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Charlemont, MA
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July is daylily month, but with 70,000+ varieties, it's easy to find those that bloom in August while others bloom in and through September. Here are a few that continue to splash color around our garden. In late September "Vermont River Promenade" is still going strong. So is "Lavender Curls.*... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Beauty meet beauty: a monarch butterfly rests on Real Wind, one of our most vibrant daylilies. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
When I was in 7th grade, my home-ec teacher told us we should always crack eggs into a cup before adding them to a recipe because one might be rotten and that would spoil the whole recipe. My mother never did this, so I never followed this advice. I supposed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Strawberry Candy is really strawberry this year! And prolific. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Apart from a few mutterings from Stella d'oro, Blueberry Breakfast was the first to bloom this year (June 16). It didn't bloom until mid-July last year. Go figure! Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Steven Sternbach is a freelance photographer and designer based in Charlemont [Western] Massachusetts. His career began in the 1980’s when he started work as a darkroom technician in Boston and continued through residencies in Hawaii and Japan. Back in Boston from 1993 to 2015, his work was featured in exhibits... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Steven Sternbach Photography
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The moon still showed above the house across the street. A light snow had fallen on Christmas Eve, and heading toward the covered bridge was pure Currier & Ives. Large gray clouds tinged with pink moved slowly across the sky. Up at the fairgrounds the sun rose over the eastern mountains, streaking the clouds in front with coral and gold. Silhouettes of bare trees stood before them, creating broad stripes of luminous color that alternated with black. A fox had been foraging before dawn and dropped a piece of her Christmas dinner for Pepper to find and carry home. By... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Mill Brook House News
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Daylilies, in fact all lilies, originated in China, so it is not surprising to find one on a centuries-old Chinese fan. This fan is currently on display in the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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"Real Wind" Oct. 4, 2018 Daylilies still booming in October don't always have the same full, vibrant blooms they had in the summer, but Real Wind said good-bye with this muted but absolutely perfect blossom on October 4. She had been blooming since July 10, a record 11 weeks! Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Spiders, it turns out, like daylilies, too. Black and yellow spiders, in particular, seek out gardens, and this beauty has taken up residence in the daylilies. Black and yellow spiders come to our attention mainly in August. They build webs with a reinforced section down the middle that looks like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Be kind to these guys (above) because they turn into these guys... Swallowtail larvae love parsley and, if you grow parsley, will eat it to the ground. Solution: plant a special parsley bed away from the one you use for your kitchen and gently place any swallowtail larvae you find in the wrong patch onto the parsley in their designated patch. (They also love dill...) Currently there are five swallowtail caterpillars in this particular patch. Two are visible in the photo. They are as beautiful as the butterflies they turn into, but a lot more destructive! Be a good neighbor... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Mill Brook House News
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To prepare: Fry out ½ lb. ground pork or turkey. Slice c. 1.5 lbs Japanese eggplant diagonally. Crush 2 cloves garlic, mince 4 slices of ginger (c. 2 T), chop 1 scallion, and crumble 2 dried red chili peppers on top. Set aside. Mix together: 2T Chinese brown bean paste,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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All through April it snowed, and, lacking green grass, the deer occasionally munched on the daylilies. Some, like Preppy Pink, were pretty badly damaged, but Preppy Pink fought back. Even though it was scheduled to bloom in July, it sent up very short scapes already in June, and they bloomed,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Victoria Elizabeth Barnes first bloomed on June 19. The stella d'oro started blooming weeks ago, but, apart from those, Victoria Elizabeth Barnes is my first one out this season. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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This is a popular Christmas cookie in Germany. It’s easy to make and, with no added fat, will keep throughout the Christmas season. 250 grams ground hazelnuts or 2 cups whole, roasted and blanched hazelnuts. 4 egg whites ½ cup sugar whole hazelnuts for decorating If using whole hazelnuts,* chop... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Look what was still blooming, re-blooming, or newly blooming in mid-September: Who knew Yellow Ruffles* was a rebloomer? Red Rover* starts in late July. Victoria Elizabeth Barnes Little Jester* starts in August. Real Wind Lavender Curls* starts in August. The incredibly sturdy Royal Red Preppy Pink--this sweetie was a freebie!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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As daylily season peaks , close to 30 daylilies are in bloom at Mill Brook House. Here are some of them. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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Five different day lilies are blooming this week: The faithful stella d'oro Severely yellow (DL-2) Deep purple (DL-1) Intense peach (DL-3) Double orange (DL-10) These daylilies are for sale at Mill Brook House (Charlemont, MA) @ $5 ea. while supplies last. One free stella d’oro or DL-16 with each purchase... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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This comfort food from France is easy to make. It can be served for breakfast (or breakfast-like dinners) or you can add more sugar, make it in a pie pan and serve it for dessert. Cherry Clafouti 4 eggs 2-3 T sugar 1 t vanilla 2 cups whole milk or... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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The Greenfield Recorder celebrated daylilies on Mother's Day weekend (Download Greenfield_Recorder_20170513_C08_1), along with three other species of flowers that were brought to Europe from Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. (Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke offers considerable detail on how this was done.) Our gardening columnist Pat Leuchtman also... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Mill Brook House Daylilies
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This delightful harvest soup will dress up a dinner party or warm up a cold winter night. It can be vegan if made with vegetable broth. Butternut Squash Soup with Curry 2 T olive oil 2 large onions, chopped 2 t curry powder 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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Dec 25, 2016
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This childhood favorite may derive from the Hudson River Valley, where my mother grew up. While acquaintances in both the Midwest and East Coast are invariably unfamiliar with it, our friends in Western Massachusetts nod knowingly when presented with a loaf. (Anyone with more information on the origins of this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Mill Brook House Recipes
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I used to think that making a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin would entail a huge amount of work and maybe not taste all that good. Wrong on both counts! After Libby’s pumpkin crop failed several years ago and the cost of canned pumpkin went sky-high, I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Mill Brook House Recipes