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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

April 14, 2015

From the Garden: A Time for Tulips

Zomerschoon tulip

We have now reached that glorious time of the year when the tulips are at their full magnificence.

This exotic beauty from the far away Pamirs where China, Tibet, Russia and Afghanastan all meet in the Tien Shan Mountains was first brought back to the west by Turkish nomads who peopled the Asian … Continue Reading »

April 8, 2015

From the Garden: A Season for Transplants

Cabbages the proper size for transplanting

The cabbages started in the January hotbed are now ready for transplantation.

We wait only for the proper conditions for their removal or what the ancient gardeners refer to as “dripping weather.”

It is fool hardy to attempt the operation in hot or windy weather as the transplants are sure … Continue Reading »

April 2, 2015

From the Garden: A Great Device

The North American continent is blessed with perhaps the greatest diversity of herbaceous flowering plants of any place in the known world.

Sharpened Locust poles

Poles driven amongst the still dormant plants

In particular, there is an almost incalculable variety of yellow ray flowers. Many of these plants grow quite large in their natural … Continue Reading »

March 25, 2015

From the Garden: A Spring Hotbed

We gathered the dung for the second hotbed over the last week, throwing it up in a pile to heat and after a single turning it proved so abundantly steamy we were able to load the hotbed just four days later.

Loading the hotbed

Once the temperature in the hotbed settled at approximately 110n degrees … Continue Reading »

March 17, 2015

From the Garden: Of Maples and Dogwoods

After a remarkably cool season a walk about town yet reveals the burgeoning buds of spring.

Red maple flowers

Of the two species of maple in Williamsburg the red maples are the first to bloom. John Bricklell, M.D. described the two types in The Natural History of North-Carolina published in Dublin in the year 1737 … Continue Reading »

March 10, 2015

From the Garden: Broccoli and Cardoon Uncovered

We have experienced an unusual amount of snow this month and it has only been within the last several days that the snow has subsided to a degree that we might determine what has survived and what has perished or is so severely injured that the only recourse is removal.

Prior to the last snow the … Continue Reading »