April 28, 2015
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.
April 24, 2015
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
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
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
The North American continent is blessed with perhaps the greatest diversity of herbaceous flowering plants of any place in the known world.
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
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.
Once the temperature in the hotbed settled at approximately 110n degrees … Continue Reading »