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Caladiums from Enchanted Forest nursery in Texas. For the Recorder/Pat Leuchtman

Between the Rows: Blooming bulbs and tubers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last spring my husband and I travelled down to Texas to be present when our grandson Anthony was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle award. There was an impressive ceremony and we were so proud of this whole Eagle family who had jointly done so much for the community. Besides our family celebration, my daughter Kate and I went to … 0

Behind plant names

Monday, February 1, 2016

With all the attention being given to the importance of native plants in our domestic landscape, one can only wonder where all the non-natives, otherwise known as exotics, came from. If you look at plant names, sometimes including the full scientific name, you will get a hint. Many of the plants discovered in … 0

Between the Rows: Plentiful primroses

Friday, January 22, 2016

Earlier this week I entered Foster’s Supermarket and the first thing I saw was a bank of primroses. I could not have been happier. Many years ago I bought a pot of Foster’s primroses and after the blossoms had gone by I saved the plant until spring tiptoed in. I planted it at … 0

Between the Rows: Root vegetables and cellars

Friday, November 27, 2015

Our Thanksgiving table will include Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, beets, parsnips and carrots. Even the Pilgrims might have had some of these vegetables at the first Thanksgiving. Root vegetables were an important part of the food … 0

Between the Rows: A new cookbook for apple lovers

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fall is a season of thanksgiving. One of the blessings of the season is a good harvest and this year there has been a spectacular apple harvest — indeed a spectacular fruit harvest of almost every kind. I gave thanks and celebrated with Amy Traverso, author of the … 0

Between the Rows: Biomass for compost

Friday, November 13, 2015

As far as I am concerned, the leaves that fall in the fall are as welcome as the flowers that bloom in the spring. When I lived high on a windy hill in Heath, all the leaves blew … 0

Between the Rows: Living with a sycamore

Friday, November 6, 2015

One of the blessings of our new Greenfield house is the tall and majestic American sycamore which gives the front of the house shade and helps cool it in summer. My husband, Henry, and I have never had … 0

Between the Rows: Farewell to House at the End of the Road

Friday, October 30, 2015

The time has come to say farewell to the End of the Road. You will notice I am not saying farewell to Heath, because our presence in Heath will not end. When it was clear that it was … 0

Between the Rows: In the Hundred Acre Wood

Friday, October 23, 2015

Winnie-the-Pooh and I did not become acquainted until I was an adult and read what had become literary classics, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, to my young children. I had known of the books, of course, … 0

Between the Rows: Apples, the perfect fruit

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson called the apple the American fruit. Certainly the legend of Leominster-born Johnny Appleseed, once an orchardist and later a traveler on the frontier planting apples, is one of our favorite American stories. However, archeologists have … 0

Between the Rows: Peonies, lush and carefree

Friday, October 9, 2015

Herbaceous peonies are the most glamorous flowers in my garden, so lush and big, and pink, of course. I have planted mostly late varieties so that they will still have some bloom when the roses begin to bloom. … 0

Between the Rows: Asian gardens

Friday, October 2, 2015

In my youth, I thought Chinese and Japanese gardens were very similar. Over the years, I have learned how wrong I was. Both concentrate on bringing the gardener — and visitors — into nature. With the Chinese, it … 0

Between the Rows: Harvest rain with Hugelkultur

Friday, September 25, 2015

Learning how to harvest rain and manage water use is an urgent topic in California, where I have been visiting, but it is a big topic for all of us. It is important for us all to manage … 0