Storey staffers and friends share August garden scenes.
A few weeks ago, I was beginning to think there were two mainstays of summer I might not see again this year: rain and bumblebees. Serious summer drought conditions in Massachusetts have left crispy gardens and dusty earth everywhere, and floral food for bees has seemed to bloom and die off faster than usual (not so in Norway, as you’ll see below). But lately, summer storms have brought mildest relief and, as pollinator favorites like sunflowers and Joe-Pye weed have begun to blossom, the bumblebees are again turning up in droning droves. Every night after sundown, I turn on my porch light to see each sunflower head in our front yard occupied by no fewer than three slumbering bumbles. What a revelation, to discover that they bed down in their dinner plates! Enjoy these glimpses of Storey gardens filled with vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and hot pinks — the color equivalents of the sultry dog days of summer. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
June is, indeed, bustin’ out all over. It only took a few days of swampy air and soaring temps for those blooms to pop! This month, irises and chives, poppies and peonies dominate, but a few of us are lamenting the lateness of things that … Read More
Oy vey, spring! Enough of this pretty relentless string of chillier-than-usual, gray and rainy days. Sure, we escaped a repeat of last year’s stone fruit-killing cold snap (and fruit growers in our region are promising a season of epic production), and all the … Read More
From its Himalayan home, robust rhubarb got a lift to Europe with Marco Polo and was introduced in America around 1820. Hardy and resilient, it is now grown in temperate climates around the world. One of only a few perennial vegetables, rhubarb plants often produce for … Read More
In 2010, Melissa A. Click from the University of Missouri and Ronit Ridberg from Tufts University published their examination of why people grow and preserve their own food. Their results showed complex motives, but food activism was a recurrent theme. After sorting through and analyzing … Read More
Every year, April 15th marks the start of Bloom Day, a monthly glimpse at the growing season through the gardens and yards of Storey employees and our flower-loving acquaintances. This year, it seems, we’re off to an exceptionally slow start. Though this week brought us … Read More
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