New England

July, 2007
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Rose Butter
Since when does butter make a decorative statement? When you add rose petals. Soften a stick of butter at room temperature. Snip petals only from roses that have been grown organically, chop them up, and mash them into the butter. Form the butter into a ball and let it harden in the refrigerator. Serve it with bisquits or rolls. In general, the more fragrant the rose, the tastier the petals.

Favorite or New Plant

Thalictrum
The tallest and smallest plants in my garden are in the Thalictrum family. Both have the same blue-green lacy leaves, but there the similarity ends. Thalictrum 'Elin' towers at 8 feet, and the airy lavender flowers loosely borne on tall stalks bloom for a few weeks in midsummer. The low-growing Thalictrum kiusianum tops out at about 6 inches, and the star-like, pinkish purple flowers form a mound above the foliage all summer long. It even flowers in partial shade.

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