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Left: Old-fashioned rambling roses, accidentally spared, bloomed exuberantly around and over the old mulberry stump. Right: The spidery blooms of witch hazel appear in late October, lighting up the woods as autumn’s foliage fades.

Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain Garden: Flexibility Pays Dividends

In what might be called the “garden whisperer” approach, there’s much to be said for letting the plants have a role in the plans. more »

Aug 14, 2014 Mountain Garden

The white flowers, clumped along the stem, are easy to miss. They expand into clusters of spiky scarlet seedpods containing ricin-laced “beans.”

Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain Garden: Holy Moly! It’s a Castor Oil Plant

The plant’s poisonous seeds don’t preclude growing “something out of maurice sendak’s imagination.” more »

Jul 1, 2014 Mountain Garden

Worth the wait: A passed-along rhizome produced just leaves for several years. Then this.

Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain Garden: Irresistable Irises

Easy to grow, easy to keep and easy to look at, bearded irises have a long history of beauty. more »

Apr 17, 2014 Mountain Garden (2 Comments)

25 Garden Tips for July-October

From assessing (don’t plant too closely) to zucchini (don’t let them get as big as ball bats), here’s how to grow better. more »

Jul 1, 2013 Mountain Garden

Restoring a Neglected Flower Garden: Learning from Mistakes

Two butterfly gardening neophytes pass on six valuable lessons drawn from experience. more »

May 1, 2013 Mountain Garden

Asparagus, ramps and morels find a glorious combination with butter, eggs and cheese.

Ginny Neil

First Taste of Spring

Ramps are first. Then morels, followed by asparagus. Here’s how to take gustatory advantage of the early trio. more »

Mar 1, 2013 Mountain Garden

Jalapenos at a farmer’s market.

Elizabeth Hunter

Jalapeno Peppers: Pick a Peck – or More

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? —Mother Goose Rhyme/tongue-twister more »

Jan 1, 2013 Mountain Garden

The Great Container Gardening Experiment

A combination of relentless critter attacks and sustained weather extremes leads to . . . a $50 salad! And to other rewards as well, including plans for next growing season. more »

Nov 1, 2012 Mountain Garden

Anemones: A Look of Spring in the Fall

Who, especially in an area surrounded by woods, could resist a shade-loving fall-flowering plant that looks like spring? more »

Sep 1, 2012 Mountain Garden

Practical Paths: Make Them in a Morning

One of my goals as a gardener is to find long-term solutions to perennial problems. more »

Jun 1, 2012 Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Fabulous Foxgloves

Not only do they thrive in shade, they self-seed, require little care and are attractors of hummingbirds. more »

Apr 2, 2012 Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Airy Astilbe

A neglected spot and its nearly forgotten planting provide a delightful lesson in delayed gratification. more »

Feb 22, 2012 Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Why Garden?

It’s not just for sustenance, but too for exercise, drinking in life and beauty, and maintaining humility. more »

Dec 1, 2011 Mountain Garden

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