Category Archives: Plants

Anything to do with Plants and Flora.

The Monarch Butterfly and the Thistle Flower

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

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Distinguishing Dogbane from Milkweed

Dogbane and Milkweed look similar before they bloom. Here are some tips on how to tell them apart. Continue reading

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Recognizing Milkweed

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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Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets is a new title in the Pagan Portals series

Herbs of the Sun, Moon and Planets is a new book in the Pagan Portals series, published by Moon Books.  In it I look in some depth at the subject of how culinary and medicinal herbs were once given astrological … Continue reading

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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

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Blue-Eyed Grass

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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Duped by a Drupe

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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

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Who Are the Flowers For?

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

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Tall Phlox

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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

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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

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