Articles by Janine Pineo

A gray tree frog sits on a shelf on the potting bench in the greenhouse recently set up by the author, Janine Pineo.

A toad by any other name … would be a frog

By Janine Pineo on June 03, 2011, at 1:07 p.m.
A toad rests on the bottom shelf of the potting bench in the new popup greenhouse.

Wildlife a distraction from the lost spring of 2011

By Janine Pineo on May 27, 2011, at 11:43 a.m.
Ellis’ Greenhouse and Nursery in Hudson is one of more than three dozen businesses participating in the second Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day on Saturday. Visit for a complete list.

Gearing up for another growing season

By Janine Pineo on April 28, 2011, at 11:42 p.m.
Hydrangea flowers cascade over the railing at the home of the author's grandmother in Machias.

The gift of gardening: It’s all in the genes

By Janine Pineo on March 25, 2011, at 9:55 a.m.
Three stages of development for Nigella damascena ‘Persian Jewels’ are visible in this September 2010 photo. At lower left is a new bloom, at top center a pollinated blossom that has dropped some of its sepals and whose seedpod is beginning to develop, and at lower right are three seedpods at various stages of maturation.

Dreaming of flowers? It’s time to start planning

By Janine Pineo on Jan. 28, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.

A Christmas carol to span the seasons

By Janine Pineo on Dec. 24, 2010, at 5:13 p.m.
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A trio of 'Heavenly Blue' morning glories brighten a summer day earlier this year.

Glenburn woman’s ‘splash of color’ will be missed

By Janine Pineo on Nov. 26, 2010, at 7:56 p.m.
A beautiful person left this world Sunday. LoAnn Smith was a dear friend and giving soul who always flew to engulf me in a big hug and made me smile and laugh when I saw her every spring on jaunts …
Janine Pineo Photo  A rhododendron blossoms in October in the author's front yard.

Drought only delays growth, blooms

By Janine Pineo on Oct. 29, 2010, at 9:10 p.m.
Drought does funny things to plants. Consider my two rows of potatoes, planted in mid-June, just as the weather was ramping up into its nearly water-free period.
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A bunch of Concord grapes hang from the vine last weekend. It takes about 4 pounds of grapes to make a batch of jelly.

Grape harvest ushers in the end of summer

By Janine Pineo on Sept. 24, 2010, at 7:07 p.m.
If there is one sure sign summer is over, it is when the Concord grapes are ripe. Part of me longs for that day when I can gather a basket of fruit, even as my heart is saddened that another …

‘Heavenly blue’ brings endearing, enduring joy

By Janine Pineo on Aug. 28, 2010, at 1:45 a.m.
The simplest things are, by far, the most endearing and enduring. Little did I know that a few morning glories would turn out to be some of those things. The story begins last year when we …

Book explores plants of Acadia

By Janine Pineo on July 30, 2010, at 6:10 p.m.
Picture yourself in Acadia National Park. Look around and what do you see? The ocean? A pond? Rocks? Plants?

Stranger helps make safe end to nearly disastrous garden trip

By Janine Pineo on June 25, 2010, at 8:10 p.m.
The charge nurse said she could just picture us as old ladies sitting with a cup of tea, recalling the day we went to Vassalboro. And she compared us to Thelma and Louise. And she laughed. A …
A newly planted clump of Rubus odoratus, or flowering raspberry, brightens a shady spot along the edge of the woods.  JANINE PINEO PHOTO

Tending flowering shrubs and cultivating patience

By Janine Pineo on May 28, 2010, at 5:22 p.m.
Seven years I have waited. The first few amounted to biding my time and trimming away the encroaching grass. But the past couple of years, as the stems began to lengthen and arch, I took to …

First greenhouse, nursery day May 1

By Janine Pineo on April 23, 2010, at 5:22 p.m.
A blast of heat and humidity hits you first, then comes the delicate scent of pansies, the warm and spicy tang of herbs or the deep perfume from a table full of heliotrope. Mix that with the …

Despite its Spanish nickname, Zinnias are easy on the eyes

By Janine Pineo on March 26, 2010, at 5:40 p.m.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then one couldn’t fault oneself for proceeding with caution when a flower is called “mal de ojos.”

Discovering folklore of woolly bear caterpillars

By Janine Pineo on Feb. 26, 2010, at 7:42 p.m.

List is long with ways to enjoy all things green

By Janine Pineo on Jan. 29, 2010, at 7:49 p.m.

Holiday homage to pestilence, blight

By Janine Pineo on Dec. 18, 2009, at 4:58 p.m.
Send the kiddies to the root cellar and put on your Grinch pants ’cause it is time once again to lift your voice in joyless refrain for our annual gardening holiday ditty. You and I both …

Long-lived hemlock witness to history

By Janine Pineo on Nov. 27, 2009, at 5:57 p.m.
Before the Revolutionary War. Before the Mayflower weighed anchor. Before Columbus set sail. Way before the Crusades ended. Even before the Magna Carta.
Lingonberries ripen in autumn and are usually not ready to pick before October.

Backyard can produce rare jewel of a crop

By Janine Pineo on Oct. 30, 2009, at 8:09 p.m.
They are small and somewhat pathetic, with not even enough to fill 2 tablespoons. But I rejoiced anyway. The lingonberries have fruit this year.