Read Dr. Jared’s travelogue from a trip to western Michigan to visit a vineyard, a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard, and more.Read More
What is it that makes gardens like the Lurie so alluring? Dr. Jared reflects on this incredible naturalistic planting from the Perennial Plant Association Symposium earlier this summer.Read More
Dr. Jared celebrates a recent rain, discusses sowing Hymenocallis seed, and writes about encountering Liatris aspera in his garden and the wild.Read More
Dr. Jared reflects on his visit to Northwind Perennial Farm and the wisdom Roy Diblik shared about perennial plantings.Read More
As part of the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 symposium, Dr. Jared visits Intrinsic Perennial Gardens.Read More
Pack your sunscreen! Dr. Jared reflects on a late July trip to Joshua Tree National Park.Read More
Dr. Jared installs pot hangers at his house for some terra cotta flair.Read More
Dr. Jared visited the incredible crevice garden at Juniper Level Botanic Garden.Read More
I’ve struggled in the past with growing bell peppers that would perform well and produce decent sized fruit. This year, I’ve had incredible success with ‘Antebellum’.
I saw them promoted as a good variety for the southeast in the Twilley seed catalog back in the winter and decided to give them a try. We returned home to find the plants loaded with fruit. Just this week I picked 22 bells off 18 plants, and there are more coming. The fruit are supermarket sized and have that nice bell pepper crunch. From what I understand, this variety was developed for green peppers; therefore, don’t wait for them to blush. I haven’t seen any issues with blossom end rot or pests yet, but of course, those conditions can vary year to year.
Now to find new recipes for stuffed bell peppers, and delicious ones that we can freeze to boot!
The monocot garden at the JC Raulston Arboretum looked spectacular during my recent visit to Raleigh. It was in its youth when I left grad school in late 2013, and I haven’t seen it mature and at the height of summer since. The garden focuses on the evolutionary branch of plants that share a few characteristics, most notably the one (mono-) seed leaf (-cotyledon) on the seedling that gives rise to the name monocotyledon or monocot for short.
The texture of the garden was very palatable and created a vibrant energy, perhaps because of the tropical feel. The more I thought about it, monocots have some plants with the largest foliage (think bananas, palms, and agaves) and the thinnest leaves (think grasses, sedges, and rushes) for our gardens. Thus, by just pairing plants based on their lineage can create grand textural differences.
Tim Alderton, the research technician at the JC Raulston Arboretum, caught up with me right as I was wrapping up my walk through the beds, and he commented that because this garden way back in the corner of the arboretum, many visitors don’t see it. But, I did, and I encourage you to seek it out the next time you’re there, too. Or, just check out the photos below if it’s too far!