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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

May 5, 2015

From the Garden: Of Oil and Onions

Rapeseed in bloom

With the onset of warmer weather, the garden is making prodigious progress in both flower and leaf. The Rapeseed is near 7 feet tall and is the most asked after plant in the garden this week.  Rape is one of the more ancient forms of that most useful group of plants classed … Continue Reading »

April 28, 2015

From the Garden: Dainty Delights

It has long been customary in Williamsburg to overplant our tulip beds in the fall with species of small, hardy flowering plants that will withstand the rigors of winter to bloom in the spring; first under the tulips and then, when the tulips are exhausted, to succeed them in a glorious ground cover of color.

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April 24, 2015

From the Garden: Silverbells

The Silverbell trees, known to the botanists as Halesia tetraptera, are now in bloom.

This small native tree was first collected in the summer of 1755 by the eminent Scottish physician and naturalist Alexander Garden who Linnaeus has memorialized in the genus name of Gardenia. He lived for many years in the city of … Continue Reading »

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 »