Archive for September 2014

Pumpkins – They’re Not Just For Pie Anymore

If you’ve only had pumpkin pie or bread made with canned pumpkin, or think pumpkins are only good for Jack-o’-Lanterns, we have some work to do here.  Fresh pumpkin in season, and roasted, steamed,or boiled pumpkin that has been frozen make our favorite native cucurbit available year round.  And the options for using pumpkin are […]

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Uncommonly Interesting

For some home gardeners, when it comes to specimen trees and shrubs, it’s all about the fragrance.   For others, it’s multi-seasonal interest.  Here are a just a few interesting trees and shrubs that fulfill either or both of those landscaping preferences.  Halesia Carolina, Carolina Silverbell, native to the southern Appalachian Mountains, is typically an understory […]

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The Warming, Tropical Fragrances Of Winter Blossoms

Not many of us have room for large collections of fragrant flowering plants to grace the dreary winter months.  Perhaps a workable alternative is the strategic placement of single plants, or small groups of plants to provide pleasing fragrance without them being cloying and overpowering. Here are just a few suggestions, focusing on white flowers […]

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Pumpkins 101

Pumpkins, which are squashes, are native to North America, and traveled first to France (where giant pumpkins originated), then to England, and then back into North America with the Pilgrims, in the form of pie filling.  Despite popular lore, pumpkin pie was not a part of our Thanksgiving dinner until the 19th century.  There is […]

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