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Anemones: A Look of Spring in the Fall

Anemones: A Look of Spring in the Fall

Who, especially in an area surrounded by woods, could resist a shade-loving fall-flowering plant that looks like spring?

When my friend Jane Wallace showed me a photograph of her Japanese anemones, I could hardly believe they bloomed in fall. When I think of autumn bloomers, I think of those rampant, raggedy end-of-the-season goldenrods, ironweed, asters and wild sunflowers. The anemones, with their delicate white blooms, looked more like spring wildflowers. Jane’s a magnificent gardener, with growing conditions similar to those I contend with: her gardens spill down a wooded hillside below her house to a river, in Sparta, N.C. Since my north-facing acre consists of a small clearing surrounded by woods, I was only too happy to accept her offer of a start from her Japanese anemones. A shade-loving fall-flowering plant that looks like spring? Who could resist?

 

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 3

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 3

The northern miles of the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway pass through 11 counties, where the food offerings are steeped in traditions as rich and varied as the mountains themselves. Flavors, cooking methods and delicious meals often...

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 2

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 2

The southern-most miles of the Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway provide a wide array of must-tastes. These six stops also offer architecture ranging from a regal 1882 Tudor to an equally classic O’Mahony Diner Company pre-fab diner. The mea...

Fabulous Foxgloves

Fabulous Foxgloves

Not only do they thrive in shade, they self-seed, require little care and are attractors of hummingbirds.

I’ll admit it. I’m always on the lookout for plants that flower in the shade. The trees that surround my little northwest-facing clearing grow ta...

Crooked Road Cuisine: Cottage Cheese Ice Cream

Crooked Road Cuisine: Cottage Cheese Ice Cream What better way to showcase regional culture than through its food? Here at the office, we received a copy of the book “Grazing Along the Crooked Road: Recipes and Stories – Past and Present” by Betty Skeens and Libby Bondurant that does just tha...

Airy Astilbe

Airy Astilbe

A neglected spot and its nearly forgotten planting provide a delightful lesson in delayed gratification.

More than a decade ago I bought a pot of astilbe for my sun-challenged yard, and then – not-very-good-gardener that I then was – planted it haphaz...

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 1

Blue Ridge Parkway Foodie Tour, Part 1

It’s a food lover’s dream come true: Don’t just start south on the  469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Instead, begin at the scenic roadway’s milepost 0 in Afton, Va. equipped with a list of great places to stop for things like a unique bratwurst pizza, so...

Cheesy Comfort: Macaroni and Cheese

Cheesy Comfort: Macaroni and Cheese

I finally have it! The perfect macaroni and cheese recipe. It’s perfectly cheesy. Perfectly creamy. And, well, perfectly delicious.

Baked, I say, is always the way to go when it comes to mac and cheese (although I’ve tasted some yummy slow cooker ve...

Why Garden?

Why Garden?

 

It’s not just for sustenance, but too for exercise, drinking in life and beauty, and maintaining humility.

Why garden? I mean, other than the obvious reason: to put food on the table without going to the store. But gardening, even on a limited basis,...

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