May 14, 2010 |
Fashionistas in the garden like those great big blooms with petals thick as petticoats, but there's another way to go: rock-garden plants. Their flowers are small, subtle, and every bit as beautiful as their hefty peers, as Ann Rosenberg of Bryn Mawr discovered around 1985. On a trip to England that year, she delighted in some small penstemons, which sparked an interest in other plants commonly used in rock gardens. "They're so cute!" she says. They're usually less than four inches tall, maybe as tall as 12 inches if you count things like dwarf conifers, another popular rock-garden feature.
June 13, 2014 |
Paw prints, butterflies, roses, and soccer balls were painted on the rocks that lay in the dark earth Wednesday outside the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, reminders for the friends and family who had gathered to honor their loved ones lost to violent crimes. Mary Pasquale found out that her 12-year-old daughter, Autumn, had been killed when she turned on the news and a scrolling banner at the bottom of the screen said her body had been found in a recycling container. Jean Weaver and Debbie Schanz's daughter, Amy-Lynn Schanz, 15, was strangled in their home in 1991 by her ex-boyfriend, shortly after she had broken up with him. These women share the grief of losing their daughters.
July 1, 1990 |
Jim and Cindy Poopert were surprised last month to see the yard of their back-door neighbors moving closer and closer to their own home. First, they say, they saw workmen clearing underbrush, tearing down tree limbs and carting off loads of leaves from a township-owned buffer between the two properties. Later, the Cherry Hill couple noticed crews turning part of the buffer into an extended back yard and putting down an elaborate rock garden. Jim Poopert said he was angry because his neighbors - radio personalities Ken and Elaine Garland - were destroying a part of the natural 90-foot buffer that separates the two homes and were using the township ground for their own lawn.
March 7, 2011
OOOH, BABY, talk foliage to me. I like it variegated. Betula nigra "Heritage," your exfoliating bark turns me on. Call us prudes if you will, or frumpy old gardeners, but a good number of us here in Philly get our rocks off on rock-garden succulents and wanton perennial borders. Thousands of us turned out for the opening day of the Philadelphia International Flower Show yesterday to swoon over blooms like the passion-pink Miltonia and butter-yellow Paphiopedilum alba you see here.
February 15, 2016 |
SHARON HISKEL, who has lived on her block of Marshall Street near Sedgely Avenue in North Philly since 1980, received a pear tree, a nectarine tree, and a red oak from her community organization, Nueva Esperanza, last year. She loves them. "The red oak is for shade," she said. "The other two trees will hopefully produce so I'll have fresh fruit. " Gabriella Gabriel Páez, education and community development manager at Nueva Esperanza, said that by participating in the Parks and Recreation Department's TreePhilly program since 2014, her organization has given away hundreds of trees to residents like Hiskel and witnessed the green rebirth of barren North Philly blocks.
March 28, 1994 |
Be careful what you wish for. You may get the half-acre lot where all of your gardening fantasies are meant to come true. How many apartment dwellers have dreamed of working the same magic outdoors that they do in small spaces, knowing they possess skills that far surpass the limitations of the windowsill and balcony? What a thrill to decide where to put a tree, or what to plant in the vegetable patch. Think of the satisfaction in gazing on an evolving color palette designed to keep flowers in bloom throughout the season.
July 5, 2014 |
Plant kale and zinnias as fillers. Whether caused by critters or seasonal change, you may have some empty patches in the garden. It's the perfect time to plant kale; it will tolerate cooler fall temperatures and be free from the cabbage worms that are known to munch on mature leaves up until early July. If you start more zinnia seeds now, the younger plants will be ready to replace the zinnias you planted in May that may eventually succumb to powdery mildew. If you don't have any seed or seedlings, then buy, beg or barter to get them.
May 3, 1992 |
Founded in 1852, the Klehm Nursery in South Barrington, Ill., has a long and distinguished history of producing a wide range of nursery stock. Here in the East, this family business is known for superior perennials, available to gardeners through its attractive catalogue. Roy Klehm, the fourth-generation owner, will speak May 14 at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and on May 16 at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. Klehm's grandfather, Charles C. Klehm, began selecting and hybridizing peonies in the early 1900s.
June 14, 2002 |
Dry streambeds can look as old as the hills, and they can turn tricky drainage problems into handsome elements in any garden design. Dry streams are really just above-ground drainage channels lined with rocks and placed to look as though nature had done the work herself. When it rains, water that would otherwise cut a muddy swath through a yard splashes along the stones in a streambed designed to handle the flow. When it's not raining, the dry streambed is a striking decorative feature, a rock garden around which plants naturally thrive.
November 27, 2001 |
Cooking at my house sure isn't like on the Food Network. This thought occurs to me as I am attempting to cook tiger shrimp in a tomato, basil, and white-wine sauce over cappellini. While I stir in the angel-hair pasta, which has begun to stick together, my toddler is asking questions on a continuous loop with his volume control on loud; his 1-year-old brother is babbling something that sounds suspiciously like "BAM!" The dinner came out fine, although the shrimp were a tad tough, the sauce a bit thin.