October 21, 2014
It is in the middle of October that we plant our garlic and shallots which is true for most all of the North American colonies.
Garlic has a long usage as a medicinal plant but was seldom used in America as a culinary spice until relatively recently.
As late as 1851 Peter …
October 14, 2014
Asters are one of the true stalwarts of the autumn garden.
Generally known as Starworts to colonial botanists and plant collector’s there are now 36 species and several varieties of this versatile genus recognized in the state of Virginia.
From the colonial period to relatively recently the entire genus was …
October 7, 2014
We have had some violent wind recently which is always a nuisance but not entirely unexpected at this time of year.
Several of the Castor Bean plants (which have soared to nearly 20’ tall!) were blown over onto the asparagus bed. After removing the fallen plants, we have been …
October 1, 2014
We are now enjoying a profusion of peppers.
This year we grew four types, two mild and two hot. Of the mild, the Bullnose pepper is a very old bell pepper variety. It is not as sweet as its modern descendants but is a reliable producer of large fruit.
For those, such as myself, …
September 23, 2014
We are now in the midst of the autumn bulb season. This often comes as a surprise to our visitors who associate such floral extravagances with the spring season.
There a several species of crocus, including the much coveted saffron crocus, that bloom in the fall and several other crocus-like bulbs that grace …
September 22, 2014
The deciduous denizens of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area are no slouches when it comes to the flaming colors of a classic autumn. Manager of Landscape Services Laura Viancour says trees are chosen with an eye toward fall color, but their year-long care is more complex than you might imagine.
Take the Tall Treasures …