Parmesan and Parsley Biscuits


3 cups flour

� cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

� cup sugar

2 Tablespoons baking powder

� teaspoon salt

� teaspoon pepper

� cup (1 stick) butter, chilled

� cup chopped fresh parsley or chives

1 cup (or more) whole milk


Preheat oven to 400. Combine flour, � cup cheese, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Cut butter into chunks and drop into flour mixture. Cut in with pastry blender, or rub in with fingertips until coarse meal forms. Mix in parsley. Gradually add milk until mixture is a shaggy ball. Turn out onto cutting board or work surface. Press out with rolling pin to 1 inch thick. Using 2-inch diameter cutter, cut out biscuits. Arrange biscuits on baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining � cup cheese. Bake for 15 minutes. Makes about 10 biscuits.






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New Plants for 2013

Spring is almost here and for many of us that means a visit to your local nursery to see what's new this year. Here is a sampling of five new introductions from Bailey Nurseries.


Rosa 'BAIypso'

Easy Elegance� Calypso Rose

Zone: 4-9

Height: 24"

Width: 24"

Shape: Mounded

Foliage: Glossy dark green

Flower color: Apricot blend

Flower form: Double, 2.5"

Petal Count: 25

Bloom Cycle: Recurrent

Classification: Shrub Rose

Numerous delightful apricot blooms cover this compact mounded shrub rose. Dark glossy green foliage. Recurrent blooms promise color throughout the season. An ideal accent for the garden or foundation planting.


Physocarpus Opulifolius

'Jefam' PP23,177

First Editions�

Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark

Zone: 2-7

Height: 5-6'

Width: 4'

Shape: Upright, rounded

Foliage: Yellow, orange to green & purple

Fall Foliage:     Red and purple

Flower color: White

Rounded and dense in habit, with its bold array of colors in glowing tones of orange, yellow and gold, Amber Jubilee will stand out in your garden border or make for an eye-catching hedge. Plant in full sun for best performance.



Wisteria Macrostachya 'Betty Matthews'

First Editions� Summer Cascade™ Wisteria


Zone: 4-9

Height: 15-20'

Width: Varies

Flower color: Blue      

Blooming in June, individual flowers open a lovely shade of dark lavender before fading. A beautiful flowering vine which can easily cover an arbor or pergola, creating a cool, shady place. More reliably cold hardy than other wisteria.



Scopulorum 'Bailigh'

First Editions�

Sky High™ Juniper

Zone: 3-7

Height: 12-15'

Width: 3-5'

Foliage: Silvery blue

Attractive silvery-blue dense foliage highlights this improved variety of Rocky Mountain Juniper. Strongly columnar in form, it requires little pruning to maintain its narrow shape. Tolerant of dry soil conditions. Full sun.


Pyrus 'Tawara Oriental'

First Editions�

Tawara Asian Pear

Zone: 4-7

Height: 15-18'

Width: 8-12'

Fall Foliage: Yellow

Flower color: White

Bloom date: Early May

Ripening Date: August-SeptemberAsian pear with unusual light brown fruit, tasting like a cross between apple and pear, with crispy texture. Partially self-fruitful but better crops are set when pollinated by another Asian or European pear. Excellent for fresh eating or canning.



Photos courtesy of Bailey Nurseries

Survivor of the Stone Age 


The Ginkgo biloba is the only tree alive today that existed during the Stone Age, some 200 million years ago. It is a tree that is not troubled by any insect or disease. It can grow in almost any situation; full sun, part shade, heat tolerant, ph- adaptable, salt tolerant, air pollution tolerant. A well-developed Ginkgo is an impressive sight, capable of growing 80 - 100 feet or more with a spread of 40 feet. The yellow fall color alone is sufficient reason to plant the tree.
Ginko Tree  

The female trees produce a naked seed or as some people call them 'poop berries'. They are described as having the nauseating stench of dog excrement or vomit. For this reason, only male trees are usually available. The problem in determining the sex of Ginkgo is that they do not set fruit until they are quite old (20-50 years).

Southeast Asians love the Gingko nuts. Scores of these 'wrongly planted' female Ginkgo's have been mapped by the Asians who harvest the fruit, wash and discard the pulp, a bit of roasting and seasoning of the seeds and they sell for $8.99 a pound in the Asian markets. A pretty good price for nuts.  


Ginko Nuts  


Thank's for reading. Happy Planting!



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