Article Archives: Going Green Gardening

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

Going, Going . . . Gone

I have always been amazed by the wonders of nature. For example, the hatching of butterflies, the life cycle of frogs, the effects of short and long daylight hours on plant growth, and the changing colors of leaves on deciduous trees and shrubs to beautiful shades of red, yellow, purple, … Read More

Oodles of Pumpkins

Oh! Fruit of boyhood! The old days recalling, when wood grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, glaring out through the dark with a candle within! — “The Pumpkin,” John Greenleaf Whittier (1850) The word “jack-o’-lantern” dates back to English … Read More

Grow Me, But Put Me in a Pot

The large orange-red, two inch papery pods of Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi) are often used to accentuate Halloween or Thanksgiving flower arrangements. Although called “Chinese Lantern,” this perennial is actually native to Japan and southeast Europe where it’s sometimes referred to as ground, Jerusalem, or winter cherry or husk tomato. … Read More