For years, I have been seeking in vain for a clear view of the elusive Monarch butterfly. Only this year, with the milkweed on the the decline and the thistle on the ascendancy, did I get a good, close look … Continue reading
Dogbane and Milkweed look similar before they bloom. Here are some tips on how to tell them apart. Continue reading
I have been fixating on milkweed. Two years ago, I found plenty of milkweed on my property. There was purple milkweed, with its pinkish blooms. There was common milkweed, with its less brilliant kind of purple. And there was even … Continue reading
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Tagged ashkhar, calotropis, Calotropis procera., Dave McClure, Doha, milkweed, procera, Qatar, פתילת המדבר הגדולה, תפוח סדום
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Have you ever seen a mayapple blossom? They are shy, and hide about halfway down the stem of the plant, their faces turned away from prying eyes. Mayapples grow in colonies from a single root system. That’s why you will … Continue reading
When viewed from a distance, while taking a walk, the blue-eyed grass does not look all that different from the rue anemones scattered all around — just a slightly bluer tinge to the petals. But when we move in closer, … Continue reading
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[This short piece was first published in the fall of 2013 on a site that has since closed.] Fall is very nearly upon us. I can tell, because the dogwood tree is fruiting. The little red berry-like objects are really … Continue reading
I went out for a walk today, and there by the fence line were some beautiful flowers. Somehow they had grown there just for me, to brighten my day and to lift my spirits. Such an expenditure! Such showy blossoms! … Continue reading
Posted in Beauty, Gardening and plants, Opinion Pieces and Editorials, Plants
Tagged bees, bidens, ecology, economy, flowers, insects, laissez faire, symbiosis
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Tall phlox blooms later than creeping phlox. In my garden, the season starts in mid-June, and ends late in July. Tall Phlox is so called because it consists of tall, green stalks that grow anew from the roots every year. … Continue reading
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Virginia Mountain Mint, picnanthemum-virginianum, blooms on my property in areas that are not ever mowed, by the fence line, in the pasture and at the edges of the woods. This year it arrived its peak of blooming just in time for the … Continue reading