Monthly Archives: September 2011

Coclchicum ‘Giant’- fall flowering bulb

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I order 10 x  Colchicum ‘giant’ bulbs from Brent and Becky’s bulbs out of Gloucester, Virginia. Within two days of planting them they were up and blooming. This is the second week. I wish I had ordered more. They are … Continue reading

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Lespedeza thunbergii -‘Gibraltar’

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Lespedeza thunbergii -‘Gibraltar’- common name Bush Cover, is hardy to zone 4.  It’s a deciduous shrub, but you treat it like a perennial and cut it back to the ground each spring.  Give it plenty of space because it reaches … Continue reading

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Encouraging Wild Areas in the Garden

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You don’t have to do much to encourage wild flowers and grasses to come to your garden.  If you stop mowing the area where you want them, the meadow that grows up will bring birds, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies. It … Continue reading

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Seed Pods and Hips in the Autumn Garden

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It’s been a very wet couple of weeks. First Irene dumped about a foot of rain on the Catskills and now another week of intense rain and more flooding.  The maples are blushing and the meadows are full of blooming … Continue reading

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Spring bulbs

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My friend Per was asking me about bulbs. It’s time to order and plant spring bulbs. This autumn I am going to plant a carpet of small blue flowering bulbs (5-7″inches) in my new plum orchard. I have ordered several … Continue reading

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Acatea Racemosa- James Compton

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This is the star plant in my garden this week. Originally called Cimicifuga, it is now called Acatea -Racemosa. This variety is a dark burgundy color and flowers several weeks later than the common snakeroot which has green leaves and … Continue reading

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Tomato Sauce -Canning

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Equipment needed: 1 large canning pot- 18 quarts or larger, 2nd large pot (for blanching tomatoes) Good Paring knife Numerous bowls to hold blanched tomatoes. 12-16 quart canning jars with lids. Canning funnel Canning jar lifter Colander and sieve  Ingredients: … Continue reading

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