Happy Earth Day

Story by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – The movement to protect our environment grows larger every day in communities across America. We are consistently reminded of the small ways in which we can collectively make a big difference. Read more

Pro Basketball Comes to Cary

Story by Hal Goodtree, photo by ShockMotion.

Cary, NC – Thanks to a tip from our downtown friend Doc Thorne, we’ve learned that Cary is getting a new professional sports franchise. It’s the Cary Invasion, a team in the Continential Basketball League. Read more

Conservation, Arts & Fitness Highlight 18th Annual Cary Spring Daze

Cary, NC – Bond Park is gearing up for the 18th annual Cary Spring Daze Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Highlights this year include a focus on conservation, fitness and some new and unusual ways to enjoy local art. Read more

In My Cary Garden: April 20

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree

Cary, North Carolina – I like the idea of a Cary gardening column being an almanac of what grows in our town and when. So, this week, here’s what’s blooming in my North Carolina garden.

Chives and Alliums

Chives, garlic, onions, leeks and shallots – they’re all part of the allium family. Many alliums bloom in this part of N.C. at this time of year.

In my garden, we grow humble, 6″ garlic chives in a pot. They are blooming right now in a sunny spot and come back year after year. My chives need almost no care whatsoever. I barely water them. They’re also nice is omelets, salads and stir fries.

Dianthus

Dianthus covers about 300 species of flowers, mostly shades of pink. Mine are low-growing perennials that die back in the winter. Carnation is in the dianthus family.

Dianthus puts on a happy show in spring, then retires gracefully to the back of the garden. I have them in a sunny bed that’s only moderately watered.

Indigo

When I think of indigo, I think of blue, like the color of blue jeans. It’s true, wild indigo can have deep blue flowers.

But wild indigo, a native to the North American prairies, can come in white and yellow too.

My indigo (Baptisia leucantha alba, White Wild Indigo) grows in a pretty dry bed in the shade under a plum tree. The cascading white flowers are very showy and long-lasting. The stems have a distinctly blue-green color.

Clematis

April is the season for Clematis here in the Piedmont.

Clematis must love North Carolina, because it thrives in conditions from full sun all the way to partial shade.  A vining plant, Clematis explodes in April with 4″ flowers that cover the entire plant.

Different varieties have slightly different bloom times and flower sizes. They generally come in shades from pure white to pinks, blues and purples.

Easy to grow in Cary, Clematis blooms profusely in the spring and is a great way to add vertical interest to your garden. This picture is from my neighbor’s house up near the mailbox in full sun.

Azaleas

Also blooming in my garden this week are azaleas.

Azaleas are a most Southern of plants, with azalea festivals up and down the region. No need for me to tell you, dear readers, about the importance and beauty of azaleas in Southern gardens.

What’s Growing In Your Garden?

Cary garden pictures and gardening stories are always welcome – gardening@carycitizen.com.

Herbfest 2011 – Coming in May

Story by Lindsey Chester, photo by Marcia Hansen.

Cary, NC- Last year, the Friends of Page-Walker created a new festival in downtown Cary – Herbfest.

My daughter Emma and I attended and she was thrilled to take home a seedling that grew into a large basil plant. The festival is returning on the weekend of May 7 and has expanded to include live performances and demonstrations along with the herbs and gifts for sale.

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Cary Police Chief: This Job is “Cake”!

Photos courtesy of Wake Tech.

Cary, NC – Who could resist a photo of Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore decorating a cake under the stern tutelage of Chef Norma Miller? We couldn’t.

Chief Bazemore got a chance to do a little cake decorating (and cake judging) at Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts Showcase at the Raleigh Convention Center on April 12. She is a graduate of Wake Tech’s Criminal Justice Technology program and was asked to be a celebrity judge for a live two-hour cake decorating challenge at the Showcase. Read more

Thoughts on Easter

By Matt Young. Photo by vanherdehaage.

Cary, NC – Easter is one of those holidays that make me think back to my childhood. Easter eggs and bunnies, hot cross buns and Gene Autry come to mind.

Here are a few thoughts that are part of my holiday tradition.

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Recipe: Roasted Leg of Lamb For Easter Dinner

Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Alicia, the Kitchen Wench.

Cary, NC – Lamb is a classic entree for the Easter table. The custom of eating lamb at important religious feasts goes back thousands of years, spanning many cultures and religions. Here is an easy and delicious way to serve lamb for your Easter table. Read more