Usually, by this time of summer, I would have become bored with the hostas that always grew around the foundation of the house and around the barn. Seemingly eternal, they were full and old — many decades old — and mostly variegated, deep green streaked with white. By July, too, I would find myself complaining that the irrepressible orange tiger lilies were taking over the circular bed in the middle of my back yard.
Miriam Ungerer, a food writer whose column, “Long Island Larder,” appeared in The East Hampton Star for about 25 years, died at home in Great Barrington, Mass., on June 4. She was 84, and her death was caused by a stroke, which occurred after preparing a favorite dish of mussels, her family said.