I pull open the produce bin and there looking up at me is my perfect little eggplant _ forgotten! And … it’s not so perfect anymore. It’s wrinkly. Squishy. Inedible.
Oh, this piece by Denver Post blogger Julie Farquhar rings so true! Who hasn’t started off the gardening year promising to eat every last beautiful vegetable that comes out of your garden, only to end the season with pangs of guilt and extra vegetables for the compost pot?
After several spates of sizzling summer weather, many gardeners were left looking for drought tolerant alternatives to lush perennial garden plantings. One perennial that has been a stalwart of my garden has been tickseeds or coreopsis.
“It won’t matter if those games are played in Fenway Park, at Yankee Stadium, on Boston Common, or at the New York Botanical Garden. The team that plays better - excuse me, pitches better - will win. It’s really that simple.”—
Say hello to another really great Garden non sequiter! This time we find ourselves randomly inserted into an oped about the September doldrums baseball fans on the East Coast are facing down as both the Red Sox and the Yankees seem to have a lock on playoff berths (we know who we’re cheering for! Go Bronx Bombers!)
In cooperation with the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, the Garden is offering a class on hydrangea maintenance at the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. The class has an additional focus on making flower arrangements with these beautiful, showy shrubs.
“From Yonkers to Port Chester and Valhalla to Haverstraw, community gardeners are harvesting thousands of pounds of vegetables this summer for food pantries and charities.”—Our neighbors to the north in the lower Hudson Valley are doing some serious harvesting and building some serious communities around their gardens.
Interesting study from the USDA that may link anthocyanins—the plant pigments responsible for the blueness of blueberries, petunias, and grapes—with pest controlling properties. In the study, USDA scientists found that corn earworm caterpillars and cabbage looper caterpillars forced to eat the blue-pigmented parts of petunia flowers suffered a variety of adverse reactions.
To many of those people, the language and style of scientific communication are rarely compelling. What other vocabularies might scientists use to engage the public with the importance of nature and the enterprise of science? “Poetry is prayer and good medicine,” wrote a colleague of mine, Craig Carlson, when I asked for input on a book I was writing about the relationships between trees and humans. He was right.
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni in Poetry Magazine on how she uses poetry to help people understand the scientific work she undertakes in studying trees and the role they play in ecosystems.