Storey staffers and friends share June garden scenes.
As we head into the first month of summer, we’re seeing fallout from our strange spring weather. It looks as though we won’t have many peaches this year, and in my own yard, our rhododendron — always a huge lure for bumble bees and hummingbirds — simply failed to flower for the first time on record. That’s made me think about what plants I can add to our garden to supplement the food supply when the usual favorites don’t flower when we expect them to. All of this thinking is timely, since next week is National Pollinator Week. In keeping with that theme, my colleagues snapped several photos that show our pollinators in action, from hummingbirds and butterflies to tiny native bees, along with photos of plants the pollinators in their gardens love. It’s giving me lots of ideas for next year. 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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