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What’s in a Name?
Well, what is in a name? A rose by any other name might smell as sweet. But if you’re in New England and the rose’s species name is Rosa multiflora, you have stumbled upon an invasive and better get rid of … Continue reading
Posted in plants, reflections, spring Tagged Indigenous peoples, invasive species, multiflora rose, native plants, native plants nursery, orchids, roses 16 Comments
Whose Woods These Are I Surely Know (The Trees, Not So Much)
You know what I like most about winter? It’s the one time of year when I don’t have to feel guilty about neglecting the garden. It’s my duty to neglect it! But I can never let well enough alone, so this winter I signed up for several more courses offered through the Native Plant Trust. Most recently completed: one course on soils, one on trees of New England. Continue reading
Posted in pests and problems, plants, winter Tagged American beech, American elm, Amur corktree, bark, buds, cynipid wasp, deciduous, dichotomous key, downy serviceberry, garlic mustard, Hop hornbeam, identification, invasives, Japanese barberry, Japanese knotweed, kudzu, maple, multiflora rose, oak, oak galls, paper birch, purple loosestrife, red maple, red oak, trees, twig, white oak, white pine 6 Comments
You see, I came to think that if I am to continue writing about Nature and all that jazz, I’d better know more about it. So after some cursory exploration, I decided to pursue a Native Plants certificate through the Native Plant Trust. Two certificates, in fact: basic and advanced. Starting, you may be astonished to learn, with Basic. Continue reading
Posted in animal life, cooking, plants Tagged bamboo, beans, botany, brassica, cashew, cassava, cotton, drought, ecology, ferns, fig, foamflower, heat wave, hemp, linen, medicinal plants, Native Plant Trust, pangium, poison hemlock, poison ivy, poisonous plants, rabbits, reeds, rhubarb, rubber, rutabaga, species loss, tree bark, walnut 10 Comments
What bugs me
Don’t worry; this isn’t a rant.
No, I’m just going to talk about bugs. Real bugs. Or, to be more precise: insects.
Let me tell you about the reeducation I’ve been getting as I pivot towards more native plants in the garden. Continue reading
Posted in animal life, pests and problems, plants Tagged Baltimore checkerspot, black chokecherry, black-eyed Susans, butterfly weed, Canadian hemlock, caterpillars, coral hairstreak, cranesbill, lupine, native plants, native plants nursery, painted lady, pin oak, serviceberry, sugar maple, summersweet, tiger swallowtail, wild bergamot, wild columbine, winterberry 10 Comments
Does this ever happen to you during winter? You start out with all these ideas about how you’ll make the winter cozy and/or productive and/or b-e-a-r-a-b-l-e, and before you know it, none of that has happened and the seed catalogs have piled up and there has been no knitting, barely any pickles or chutneys made, and no chestnuts roasting by an open fire. Nor has the stack of must-read books receded by one millimeter. Continue reading
Posted in garden tasks, plants, seasons Tagged bonsai, climate change, cold stratification, daffodils, early planting, grow lights, indoor planting, Joe Pye weed, last frost date, New England aster, planting calculator, raised beds, red columbine, seed starting, seeds, snow, spring, Ukraine relief, Wild Seed Project, winter 12 Comments