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Apr 20, 2018

SingleCut Beersmiths flowers Kim with hibiscus calyces

While the harvested bits are used freshly when available, what we’re most likely going to use in Lancaster is the dried calyx. It can be stored for months, if not years, and can be used for making tea, sauce and even jam.Hibiscus contains high amounts of vitamin C. It also contains bioflavanoids, which pack an antioxidant punch and are are thought to be beneficial for heart health.Hibiscus-infused beers I’ve written about in this column include Jolly Pumpkin’s iO Saison, Sole Artisan Ales’ Gypsy Tears and Isla Brewing Co.’s Jamaica Mi Loco.SingleCut Beersmiths, of Queens, New York, also has dabbled with this floral beauty.The passion at SingleCut is dual: Its two loves are great music and great beer.Music + beer = loveIt has the music part right in its name. A singlecut refers to a style of guitar that has a portion of wood removed from the lower body, allowing for hand movement up the fretboard. The tap handles at SingleCut are variations of guitar necks and heads, and many of the names of beers have musical references.And the bottle of Kim Hibiscus Sour Lager that I’m sharing tasting notes for this week was a beautifully crafted beer brewed in the Berliner Weisse style. If you’ve not yet experienced a Berliner Weisse, find a short primer at bit.ly/LNP_berliner.There are other iterations of Kim using adjuncts like tart cherry, red raspberry and Brettanomyces.Kim with hibiscus poured mostly orange with just a touch of pink when held to the light; the tiniest thread of a white head ringed its way around the edge of the glass and a generous, wheaten haze swelled in its body.The aroma was crisp with SweeTARTS and Nerds, a hibiscus floral tang and sour wineberries warming in late June sunshine.In flavor, tart, cranberrylike hibiscus added a bitter backbone while some brambleberry fruits swirled in with subtle sweetness. Other fruits, such as kiwi and lemon, teased and tickled my taste buds; the body had a wheat softness that faded at the end to a dry and supremely clean finish thanks to the lager yeast.Overall impression: Some Berliner Weisse beers are bracingly sour; not so with Kim. This was an enjoyable, balanced bottle to share, and one I’d buy again.Contact Amber DeGrace with comments and questions at adegrace@lnpnews.com and find her on Twitter at @amberdegrace. .lnp-adblade-wrapper { width: 100%; display: block; } @media (max-width: 600px){ .lnp-adblade-wrapper .adblade-dyna.container-34465 li { width: 50% !important; } } ...

Apr 20, 2018

A super bloom it's not, but wildflowers are popping up in Southern California

Santa Monica Mountains last year.Flowers blanketed the Channel Islands off Ventura. Huge crowds flooded a bright orange poppy preserve near Lancaster, and a San Diego County state park set up a wildflower hotline to field calls.After five years of drought, a wet December 2016 doused Southern California a storm or two at a time — ideal conditions for a super bloom.Super bloom takes over parks: Ventura County super bloom: ’Get out there soon’Rare flower discovered: Biologists find rare flower on Santa Barbara Island“This time last year, I was telling people to get out to see the flowers,” said Joey Algiers, a restoration ecologist with the National Park Service.But then the rain stopped. Ventura County and much of Southern California were on track for one of the driest years on record. That is, until a few weeks ago.March turned out to be much wetter than normal. While it wasn’t a drought-buster, it just might save wildflower season.Watch this 2017 video of the local "super bloom":CLOSE Joseph Algiers, restoration ecologist with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, looks at wildflowers in bloom at La Jolla Canyon Trail at Point Mugu State Park. Algiers said he’s holding out hope for late bloomers and telling people to hang on a little bit longer.“What was looking like a bad year for wildflowers could turn around,” he said.A season of brightly colored f...

Apr 20, 2018

9 favorite new annual plants and flowers for 2018

Local garden centers also stock old favorites along with the new plants.We asked more than 20 garden retailers throughout Lancaster County to share their favorite new plants (new to the market or new to their stores). We’ll start with annuals and perennials. Upcoming stories will focus on vegetables, herbs, trees and shrubs.Senecio Angel WingsOne of the most anticipated annuals is a foliage plant with big, wooly silver-white leaves.The leaves of Senecio Angel Wings are softer than lambs’ ears, says Jennifer Hollenbaugh, greenhouse manager at Esbenshade’s Garden Centers’ Lititz location.“It’s almost irresistible to touch,” she says.This plant’s striking white color is unique, and growers at Newswanger’s Greenhouses, Lititz, and Country View Greenhouse in West Donegal Township say they’re looking forward to adding it to inside and outside containers. +6  Proven WinnersAngelonia Angelface Perfectly Pink and Super BlueAngelonia, or summer snapdragon, takes a little longer than some flowers to start blooming. But when these stalks (18- to 30-inches tall) start blooming, they don’t mind brutal heat or drought, says Jodie Morris, general manager at Stauffers of Kissel Hill Home & Garden. They’re also deer-resistant. Look for Angelface Perfectly Pink or Angelface Super Blue this spring, says Elizabeth Beiler, manager of Peach Lane Greenhouse, in Para...

