“In season, all is good.” – Sophocles
– Wildflower Updates, Anza-Borrego desert
March 13, 2012: This great photo of a desert lily was submitted today by Carla Hoegen and Fred Melgert. They found it off to the side of the S22, between mile posts 38 and 39. Absolutely beautiful flower!
Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
– How to keep perennials in check
The Molly-the-witch has broken ground, each of its spears a meaty-red wick bright against the mulch. The peonies are early to rise, and already the shoots have ruptured to reveal a cluster of carmine-pink leaves.
Dan Pearson, The Observer
– Molly the Witch
Affectionately known as ‘Mollie-the-witch’, Paeonia mlokosewitschii makes up for its somewhat awkward name by being one of the loveliest and best tempered of herbaceous perennials in the garden.
– Beans and Greens: A Power Couple
If you’ve been a longtime follower of Recipes for Health, you know how much I like combining beans and greens. They make a good, nourishing couple and every peasant cuisine in the world seems to know this.
New York Times
– Tomatoes That Mimic Actions of Good Cholesterol Created
After the tomatoes were eaten, the peptide surprisingly was found to be active in the small intestine but not in the blood, suggesting that targeting the small intestine may be a new strategy to prevent diet-induced atherosclerosis, the plaque-based disease of the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
– Imaginary axis … garden structure at Federal Twist
The shape of the axis is not arbitrary. It follows the pattern of storm water flow around the house and across the garden to the long slope down to Lockatong Creek.
View from Federal Twist
– Aster Evaluation
I just got done reading the latest plant evealuation notes from Chicago Botanic Garden. This issue: Asters. With 116 taxa, this was the largest comparitive evaluation trial they’ve done to date. The trial list uses the current nomenclature, which I’m still adapting to.
Confessions of a Plant Geek
There were boxwoods here since I knew this place. They used to march up each side of the front walk. There was a fire one year when the woods across the road burned and fire crossed over.
Secrets of a Seed Scatterer
– The Ongoing Saga Of Geranium ‘Brookside’
At that point, they had resided in my garden for a few years and I wasn’t the least bit impressed. Even in full bloom, they looked messy and out of control; and not in a cottage garden like good way.
An Obsessive Neurotic Gardener
– Eriobotrya japonica; my favorite plant in the garden this week…
I feel a special sort of attachment to this loquat. I watched it at a nursery for over a year before I finally bought it. During that year I purchased another loquat (less expensive, more the shape I needed for the available spot) but I never stopped thinking about this one.
– The 2013 Espaliers
It is no secret that I am very fond of espaliered trees. Espaliers? These are trees or shrubs which are pruned to a 2-dimensional shape.
– One of Us
These are stimulating times for anyone interested in questions of animal consciousness. On what seems like a monthly basis, scientific teams announce the results of new experiments, adding to a preponderance of evidence that we’ve been underestimating animal minds, even those of us who have rated them fairly highly.
– Psychopathy’s Double Edge
Over a 28-year-old single-malt scotch at the Scientific Study of Psychopathy’s biennial bash in Montreal in 2011, I asked Bob Hare, “When you look around you at modern-day society, do you think, in general, that we’re becoming more psychopathic?”
The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Only a man can draw a self-portrait, but only a man wants to.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg