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Isaac’s Café Specials – January 4-8, 2016

1-4-16 Special

Josephine Nuese, author of “The Country Garden,” said, “ Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.”  This is so true!  Every time I meet with Cole Alexander, Bernheim’s Edible Garden steward to plan and, yes, DREAM of what will be … [Read more]

A Warm December: What Does it Mean for Spring?

Autumnalis Cherry, December 30, 2015

Many of you may have noticed the spring like landscape at Bernheim or in your neighborhood in the last few weeks. The early blooms are not that harmful to our plants overall. Many of our trees and shrubs are still dormant and our return to colder temperatures this week should keep further blooms from coming on too early. We may see some diminished … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Woodland Ornaments

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Walks in the woods can be gifts that keep on giving.  I often find clues in one season that help me make discoveries in another. For instance, just a few months ago I came across this low growing vine with heart shaped leaves, most of which were arranged in several whorls of three around the plant's stem. The small greenish yellow flowers were not … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Season’s Greetings

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Regardless of the season, Christmas ferns (Polystichum arotichoides) are a gift of green. Aptly named with their stocking shaped pinnae (leaf like structures) that make up each frond. Christmas ferns brighten the forest floor with their perennial splash of color. Although visible at Bernheim year round, these ferns are particularly noticeable … [Read more]

Gifts of the Winter Garden

gifts from the winter garden

It was December 11th and I was walking back to Isaac’s Café from the Edible Garden with a basket full of green and purple cabbage, butter lettuce, kale, carrots and several varieties of fresh herbs including parsley, sage and fragrant cilantro. The wheels were turning as I was imagining just what I could make with this bounty. I thought to myself, … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Imaginings

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There's something about the starkness of the winter landscape -- the muted colors, the openness of the forest, the negative spaces created by the bare branches of trees that sets my imagination on a whirling dance. Maybe it's because I'm a lover of greenness, and the lack of it makes my mind play games with me. Or perhaps it's my eyes playing games … [Read more]