Sep 8, 2017

How to pick (and arrange) your own bouquet at Lancaster County's flower farms [photos & video]

Drive down a country road in Lancaster County and it’s not uncommon to see bright bouquets of flowers for sale next to fresh produce.At several of these farms, you can be the florist and pick your own bouquet. While some types of flowers already have bloomed and won’t be back until next year, many of these farms will have flowers through October.Old Homestead Farm in Ronks has long raised flowers for bouquets at its farm stand on Hartman Bridge Road and at markets in the Philadelphia suburbs.This year, Jenelle Peters, the farm’s director of sales, moved the flower patch closer to the farm stand and opened it up to the public, which can pick flowers for 50 cents a stem. Members of the Old Homestead Farm’s community-supported agriculture program can pick flowers for free.“I thought it would be cool for people who aren’t able to grow their own or just want to grab a couple of stems here and there for this and that to be able to come and grab something,” says Peters, who represents the fourth generation working at the... (LancasterOnline)

Jul 27, 2017

Endangered Brodiaea plant produces 'super bloom' in hills above ...

California poppy, as seen in record numbers in Hemet, Lancaster and Chino Hills.Instead, the thread-leafed Brodiaea, as they are more commonly known, bunch in clusters of eight to 10, standing tall on thin, spindly, green stems, unfurling their star-like purple-striped flowers under the shade of an oak or amidst the shelter of the taller, beige-colored wild oat plants.AdvertisementOn Thursday, Croissant walked the lower meadow, explaining how the unusual plant deposits its seeds, known as corms, in the volcanic, clay soil during the winter unique to the Glendora hills. A bounty of rainfall grew the green leaves and stems, producing flowers three days before Earth Day, on April 19, she said.“Here they come!” she exclaimed, pointing to a bunch in the middle of the tall wild oats. “They sneak up on you.”Toward the south end of the 4-acre meadow, the bunches appeared more frequently.“They look for a place to hide, like finding a companion plant,” she explained. That way they can be protected from ravenous deer. “They are survivors.”Even the Colby Fire of January 2014 did not stop them. In fact, the ash from the fire helped enhance the soil, which helped the Brodiaea to germinate.These Brodiaea filifolia in Glendora are the purest of the species, she said. They are pollinated by a bee fly, which keeps their DNA the same.About 20,000 plants are thriving along the ridgeline above the Colby Trail. In Bluebird Canyon exist another 5,000 and about another 10,000 in another hillside canyon, she said.The Colby Trail is open to the public during the daytime. Croissant reminds everyone to stay on the trails. “They are state and federally protected, so that means you could be arrested or cited for any kind of abuse to the plant,” she said.The Glendora Conservancy is hosting a Brodiaea Month and is offering a special program on the plant on May 20 at the Glendora Library, with a lecture by Croissant and a video on the plant’s history. The plant is the city’s official flower. Glendora is the only city in California with an endangered species as its city flower. (The San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

May 25, 2017

Elgin readies for Memorial Day ceremonies

Jeff Swoboda, Police Chaplain Carl Ball and Fire Chief Dave Schmidt. South Elgin Deputy Police Chief Randy Endean and Assistant Fire Chief Bert Lancaster and Kane County Sheriff Donald Kramer and Chief Deputy Thomas Bumgarner, also are on the dais, Russell said."All are welcome, and we'd love for all the veterans in the area to come in," Russell said.While Willow Lake Estates residents get ready for their function, work will be going on leading up to the Memorial Day weekend to prepare Bluff City Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend."The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association's 'Adopt a Cemetery' committee chair tells me that about 2,600 flags will be placed on veterans' graves at the cemetery," Elgin historian Jerry Turnquist said. "This involves over 100 volunteers. Some go out by themselves and others do so as part of a group."The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association works in cooperation with the city to put on Elgin's four Memorial Day weekend events, city communications specialist Molly Center said.The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association in cooperation with the City of Elgin will host four events for Memorial Day on Monday.The program at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., is set to being at 11 a.m. and will pay tribute to the 125th anniversary of the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association. Turnquist is set to speak on the organization's history as well as past Memorial Day ceremonies.This observance also will include the Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin High School Band, and local students continuing the tradition of reading Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and General John Logan's Orders, which established Memorial Day.Organizational wreaths will be placed at the Grand Army of the Republic memorial in a moment similar to the laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington D.C. The program also will include a roll call of deceased veterans, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.A free shuttle bus will pick up riders at the main gate and east gate parking areas before and after the service for transportation to and from the ceremony area. The ceremony will be broadcast live on WRMN Radio, 1410 AM.The first Elgin Memorial Day event is set to starts at 8:45 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1001 Villa St.. This observance will include a Catholic Mass, a combined color guard, rifle salute and the playing of Taps.At 9:15 a.m., Lakewood Memorial Park 30W730 Route 20, will honor veterans buried there with a ceremony in the cemetery's Garden of Honor that will include a combined color guard, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps.At Elgin Veterans Memorial Park, 274 N. Grove Ave., a presentation organized by the Elgin Navy Club and the Elgin Marine Corps League is planned for 9:45 a.m.The program will pay special tribute to veterans interred at sea, and keynote speaker will be Col. Sheldon J. Bathurst, a retired U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam. The program is set to feature the Elgin Master Chorale and will conclude with the strewing of flowers into the Fox River, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps. Should city officials deem weather conditions unsuitable for outdoor programs, an announcement will be made no later than 8:30 a.m. on Memorial Day that the Veterans Memorial Park and Bluff City Cemetery programs will be held at their normal times at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Such information would be posted on the city of Elgin's website and other media outlets, Center said.mdanahey@tribpub.com... (Chicago Tribune)