Long-blooming hydrangeas

Question: I have a hydrangea plant which has gotten too large for its location. Are there hydrangeas which don’t get so large? I cut it back two years ago and it is just as large again now. I have been told there are new varieties which will flower all summer. Will they survive in our climate?

New Bay Sweet Potato Fries

This December 2017 photo shows new bay sweet potato fries. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman (Carrie Crow via AP)

The unmistakable flavor of Old Bay seasoning is the key ingredient in many seafood dishes north, south and west of the Chesapeake Bay, particularly anything to do with crab and crayfish.

Corn spoonbread has a delicious richness

This July 2018 photo shows fresh corn spoonbread in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

The Southern staple known as spoonbread — a particular specialty of Kentucky and Virginia — is a Native American dish adopted early on by America’s earliest European settlers. George Washington happened to be a big fan and often served it up at Mount Vernon, Virginia. I love it because of its puddinglike richness, a creamy, airy cross between cornbread and a souffle. Creating that airiness is a matter of separating the eggs and beating the whites, then folding them into the batter.

Use kale for a variation on pasta with pesto sauce

This undated photo provided by America's Test Kitchen in July 2018 shows pasta with kale and sunflower seed pesto in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the cookbook “Cooking At Home With Bridget And Julia.” (Carl Tremblay/America's Test Kitchen via AP)

Although most people think of pesto as an Italian sauce made with herbs (most famously, basil), many ingredients can be ably featured in a pesto. One of note is kale—leafy and deep green, with an earthy, slightly bitter flavor.

Is your tree too big?

I am often asked to evaluate a situation where homeowners want to drastically reduce the size of a large tree. When I ask them why they want to reduce a mature tree’s size, the response is often “It is just too big. We didn’t realize it was going to get this big when we planted it.” They are often worried about what might happen if the wind blew the tree over.

Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms with marina sauce

This Sunday, July 1, 2018 photo shows stuffed fried zucchini blossoms in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Zucchini are marquee items at your grocery stores right about now, but zucchini blossoms, which are generally not for sale at a standard grocery, are a different story. So this recipe for Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms is aimed at home gardeners, who know two things for sure: First, like caterpillars to a butterfly, zucchini blossoms are the earlier life form of the zucchini squash. Second, they’re delicious.

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