Ed Myers’s Story Archive

Irvington Gardeners of Old . . .

The flower beds of Irvington’s earliest gardeners where planted in stiff geometrical shapes including stars, crescents and triangles. For example, the bed in the front yard of Laura Giddings Julian’s (1839-84), home at 115 South Audubon Road, was in the shape of a huge star. It was the pride of … Read More

Beautiful But Stinky

Although I have known of their existence and have grown them at the Benton House (1873) Historic Garden in the past, I recently re-ordered six bulbs of Pineapple Lily (Eucomis bicolor) for planting in that garden this spring. Eucomis is an amazing, semi-tropical bulb which produces magnificent, late summer inflorescences … Read More

Early Birds in the Garden

“You might think that after thousands of years of coming up too soon and getting frozen, the crocus family would have a little sense knocked into it.” — Robert Benchley (1889-1945) Crocuses (crocus, singular) are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring and can often be seen … Read More

2015 Garden Trends

At long last we are blessed with signs of spring. I have tulips which are 5 inches above the ground, a few daffodils showing buds, and crocus which have already bloomed. In anticipation of this year’s gardening season, I recently googled The Annual Garden Trends Report of the Garden Media … Read More

Pumpkin Yes, Pumpkin Pie No …

Our harvest was gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, so that we might after a special manner rejoice together. — Edward Winslow Thanksgiving, like Christmas, is so full of fond memories for me. For example, I remember my Mom always prepared two different kinds of dressings — … Read More