, please, pronounce “lupine” correctly. There is a word spelled LUPINE and pronounced LOO-pine, and it is an adjective meaning “wolflike.” There is another word spelled LUPINE and pronounced LOO-pin, and it is a noun meaning “perennial flower from the … Continue reading

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As May Ends

There have been many rainy days, and I’m told more are to come.  This morning is perfect.  It’s summery, sunny, a little humid, the kind of morning where gardening is a pleasure. The irises are doing great (except one that … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes

It was one of those hilarious-infuriating moments where you just have to bite your tongue and then top up your cocktail. “They’re not Jerusalem artichokes, they’re Israeli Sunflowers,” I was told forcefully. There’s no such thing as an Israeli Sunflower, … Continue reading

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Saunders Peony

A lovely gift arrived today from Madison, Connecticut:  the root of a Saunders peony. Dr. Saunders of Hamilton College was the most famous cross-breeder of peonies; I read that over 200 varieties are now attributed to him.  This one apparently … Continue reading

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