I want a love that doesn’t last.

In my twenties, Stella D’Oro day lilies, became all the rage. Compact, and dense, they offer low clusters of foliage covered with small golden-yellow flowers. Even better, unlike any other daylily on the market at the time, they flowered continuously, almost all summer long. In my thirties I watched the ascendence of […]

Paper lanterns.

Physalis is one of my favorite genera of plants. Not aesthetically or even culinarily, but because of it’s family relations. Physalis philadelphica, also known as the tomatillo, is a close relative of Physalis alkekengi, those bright orange Chinese lantern plants that fill gardens and vases each fall. “But wait,” you’re thinking, “isn’t […]

Watermelon is not a very good vegetable.

Remember when you discovered that tomatoes are a fruit? You were five, maybe six, and so proud of this strange, new fact that you proudly, hands-on-hips, told anyone who would listen. Your kindergarten classmates responded with doubt and disbelief followed by acceptance and awe, running off to spread the gospel. […]