Keeping Lettuce & Greens Fresh

Nothing is more disheartening than opening the fridge and finding slimy wilted lettuce. While I rather make it a great addition to my meal, at least it will be to the compost pile! This has happened often in my refrigerator. At my grocery you can find heads of lettuce and plenty of packaged lettuces in bagsContinue reading “Keeping Lettuce & Greens Fresh”

Dicentra: Native ‘Bleeding Heart’

In the spring we often see the plants commonly called Bleeding Hearts in our Kentucky landscape. The common ones we see at a lot plant nurseries are a type from China called, Lamprocapnos spectabilis, so they aren’t even in the genus Dicentra. However, there are a few types of Dicentra Bleeding Hearts native to Kentucky! TheContinue reading “Dicentra: Native ‘Bleeding Heart’”

Falling Leaves of Fall

Fall means a variety of things to a variety of people. Fall can mean chilly nights by an outdoor fire, pumpkin and apple picking, sweaters, corduroys, fixing soup for dinner, hot cider, and beautiful autumnal colors in rich reds, golds, browns. Or for some, it can mean long afternoons of getting all those leaves off the lawn,Continue reading “Falling Leaves of Fall”

Blazing Star (Liatris)

  One of my favorite perennials is the Blazing Star, or commonly referred to as ‘Liatris’ as its latin name. It is also called Gay Feather as I’ve seen large nursery companies refer it to. There are a lot of varieties of Blazing Stars, about 30 total, but overall they have many similar characteristics. TheyContinue reading “Blazing Star (Liatris)”

Serviceberry (Amelanchier): Spring Flowering Tree

The Serviceberry (or sarvicebarry) is a beautiful flowering small tree or large shrub native to Kentucky and appear in other parts US. It is called serviceberry because about the time the fruit comes out, the waters of the creeks are warm enough to be baptized in. The genus Amelanchier, has several varieties. There is theContinue reading “Serviceberry (Amelanchier): Spring Flowering Tree”