Monthly Archives: June 2011

Serenity for Summer at a Local Spot

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

After our Green Drinks event on the South River at Historic London Town and Gardens, the “shining jewel’’ adjective stayed with me. Whether you go with a …

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Hetz Midget Arborvitae

Photos by:  Melanie McCabe

Homestead Growers Special Garden Club Price*:
‘Hetz Midget’ Arborvitae  in 3 gallon pots
50% Off (reg. $39.99 each) through July 7, 2011

*Garden Club Members eligible for …

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A Garden for Butterflies

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

With their brightly-hued fluttering wings, butterflies provide a beautiful dimension of movement, color and life to any garden.

As advanced insects, butterflies …

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Native Perennials that are Great in the Garden

I roamed the perennial aisles at Homestead the other day with Laurie Burr, a volunteer with the National Wildlife Federation, as she pointed out the native plants.  There were lots of them, so this is …

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Spicing up the Veg Garden with Annuals

I’ll confess, I’m a recent convert to growing herbs and vegetables, having climbed on the bandwagon just two seasons ago.  And I’m still pretty half-hearted about it, converting exactly none of …

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Fire It Up for the Fourth!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

 

 

Menu

Spicy Sliders with Curry Ketchup

Barbecue Beans with Bacon

Sweet Cherry Almond Shortcakes

Yeow..it’s a tasty Fourth plus the sliders are from …

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Nandina ‘Domestica’ & ‘Gulfstream’

Photos by:  Melanie McCabe

Homestead Growers Special Garden Club Price*:
Nandina ‘Domestica’ & “Gulfstream’
50% Off (reg. $39.99 each) through June 30, 2011

*Garden Club Members eligible for special pricing

Nandina …

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Building a Paradise for Birds

Photos by: Melanie McCabe
Native or indigenous plants provide seasonal habitat benefits to wildlife that non-native plants cannot. An added bonus to native plants is that they adapt well to drought and …

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Kudos to American Horticultural Society’s Book Award Winners!

We’ve shown off the fabulous gardens of River Farm, headquarters of the American Horticultural Societyhere and here – but it’s time to celebrate something else about that august organization – …

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Favorite groundcovers for shade

As promised, here are perennial expert Lisa Winters’s favorite groundcovers for shade, as revealed during our recent Perennial Affair.  (And here’s the link to her favorites for sun.) :

Below are two terrific …

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Fresh From the June Garden and Farm

Thursday:Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

On a stunning day in early mid-June, I started thinking which week of spring, summer, fall I would pick as the harvest favorite. That’s a tough …

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Moonlight Gardening

Written by: Tim Hamilton | Photography by: Melanie McCabe

Are you someone who rises before the sun to join the long string of headlights along the highway and then wind your …

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What’s blooming in my garden

Today we’re observing the gardenblogging phenomenon known as Garden Blogger Bloom Day, when bloggers show off their blooms on the 15th of each month.  (Then they leave the link here …

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Favorite groundcovers for sun

Groundcovers are a tricky plant group to get right – they seem to either spread too quickly or too slowly – and so few of them are evergreen.  No wonder we see the same three …

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Fire It Up For Father’s Day!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

The Grassfed Gourmet Fires It Up!-now at Homestead Gardens. A lot of people have asked where they can buy The Grassfed Gourmet Fires …

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Heat-Loving Perennials

Written by : Ann-Marie Sedor | Photography by:  Melanie McCabe

Like people, many favorite plants wither and fade during the dog days of summer. But fear not, some perennials actually embrace …

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Lisa’s favorite drought-tolerant perennials

In our last installment of blog stories about drought-tolerant perennials (previously here and here), this time I’m featuring the favorites of Homestead perennials specialist and Anne Arundel County Master Gardener Lisa Winters.  Lisa …

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Hotter than normal spring creates problems for plants

by Gene Sumi

I have just finished reading the weekly report on plant and pest activity in Maryland from the University of Maryland Extension, and read their first comment about the recent hot weather.  …

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Illustrated Guide to the Perennial Affair – Next Weekend

I’ve recently enlarged all my garden borders, so I need more perennials.  But that’s not the only reason I’m psyched about the Perennial Affair event coming up June 11 and 12 – …

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Living the Lush Life

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

Houseplants are often relegated to wallflower status as simple flushes of greenery that fill empty corners of our indoor living areas. But …

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