Monthly Archives: July 2011

Red Currant Sorbet with Vodka

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This was the first year, that I can remember that we have had red currants for over a month! Usually the birds get them! I picked a second crop and decided to make some red currant sorbet with vodka. This … Continue reading

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Sweet Peas- the aristocrat of flowers

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Sweet peas are the aristocrat of flowers. And like most aristocrats, they need to be pampered. My wife, who is Scottish, is the one in our family who grows them. Although I have very little to do with growing them, … Continue reading

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Harvesting Garlic

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It’s late July, and we are pulling the garlic. A good friend of mine who lives near Stoneridge, NY., got the garlic bug a few years ago, and planted several acres of it. She cured her garlic by braiding it … Continue reading

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Pruning Salix Integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’

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I have been wanting to rip out the Salix Integra “Hakoro Nishiki’ for a while now. In fact this fall, my plan was  to take a chain saw to it. There would also be  a lot of work removing its … Continue reading

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Insects in the Garden

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I have strong negative feelings about Japanese beetles. They swarm in as my Nevada rose comes into bloom and about 20 of them munch down on the fresh flowers destroying it within minutes. Same with some of the Clematis flowers.  … Continue reading

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WK Garden Tour

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There were  125 people who registered for the 20th Annual West Kortwright Garden Tour and it certainly felt like we had that many visitors. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many passionate gardeners who are also gardening here in … Continue reading

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A Fan of the Blues- blue flowering perrenials

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I have been  preparing for the West Kortwright Garden tour which is tomorrow, Sunday, and have been busy weeding, mowing, and hand watering; not much time for blogging!  We finally got the hot weather and though I rarely ever water … Continue reading

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