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Summertime Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Summertime Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini_Flowers

Summer is a time of intense flavors. There’s nothing quite like the bursting flavor of corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, or berries, delivering  a rush of sweetness to your taste buds. Here, the classic flavors of corn, tomatoes, and basil are combined in a homemade sweet corn ravioli.  Squash blossoms, the beautiful blossoms of the male zucchini, are the perfect appetite teaser.  They are stuffed…

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Ghosting

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Agave americana 'Variegata"
Agave americana 'Variegata'

Agave americana ‘Variegata’

In keeping within this weeks parameters of memories, there is a beautiful term, poetic even, of a word used in horticulture. Called ‘ghosting’, it refers to the impressions and markings left on the new succulent leaves, specifically agave, which occurs from the foliage being tightly pressed together as it grows, only revealing itself as the leaves unfurl from the…

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Sojourn- NY

Jennifer Neumann on Bannerman Castle, New York

Destination Unknown

An arrangement of stairs set beneath the idyllic Hudson Valley landscape. The landscape, mottled by fresh summer rain, held a damp, earthy scent.  The visit was a step back to a time when traipsing to the family home in the countryside was a luxury for the prosperous seeking to escape the confines of life in New York City. Standing here admiring the worn facade of…

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Sunday Clippings

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This past week’s Sunday Clippings takes on an ecological and agricultural slant rather than a horticultural one. Only one article, a profile of a British potter’s garden, relates to horticulture directly while the remainder concern agriculture (almonds, urban agriculture, and trendy foods), plant classification (the dying of Latin names), and plant ecology (the cell architecture of a tree). Just…

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Dear Jimmy: Ode to Orange

Dear Jimmy: Ode to Orange

Orange slices sprinkled with paprika
"Orange and Red on Red" by Mark Rothko (image courtesy of The Phillips Collection)

“Orange and Red on Red” by Mark Rothko (image courtesy of The Phillips Collection)

Dear Jimmy:
As I leaf through the spring bulb catalogues and mark the daffodil and tulip varieties of interest, I notice that I am finding the orange ones appealing (apart from white and black). Perhaps orange is such an unexpected color in spring – its warm piquancy in sharp contrast to the cooler vernal tones.…

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Sunday Clippings

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The last of the summer holiday (Labor Day weekend in US) has passed and things have returned to normalcy as kids return to school, employees report to work regularly, and stores are stocked with the latest fall and winter fashions. By no means have warm days disappeared – today’s mercury will hit at least 90 degrees F as if summer refuses to loosen its grip for fall. This week’s Sunday Clippings…

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Annuals for Late Summer

Annuals for Late Summer

A field of Cosmos bipinnatus in full flower

If perennials are steady gatekeepers who modulate conversations and table settings, then annuals are the effervescent guests that bring much gaiety and laughter to the scene. Annuals can be boisterous gatecrashers. The gardener might be forgiven for overlooking annuals during spring and early summer as spring bulbs and perennials like delphiniums, Oriental poppies, and peonies are at their…

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The Shift

IMG_2417Every year it happens, it’s seasonal, cyclical, a mental shift, occurring earlier or later of which we have no control. Time flies by,  with spring swirling into summer, too entranced by the beauty of the garden to stop and breathe. The early seasons are extroverts, flaunting us with blossoms who boast with color or scent, parading past us day after day. It’s happening already here in Holland,…

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Time is…

Time is the longest distance between two places.  - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Time is…

Time is the longest distance between two places.  - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

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