Storey staffers and friends share scenes from summer gardens.
What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, we were feeling the effects of drought on plant, animal, and humans alike. This year, we’ve had rain so often and in such big amounts that we’re floating — sometimes literally:
But with the earth thoroughly quenched, our gardens are beginning to rejoice amidst the mud. Lilies are lords of the land in July, from here to Norway (as you’ll see), berries are bursting, and towering flowers like hollyhocks and foxgloves are reaching great heights. This early summer onslaught has me hungry for the sunflowers, dahlias, and zinnias I started from seed and tuber that are now full of late summer promise. But I’m not rushing things, no, no, not I. Patience, grasshopper. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
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I didn’t grow up in a house where we canned our own food. For my parents (both city kids from Philadelphia, raised in the ’40s and ’50s) fresh vegetables and the fruits were few and far between. Summers brought some New Jersey tomatoes and corn, … Read More
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