…and now for something completely different…
Canoe bow waves are quickly lost
on the shoreside
But go on out of sight
on the lake side.
The constant swish-swish of skis
On a day long ski.
The constant swish-swish of wiper blades
On a day long drive.
My dog, trotting barefoot
Steps on a garden slug
Nothing of it.
Word spreads quickly
as I approach the pond.
All becomes quiet.
Hidden in the vines
a large warted cucumber
jumps out of reach.
of marshmallow snow
on a branch,
await the trigger of my hat
to melt their way down my back.
Deep in the tomato jungle
Fruits of yellow, purple and red
Tell of their readiness
To go to market.
Snowflakes hurry through my flashlight beam,
As my boots knead new snow with spring mud,
On my nightly Hajj to keep the boil alive,
For as long as possible until the dawn,
To match the power of the flowing sap,
With my meager evaporator and will.
The prize at the finish line are jars of syrup
~ Beauty for our yard ~
on the Snakeroot Road in Pittsfield, Maine
3645 Snakeroot Road, Pittsfield ME 04967,
ph (207) 487-5056
Gardeners to the public since 1995.
Click on photos to enlarge.
Our perennials are available at market in May and June, and again in October, or at the farm from April to
All of our perennials are grown from our own seed, divisions or cuttings.
Also see our Fresh Vegetables,
and our Fresh Herbs pages.
Angelica, large clusters of greenish-white blossoms in mid June - mid July. Plant grows to seven feet tall, and dies back by late summer. Mother
plant will drop seeds which develop into an angelica patch—to prevent this remove flowes once they have gone by. Red stalks, green leaves make a dramatic
showing. In the celery family, emerging spring stalks may be cut for celery-like vegetable in May.
Echinacea, purple cone flower. We grow Echinacea Purpurea the variety most commonly used for
Hollyhock, lemon yellow flowers. Related to marshmallow, hollyhock begins flowering it's second
year. Flowering Hollyhocks are about 5-6 feet tall.
Lupines, multcolored flowers from the Russell Strain. Blooms from early June to early July in one
foot flower spikes on 2-4 foot stalks. During blossoming season we offer blooming lupines in pots (left
photo). These one year old plants are dug from our lupine nursery (right photo) in late April and will
continue to blossom for up to ten years, each year producing seeds to expand the patch. Lupines seedlings
begin to blossom starting the second year. More info and more photos of our lupines here.
Marshmallow, white flowers. Related to Hollyhock, the flowers are similar but smaller, and the plant
is just as tall, about 5-6 feet. Altho nowadays marshmallow flavoring is synthetically produced, originally
the flavor came from the long white roots of four or more year old plants. Marshmallow is very hardy, and
altho the tops entirely die back every year, the next year's plants will reliably emerge in mid May. Several
stalks arise from each root; the picture on the right is a single row of plants.
Rhubarb Plants, May through November, altho during the height of the summer season we only
bring them to market upon request. These are two year old rhubarb plants started from seeds from our own rhubarb patch.
Altho rhubarb can be planted from our pots into your garden any time of year, spring and fall
transplantings will allow the rhubarb to acclimate better. You should be able to begin harvesting
rhubarb stalks when they are a half inch wide, which should be beginning about two years after you
plant your patch. Altho a single rhubarb plant will do just fine, having several allows you to
harvest all you want for pies, sauces and freezing.
Red Leaf Rose, pink flowers with single row of petals. Self-supporting vase-shaped bush grows to ten
feet tall. Bush at left is eight years old and is slightly smaller than the lilac next to it.
Tansy, clusters of yellow button-like flowers from July to frost. 3-4 feet tall. Very hardy, often
planted around foundations as decoration and to repel ants. Top tentirely dies back in fall, to resprout in
the spring. Tops may be cut in fall and left piled where a new tansy patch is desired. Slowly spreads via
rhizomes. Will grow in little more than gravel, but also appreciates a good soil and at least a little sun.
More information on Tansy here.
Valerian, white flowers from July to August. Plants grow 5-6 feet tall. Flowers smell like
chocolate. Valerian is very invasive, and once you have one blossoming, you will see others next year anywhere
in the yard. To stop this, cut off flowers as soon as they finish blossoming. Blossoms begin the second year.