Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’

Little Suzy Black-eyed Susan

1 gallon size

Celebrate the Summer Solstice by adding perennial sunshine to your landscape! This compact and free-flowering Black Eyed Susan, Viette’s Little Suzy, produces an abundance of golden-yellow, dark eyed daisies from summer through fall. It is an easy choice for the front of the garden as well as in containers.   The blooms attract pollinators and seed heads provide food for songbirds in winter.

Height: 12 – 18″; Width: 18 – 24″. Prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well drained soil.

Strawberry Shortcake Fool

For this cross between a tart, a trifle and a fool,
the baked pastry is broken into shards and layered 
with the whipped cream and the strawberries in 
coupes.  Extra pastry can be frozen in individual 
balls for later use or rolled out to make cookies.

Serves Two

Pate Sablee ~
1 c unsalted butter
3/4 c confectioners' sugar
2 egg yolks
1 drop vanilla extract
2 c flour
a little salt 

Allow butter to soften in large bowl. Work in 
the sugar then stir in yolks and vanilla. Add a 
little salt. Gradually add flour until you have 
a ball of pastry. Divide in quarters, wrap in 
parchment paper. Refrigerate the amount you are 
using for one hour. Freeze the rest.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out pastry on 
lightly floured surface until it is about 1/16" 
thick.  Press out several 3" discs with a 
pastry cutter. Place on prepared baking sheet 
and bake until the pastry is golden, about 8 
minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  

Strawberries ~
Rinse, hull and gently dry 1 cup strawberries.  
Mash 1/2 the berries with 1 tablespoon of sugar 
and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Cut the 
rest of berries in half and add them to the 
sauce.  Chill for an hour or two.

Whipped Cream ~
Whip 2/3 cup whipping cream with 2 teaspoons of 
superfine sugar.

Just before serving, break 3 of the pastry 
cookies gently into large-ish pieces.  In coupes, 
layer the cookies with the whipped cream and 
strawberries.  Serve at once.


Photo credit: Elise Bauer
Serves 4

Chopped chives are a mandatory garnish for this
delectable soup!

6 to 8 leeks
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Medium potatoes, peeled, sliced thin
4 Cups hot vegetable or chicken broth
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
2/3 Cup cream
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Chopped chives

Prepare the leeks by cutting the tops off
where they begin to turn green. Slit each
down the middle from the cut end to just
above the root end. Wash in cold water,
rinse and dry. Slice the leeks crosswise
very thinly.

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium
heat. Add the sliced leeks. Cover and let
the leeks sweat over gentle heat for 5 minutes.
Uncover and cook 5 minutes longer until the
leeks are softened. Add the potato slices and
stock. Bring to a simmer. Cook until the
potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add salt
and pepper as needed. Cool the soup a little
then blend in batches until very fine. Strain
into a deep bowl. Add the cream, stir very
well and add the lemon juice.

Chill to serve cold or re-heat to serve hot.
Top with freshly chopped chives.

Baptisia australis ~ Blue Wild Indigo

Photo credit: Prairie Moon Nursery

1 gallon size $14.00

Blue Wild Indigo has masses of beautiful spikes of indigo pea-like flowers from mid spring to early summer and are excellent for cutting.  Its round leaves are lime green in spring and turn olive green throughout the season.  Blue Wild Indigo grows 3 – 4′ tall at maturity and spreads 3′ wide.  This plant does best in full sun to partial shade and is an ideal choice for a low-water garden.

Fava Bean Leaf and Pea Shoot Salad

Serves Four

5 cups loosely packed, mixed fava bean and pea
leaves, tender tips only

For the Lemon Vinaigrette

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon cream
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Make the vinaigrette:  Shake the lemon juice,
cream, salt and sugar in a jar or whisk in a bowl
until the sugar and salt have dissolved.  Whisk in
the oil until emulsified.

Toss the greens with the dressing at the very last
minute, and plate.


Makes One Drink

3 ounces (6 Tablespoons) good tequila
1 lemon freshly squeezed
1/2 ounce (1 Tablespoon) maple syrup

Shake in a martini shaker with lots of ice.
Strain and pour into a coupe.
It will be deep golden and match the twilight.

Project Spotlight: Tiny Yards, Big Solutions

Beaverdale homes are known for their charm and their yards are no exception. As I stepped foot in this backyard last spring, I was in love with this quaint and cozy space. The yard had some great features with its charming garden shed, patio spaces, and whimsical art. With another growing season on the horizon, our clients had some current concerns with the landscape they wanted to address.

1. They had recently lost a tree next to the driveway and wanted to incorporate another one for additional shade from the west sun on the patio space.
2. With the maturing maple tree, the grass was having a tough time establishing in this area.
3. With the excessive root structure of the maple tree, it was a struggle to grow any plant material below.

1. We expanded the garden bed by the driveway to allow for a newly planted Japanese Maple tree and positioned it closer to the patio to provide shade from the afternoon sun. We accompanied the tree with ‘Limetta’ hydrangea. These will add lime green blooms to the garden in mid summer.
2. With the constant struggle of the grass trying to grow under the dense canopy of the maple tree, we decided to remove it and add in a limestone flagstone path connecting the garage to the garden shed. We softened the stone with a shade loving vinca groundcover. This will fill in to form a solid green carpet and have a periwinkle bloom in the spring.
3. The roots under the maple tree made it very difficult to grow any plant material. Instead of just adding more mulch, we created the look of a meandering stream by using blue trap rock and Mexican beach pebbles. This also brightens up the shady spot.

Urban Apples

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‘Tangy Green’ Urban Apple2-3′ Wide & 8-12′ Tall
Full Size Fruit
Zone 4-6
Ripens Mid-September
Pollinates well with ‘Blushing Delight’ Urban Apple
Lime Green Fruit
Tangy & Crisp

‘Blushing Delight’ Urban Apple2-3′ Wide & 8-12′ Tall
Full Size Fruit
Zone 4-6
Ripens Mid-September
Pollinates well with ‘Tangy Green’ Urban Apple
Green/Blush Red Fruit
Light, Sweet Flavor