Browsing category: My Country Gardens

Common Foxglove (Digitalis)

Common foxglove flowers form on tall spikes and are shaped like fingers cut off a glove, which explains their scientific name Digitalis, meaning “finger-like.”


Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)

Feverfew, or Chrysanthemum Parthenium, is a biennial or perennial herb that is native to parts of Europe and Asia. It requires very little care and will thrive in ordinary garden soil in full sun to partial shade.


What Flowers Are Blooming In My Garden?

The majority of the flowers blooming in my gardens right now are various shades of pink and white. The feverfew and the delphiniums are just starting to bloom, as are the foxgloves and the roses.


Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)

Bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis) have arching foliage and drooping, heart-shaped flowers, and once mature can reach a height of about two feet. They flower in spring, produce seed pods, and then have a dormancy period.


What Are We Dealing With Here?

Anyone have any ideas as to what animal we’re dealing with here? Last night something “picked” all of the small developing squash on seven of the squash plants in our meadow garden.


The Same Celery Plants, Year After Year

Our extremely short summers and a celery plant’s need for a lengthy growing season are not a good match. Perhaps that is why it is impossible to find celery seedlings or even celery seeds in this area in any of the usual places where seeds or plants are sold.


Alpine Columbine (Aquilegia alpina)

Alpine columbine (Aquilegia alpina) plants can grow up to three feet high. The flowers are bell-shaped and a most beautiful shade of purplish-blue.


Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)

Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata) is a hardy perennial herb that blooms in spring (usually in May here).


Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum orientale)

Leopard’s bane (Doronicum orientale) is a flowering perennial that has been growing in gardens for hundreds of years. This plant has a long history that goes all the way back to the woodlands and meadows of Eurasia.


Micro Tom, the “Smallest Tomato Plant in the World”

Over the last few days we have picked thirty-two ripe tomatoes… and they all came from just two tiny Micro Tom plants that we have growing under lights. The tomatoes grow in clusters and are nearly an inch in diameter.