Category Archives: Flowers

Anything to do with flowers.

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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Mayapples

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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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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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Milkweed Flowers

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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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Daisies

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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

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How the Peony Blooms with Help from Black Garden Ants

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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Wild Roses

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Wild roses can be found almost everywhere. They attract small carpenter ants who enjoy their fragrance and taste of their nectar and gather their pollen for their own asocial purposes. Continue reading

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