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Some Heirloom Cucumbers

This season I grew several heirloom cucumbers.  All of them are open pollinated so seed can be saved and planted next year.  The first of my cucumbers to ripen was ‘Boothby’s Blond’ (top photo) a variety handed down over generations by the Boothby family in Maine.  378 more words

Antique Plants

Antique Zinnias

The first zinnia species introduced to the United States was Zinnia elegans from Mexico in 1793.  It was a single form; double forms were introduced in 1858.  268 more words

Antique Plants

The Development of the Florist Pansies

Pansies were developed in England in the early 1800s.  One Lady Mary Bennet, the daughter of the Earl of Tankerville made a heart-shaped flower bed in her garden at Walton-On-Thames, Surrey England, about the year 1812.  317 more words

Antique Plants

September Wreath Workshop for Peoria Garden Club

The weather was a temperate 82 degrees with a gentle breeze and sunshine–an idyllic day for a visit to our Farm Grove gardens from the Peoria Garden Club.  230 more words

Cottage Gardening

Old-fashion Cockscomb Celosia

Cockscomb Celosia–the country garden plant that keeps on giving.  I don’t plant celosia–it plants itself.  Each season it drops enough seeds to grow another crop the following summer.  181 more words

Cottage Gardening

The Promise of Pumpkins -- And a New Sale Date!

Fall brings out the passion for all things autumn.  This year I planted pumpkins in any bit of earth I thought had enough sun for them to flourish.  185 more words

Cottage Lifestyle

Pickle Season

Uh oh.  Time for pickles.  I posted this recipe two years ago but I am posting it again because the pickles are so yummy.  If dill pickles are your preference, these may be too sweet for your taste.  174 more words