Spring Bulbs

With daylight hours just starting to lengthen but with snow still on the ground in many areas, we are all waiting for the arrival of spring. For those of you who planted blubs last fall, your reward will soon be here. Most varieties of crocus begin to pop up and bloom at the end of February or the...Read More
Figwort family (Bowman’s Root, Culver’s physic, Blackroot, Culver’s root) This eastern U.S. native is great for the back of the border, one of the best perennial flowering plants for our region. Blooming for 6-8 weeks in July & August, it lends a graceful quality to the garden at a time...Read More
Sunflower; Aster Family Everywhere I go, I see sunflowers. There is a huge surge in sunflower popularity going on right now. Although most people grow this flower for its sunny happy face, or for its seed heads; there is much more to this fascinating plant than meets the eye. This native annual can...Read More
(Hepatica nobilis var. acuta) now reclassified as Anemone acutiloba, but it will always be Hepatica to me… Liverleaf, Sharp-lobed hepatica In April, on a gentle slope, out of the leaf litter along the road where I often walk, comes the annual carpet display of the flowers of Hepatica.  When I...Read More

Adiantum Pedatum

  Northern maidenhair, Maidenhair Fern, Five Fingered Fern Near my home is a large hillside that is festooned with Maidenhair fern. It is the understory to mixed hardwood trees. I pass by it every day and I always turn my eyes to the lush shroud of ethereal green fernery and imagine wondrous...Read More


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