Monthly Archive: January, 2014

A Thistle by Any Other Name is. . . Well. . . an Artichoke

The artichoke is actually a thistle. It grows on a sturdy stem amid deeply cut, silver-green leaves that arch gracefully to give the plant a fountain-like appearance. They open into sumptuous, purple thistle… Continue reading

Oh Ruby, I Hardly Knew You.

When I lived in Oregon, I had a rhubarb plant in my backyard.  She was so beautiful with deep green leaves and bright ruby stalks.  She was really a gorgeous gal.  But, I… Continue reading

From Riches to Ditches: How the Mighty (Rhubarb) Fall

Rhubarb was the plant of Chinese Emperors.  It was also highly prized by Kings and Queens of other countries.  In the 1700’s, China tried to control the trade by forbidding the export of… Continue reading

To Grow, or Not to Grow, Rhubarb: You Gotta Make Her Shiver

Rhubarb is really a beautiful plant, with its lovely red stems and broad leaves.  If you don’t intend to harvest the stems for eating, the plant will send out some spectacular flowers. Rhubarb can… Continue reading

Hey, Let’s Go Plant Some Rhubarb

Where to Plant:  Plant rhubarb in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.  Locate it where it won’t be disturbed because it will be productive for many years. Rhubarb is rather tolerant of soil… Continue reading