Judy Miller

Warm & Wooly

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

The Pasque flower is blooming now and so silky furry that I can't resist petting it when I go by. The huge purple blooms are full of golden stamens and very showy, but it is really the fuzz that attracts me. It reminds me of other furry plants: Clematis' seed heads; the mullein growing around [...]

Honeycrisp Apple, Morello Cherry

– Posted in: Uncategorized

I've looked up Honeycrisp apple in the Nafex archives and found I remembered correctly that it is well thought of by the Nafex folks who do go first for flavor & garden worthiness. They compared it to Macintosh for flavor. There was not much mention of Morello Cherries except that they have great flavor and [...]

Delectable Spring

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

The weather has been perfect lately if you are a duck or a goose (or me!): rainy, cool, soft. Perfect for transplanting roses which are seedlings no longer, for digging new holes for fruit trees, and for digging herbs to propagate. Every night or early morning I wake to the sound of rain, a blessing [...]

Pear & Cherry notes

– Posted in: Fruit

I look at lists of pears in old catalogs or encyclopedias and feel faint with longing. The book 'Pomona's Harvest' will curl your hair with what's been lost. Still, there are lots available and one variety I am intrigued with

More from the Northland

– Posted in: Uncategorized

I visited Bachman's once--the store was bigger than my hometown! When I worked at a nursery in Grand Forks ND, we kept an extensive library of all the handouts from the Minnesota and ND Extension services and the U of M. They were always a resource to us and we gave them to our customers. [...]


– Posted in: Plant info

Radicchios, I just discovered a few years ago, are Winter Hardy Vegetables! (That is a big enough deal here in Z4 to rate caps.) I do nothing to winter them over--this panic covering was because they had only been snoozing over the false winter under their blanket of snow and were now putting out new [...]

The rollercoaster ride continues

– Posted in: Garden chores

Now the NOAA predicts near-zero weather for us in the next few days. I will have to race about covering the radicchios I was admiring yesterday as nearly large enough to start cutting, and the tender nubbins of other things fooled by the early warmth. It has been daily into the 40's: decoy weather. I [...]

Colchicum in suspended animation

– Posted in: Colchicums

It's not that the temperature is that much different--it is that we have sudden huge thaws that uncover what is beneath the snow. The little Colchicum flowered under the snow as the ground hadn't frozen when the snow came and it was good & warm under there--and there is quite a bit of light through [...]

When I read This Green

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When I read This Green World for the first time I kept running outside to check things, and inside to call my Mother to exclaim over what I had just read. That sense of wonder is exactly what I love about this book--and the amazing facts. Then I lent the book to Mom and whenever [...]