Category Archives: Plants

Plant sales

Many good things about anticipating an annual plant sale.  It reduces the purchase of plants as a form of immediate gratification. A plant could be thought about, researched, mentally transplanted, and finally rejected after it is realized that it actually pretty … Continue reading

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Stokes

Nothin’ much this week. Just a nice photo of a Stokes’ Aster, Stokes laevis.  Enjoy. 

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Weedin’ in the rain

Four reasons why you should weed your gravel driveway during the rain: 1.). It is cooler, so you won’t get as uncomfortable. 2.) Heavy clay soils are looser when damp, so it is easier. 3.) The critters are still out … Continue reading

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Still Evil

Toxicodendron radicans, the poisonous spready plant with hairy stems (seriously, that’s the Latin translation), also known as poison ivy. Yes, it has been written about in this blog before, but this plant is pure evil. If you are east of … Continue reading

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Figuring out Juglandaceae: Mockernut hickory

There is a difficulty in finding hickory trees in the winter. But here’s the fourth of the Piedmont juglandaceae, Carya tomentosa, the mockernut hickory. The common name refers to the nuts, which have a thick husk and a thick shell, so you are … Continue reading

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Fluffies to come

Chionanthus virginicus, Fringe Tree, Old Man’s Beard, is a small shrub or tree in the olivefamily, often multi trunked, native to the southeastern United States. It is a common garden tree, tolerating air pollution and a wide variety of soil … Continue reading

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Figuring out Juglandaceae: Shagbark hickory

Back to the Juglandaceas! The common eating nuts (walnuts and pecans) have been covered, so now it’s the hickories, some of which are tasty and some of which are not, but even the tasty ones are a pain to get to, with … Continue reading

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