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Eileens 2022 December version of her hibiscus. Blogfinger photo.

This 6 year old hibiscus is currently making believe that it is in the tropics while sitting at a sunny window in our living room.  12/26/22. Blogfinger photo.

 

Eileen Goldfinger tends her OG garden in September. She ran the 1st annual Blogfinger People’s Garden tour in 2014. The rainbow was a surprise.

 

 

By Eileen Goldfinger, Food and home editor @Blogfinger  and Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger. 2013 re-post:

Eileen usually has flowering hibiscus plants in our Ocean Grove garden, and they always have beautiful blooms.  But this year we decided to bring one of those plants into the house to see if we can enjoy the flowers during the winter.

Last week Eileen brought one in and she placed it in a sunny window facing west.  After about one week, two flowers appeared.  We had read about how to do this, but we decided to consult with a person who lives in Ocean Grove and is a real expert regarding gardening, and, in particular ,  gardening at the Jersey Shore.

Pegi Ballister-Howells of Ocean Grove---gardening expert, author and talk show host. Photo supplied by Pegi.

Pegi Ballister-Howells of Ocean Grove—gardening expert, author and talk show host. Photo supplied by Pegi.

Pegi Ballister-Howells has just celebrated over thirty years of her Sunday morning (8:00-10:00)  call-in radio show “The Garden Show ” which is on WCTC -AM  out of New Brunswick. It also can be heard online at WCTCam.com.

She is the author of several books on the subject including “The New Jersey Gardener’s Guide” which has a chapter on gardening at the shore.  Pegi says that there are some unique differences when considering shore gardens, so we hope to learn more about that from her in the future. Her books are available online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Pegi and her husband Tom have a home on Mt. Carmel Way  (it is the former location of the Ocean Grove Women’s Club) and they have a  farm in Neptune Township.   She was very kind to help us with our topic today regarding the hibiscus.

The hibiscus is a tropical plant which can be brought in for the winter, provided it doesn’t freeze to death before you do so.  Last week we had, according to Pegi, a “hard frost” in the Grove, but many of her plants did survive including begonias and zinnias.  Many homeowners who have hibiscus in their gardens simply buy new plants each spring, but that can be expensive.  If you bring them into the house, you can pinch off the buds and place the plant in a cold environment such as a garage just to let it go dormant and keep it alive till spring and save money.  But the plant has to live in a pot

Or, you can bring it in to enjoy the blooms, even though that might weaken the plant for the spring. The hibiscus must be placed in a sunny window.  Don’t water it too much—“keep it on the dry side.” If it is near a source of heat such as a radiator, you might have to water it more often. Pegi says, “Do not fertilize it during the winter.”

If the plant gets some yellow leaves, “pluck them off.”  In the spring you can then buy new plants or cut back the winter plant, put back into the garden and fertilize.

We hope to interview Pegi subsequently about her background and her remarkable run as a talk show host for over 25 years.

 

2022 addendum:   Eileen brought in her 6 year old  hibiscus this fall before it got cold.  She has brought it in each autumn.    This plant is always living in a large pot in our garden or in a sunny west side window sill in our living room.  In the spring she prunes the roots and some of the foliage.

In the house she waters gently, and currently, at Christmas, it  produces 3-4 blossoms at a time.  The plant is like a member of the family This time of year she feeds it latkes.

 

BLOSSOM DEARIE: (A great name for a gardening vocalist.)

 

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Fertility god. A replica from a Hindu temple in central Java before the Islamic era. Photographed at the Naples Botanical Gardens by Eileen Goldfinger

Fertility god. A replica from a Hindu temple in central Java before the Islamic era. Photographed at the Naples Botanical  Garden  by Eileen Goldfinger. ©

YUNA —— from the soundtrack to the film Savages

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Honeysuckle and Roses

 

 

Honeysuckle. It needs sun, but this one has done well in partly sunny area. Fragrant. Eileen Goldfinger photo in her garden. 2013

Honeysuckle. It needs sun, but this one has done well in a partly sunny area. Fragrant. Photo by Eileen Goldfinger in her OG garden. 2013

 

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO WITH ISABELLE FONTAINE.  Perhaps you were expecting “Honeysuckle Rose,” a jazz favorite.

Instead, though, we have a different kind of rose for you.  It is “Roses of Picardy” sung in French by Isabelle Fontaine.

Picardy is in northern France, and the song is vintage WWI.

 

“Roses are shining in Picardy,

In the hush of the silver dew,

Roses are flow’ring in Picardy,

But there’s never a rose like you!

And the roses will die with the summertime,

And our roads may be far apart,

But there’s one rose that dies not in Picardy,

‘Tis the rose that I keep in my heart”

 

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New York Avenue, May 2009. Paul Goldfinger photo

New York Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ, May, 2009. Paul Goldfinger photo

ANNETTE HANSHAW.   “Ho Hum” from The Girl Next Door    (1930)

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