March 19, 2016
Early Spring Blooms Tour Visit & learn about the Scott Arboretum's plant collections. Swarthmore College, Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8025. 3/19. 2-3:30 pm. Hellebore Festival & Spring Fair Hellebore display & sale, plus a craft show w/food & Easter treats (Sat. only). Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville. 3/19. Twist, Twine & Twirl: A Look at Vining Plants Vine-growing presentation w/information on regionally suitable clematis varieties. Swarthmore College, Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; Registration required.
June 14, 2014 |
Harvest leafy vegetables, and plant more crops. The recent spurts of higher temperatures have pushed cool-season crops like spinach and lettuce to slow down and start to develop flower stems, or bolt. Once that happens, leaves turn bitter, so start picking now. After harvesting everything, although you'll have empty spots in the garden, you can soon fill them with new crops, planting either seeds or transplants. If planted now, quite a number of vegetables can provide a bountiful harvest through the fall, including beans, beets, carrots, chard, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, summer and winter squash.
February 8, 2014 |
If you've ever seen silvery-green mountain mint at the height of summer, you'll understand why Pat Sutton practically swoons over it. "Tops on my list," she says of this native perennial, which is loved by nectar-seeking butterflies, bees, wasps, and moths, but little known to gardeners. Sutton, an exuberant wildlife gardener and native-plant champion from Cape May County, is the exception. And, as you can imagine, her list of unusual favorites is long. Something to think about as you spend these snowy days thumbing through the 2014 catalogs touting all the "hot new plants.
April 20, 2013 |
'Kale in the serpentine" sounds like the title of a whodunit, but there's no mystery here - just something new and fun that awaits visitors to Chanticleer, the public garden in Wayne that likes to change things up every year. Other Philadelphia-area gardens have added stuff this spring, too, from new tree houses and replenished rose gardens to "steps-free" walkways and giant bug sculptures. But "kale in the serpentine" definitely stands out. First, the serpentine. It's a hillside garden planted every spring with snaking swaths of cool and colorful crops like wheat, tobacco, barley, cotton, flax, sunflowers, or sorghum.
May 21, 2010
Pruning is one of the scariest tasks in any garden. Most of us fly blind and do terrible things to our plants, shrubs, and trees. But as Lee Reich explains in The Pruning Book (Taunton Press, $21.95), proper pruning is critical. It keeps plants healthy, prevents them from growing too large, enhances their beauty, and improves the quality and quantity of their flowers, leaves and fruits. Not only that, but pruning can be fun, he says. Really? The oblivious among us know that nothing feels better than to whack away at an overgrown anything, but that's not the kind of fun Reich is talking about.
June 20, 2008 |
Americans love big stuff, and that includes flowers: tulips as dense as dahlias, dahlias bulked up like peonies, and peonies as grand as roses. So it's not surprising that the group of tiny clematis known as viorna has never made the best-seller list. In fact, few gardeners know about it, and it's almost impossible to find. Garden centers, big-box stores, even growers and writers are too busy cashing in on the splashy, flat-faced stars of the clematis world. Those would be hybrids such as champagne-pink 'Nelly Moser,' a dramatic heirloom with 8-inch blooms and a thick cherry stripe down the center.
April 6, 2007 |
As an artist and gardener, Victoria Mowrer has a thing for funky vines, especially gourds that rocket round the clock in the heat of summer. "They're very fun because they grow so fast, and I really am enchanted with their tendrils. They're magical," says Mowrer, of Strasburg, who sculpts the ugly-duckling fruits into charming birdhouses, mobiles and masks. (She regularly teaches gourd workshops at Jenkins Arboretum in Devon). But creepers sometimes have an image problem. Mention "vine" to a gardener and count the seconds till phrases like "man-eating English ivy" come sputtering out of their mouths.
May 22, 1994 |
When Eric and Ellen Petersen moved from New York to West Chester, they bought a 60-year-old house. The garden takes up about a third of an acre, and as they analyzed it during their first season, they struggled to incorporate the new with the old. A magnificent weeping cherry, a couple of grandiflora magnolias and old American hollies had survived since the 1950s, throwing lots of shade. Gardeners often bemoan shade, but for Ellen Petersen, whose garden will be on display to the public in June, it's a good environment because she loves foliage, and she's always experimenting with foliage combinations.
February 13, 1994 |
Like most garden writers, I receive lots of mail about new items and information. Here's a selection from which I thought you would benefit. Given my fondness for my gardening partner, I figured you should know about a software program called "Gardner Pardner. " My partner digs and harvests. The Pardner helps you keep track of all kinds of things, such as genus, species, transplant date, pinch date, light conditions, hardiness zone, where purchased and description notes. Gardner Pardner is written for any IBM- compatible PC running on Microsoft Windows software.
May 2, 1993 |
When the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College was founded more than 60 years ago, family and friends of Arthur Hoyt Scott carried forward a dream he had had for many years. An enthusiastic gardener, Scott wanted area residents to have the opportunity to see the best garden plants growing locally. Scott especially fancied lilacs, and the arboretum has wonderful collections of that plant. It also has cherries, crab apples, magnolias, peonies and daffodils, just to mention a few. The collections are probably broader than even the visionary Scott could have imagined.