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22 July 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Calendar Announcement

We are glad to welcome volunteers from the McDougall Center here at Yale, for an afternoon of work in the garden. We will be engaged in every sort of gardening activity from one-thirty to three-thirty on Sunday, July 28. 

11 July 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

I realized over the course of the last few columns that I start out every one with a lament or description of the weather. This worn-out form of human interaction is next to useless for those readers in far climes, so I will self-edit this portion out of the process. The local weather conditions can be ascertained elsewhere. As for effects on plants and gardens (and gardeners): water what is dry, protect yourself from the sun and the heat and drink lots of liquids.

 

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5 July 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

July 5, 2013

Plantain-Lily

Hosta species

 

            Welcome to the New New England Summer, where it feels like the Delaware River Valley when I first moved there from Kentucky in the 1980’s. It’s like living in a plastic bag.  The heat and humidity are more intense every day, with very few breaks of nice clear low humidty sunny days. Fortunately we have a... Read more »

5 July 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

June 8, 2013

Kousa Dogwood

Cornus kousa

 

            We are having another one of those Junes: the cloudy days have outnumbered the sunny ones and, except for the last week of May, temperatures have been below the average means for those dates.  Meanwhile, tornadoes and severe storms rake across the Midwest and droughts and wildfires ravage the R... Read more »

5 July 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Number Liquid Sunshine

June 7, 2013

 

Fava Bean

Vicia faba

 

            First a couple of errata and mea culpae.  My well-educated and erudite correspondent from Arne Herbs (http://www.arneherbs.co.uk/) in Bristol, UK bemoaned the sad state of the education available at Yale. I quote here: “Slug….arthropod... Read more »

5 July 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

May 24, 2013

 

Blue-bean Shrub

Decaisnea fargesii

 

            After a couple of weeks away, much has changed. We broke the ‘drought’ that had me somewhat worried and are now in a rainy spell that has my lettuce patch somewhat worried. Given the choice between a slug of whiskey, a slug as in a bullet... Read more »

9 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Calendar Announcement

Saturday May 18, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For the first time, we are opening the greenhouse doors on a Saturday for the general public to visit. Volunteer docents will be on hand to answer questions for the visitors who are encouraged to walk through on self-guided tours. The tropical diversity collections include many fruiting plants, from bananas to mangos. The desert house and the carnivorous plant collection are two of our signature plant collections. Please join us. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted.... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric

Check this video of our Venus Fly-trap winning an engagement with a poor spider. Please forgive the cheers as we just couldn't help ourselves. Good Romans, we, thumbs down at the gladiator fight. 

http://vimeo.com/49759658

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

May 8, 2013

 

Watering and

Elephant-eared Saxifrage

Bergenia cordifolia

 

            Despite the snowfall over the winter and the seemingly endless string of dreary days in February and March, we are seven inches behind our average in precipitation for New Haven so far this year, and that... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

April 23, 2013

 

Hally Jolivette Cherry

Prunus x ‘Hally Jolivette’

 

            Sometimes a really nice plant comes along and you are ready to enjoy it, like being ready for your uncle’s advice or your brother-in-law’s chili. It’s always good, but there are days when it is JUST THE THING. When I first s... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

April 12, 2013

 

White Forsythia

Abelliophyllum distichum

 

            We are behind in the precipitation department for the year. Rather a stark and somewhat confusing statement, considering the snow fall (that storm in February? Hamden, where the lovely lady of my house and I live had the most snow: 40 inches)... Read more »

8 May 2013  |  Posted by Eric  |  Plant of the Week

Liquid Sunshine

April 3, 2013

 

Lenten-Rose

Helleborus species

 

            The plant kingdom has a dozen (one system has thirteen) separate ‘divisions’ within it. These dozen range from the small plants like algae to a small division like the one that has but a single genus and species within it (Ginkgophyta an... Read more »