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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
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Milkweed comes in three varieties, common, purple and butterfly. All three attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Continue reading
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The daisy is a typical grassland wildflower, growing in meadows and open fields, or pastures, and amid scrub brush or in woods with lots of open canopy, as well as in disturbed or transitional areas. Continue reading
You would think that for a peony to bloom would be the simplest, most natural process. But in fact, the peony needs help from its friends, the black garden ants. The flower head of the peony is so tightly bound … Continue reading
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Tagged ants help peony, ants help peony bloom, black garden ants, how the peony bloos, mutual benefit, mutualism, peony, symbiosis, temporary work