Dr. Cynthia Wood, Author at Farmville

Columns

Through the garden gate: Oh! Those odd names

You all know that I’m slightly obsessed with daylilies. They’re the perfect plant for hot summer days when I just can’t be bothered to work ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, July 2, 2022 12:47 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate — The joys of a simple garden

Farmville is blessed with many talented gardeners. Explore the various neighborhoods, and you’ll find English kitchen gardens with tidy paths, carefully clipped borders, and thriving ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:15 pm

Columns

Mother Natures Garden — Hexastylis: A plant with a steep learning curve

For years I’ve found heartleaf (Hexastylis spp.) all over Cumberland, Appomattox, Powhatan, and Prince Edward Counties. There are eight species of this low growing, evergreen ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:30 pm

Columns

Fireworks in the woods

One of my favorite spring ephemerals, the eastern shooting star (Primula meadia), has a variety of common names – pride of Ohio, prairie pointers and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, May 8, 2022 1:54 pm

Columns

When plants bloom

I’m fascinated by plants that bloom at a specific time every day. That old garden favorite, the four o’clock, opens every afternoon around 4 p.m. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, April 7, 2022 3:59 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Wildflower Symposium celebrates spring

Spring is definitely here. The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer, and there are blooms appearing everywhere. Some like pussy toes are modest and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, April 2, 2022 3:54 pm

Columns

Appreciate the rare beauty of blue flowers

A poll done by YouGov revealed that blue is the favorite color in almost all countries. Ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Mesoamericans developed ways of producing ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Tuesday, March 22, 2022 5:16 pm

Lifestyles

Why rhododendron leaves curl and droop

Many gardeners say that they can tell the temperature outside simply by looking out the window at the leaves on their rhododendron. If the leaves ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:00 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Rainbow pools in the Cypress Swamp

No matter when you visit, bald cypress swamps are magical places. In late spring and summer, there’s green everywhere – moss, resurrection ferns, tree leaves ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, February 5, 2022 3:30 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Ragweed: A highly adaptable plant

Have you ever tried to define a weed? I often hear that it’s just a plant that appears where it’s not wanted. By that definition, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:00 am

Columns

The Adder’s Tongue: An unusual looking plant

It doesn’t look like a fern, and it really isn’t one, but it’s fern-like in some respects. Meet the southern adder’s tongue (Ophioglossum pycnostichum), a ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, January 6, 2022 5:00 pm

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up: The other holiday plants

For many people, the holiday season means evergreen garlands, wreaths, trees and poinsettias. Yes, the tropical plant with showy multicolored petals (actually bracts) is the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 30, 2021 2:02 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

The fanciful turkey tail fungus: nature’s recycler

“Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty.” ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, December 10, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up: In praise of sweet potatoes

It’s been a good year for sweet potatoes. In early summer, we feasted on sauteed shoots and leaves seasoned with a dash of sesame oil ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, December 5, 2021 10:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Gardening at the end of the season

The days are short; so short that it’s dark long before I usually stop working in the garden. The air is crisp, and the nights ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

There’s magic in the woods

The desire to foresee the future, improve one’s strength against enemies, expel evil spirits that may have caused illness or other harm and to enhance ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, November 5, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up: That’s not a Christmas tree!

It’s not even an official holiday, but it’s the fastest growing festive occasion in the United States. We Americans spent more than $8 billion on ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Trends in daylily hybridization

Gardeners are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and I suspect that daylily growers are the nicest of the nice. This summer I ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Monday, October 11, 2021 4:44 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Remembering Anne Mason Field and yellowroot

For many years, I hiked local trails with my friend Ann Mason Field. We followed the cycle of the seasons by celebrating the first skunk ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, October 1, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up: Late Summer in the Garden

Story and photos by Dr. Cynthia Wood When the dog days of summer set in, most gardeners and their plants just quit. The humans are ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10:58 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Groundnut: The plant with a crumpled red velvety blossom

I confess that I’m often overcome by the sheer number of yellow flowers that appear in late summer. There are more than 50 species of ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, September 12, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Beware those yellow ‘blooms’

Earlier this summer, my husband commented that he really liked the funny looking yellow flowers in a pot by the front porch. I was puzzled ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, September 3, 2021 6:00 am

Uncategorized

Common yarrow is a cheerful plant

When I hiked the High Bridge Trail recently, I found myself surrounded by a sea of green. It’s that time of the year when the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, August 6, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Boxwood provides the bones of many gardens

Virginians have always loved boxwood. They’ve traditionally rooted sprigs and given them to newlyweds setting up housekeeping in a new location. No home was complete ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Monday, July 26, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

The ultimate pass along garden plant

You’ve seen them growing along the side of back roads, near abandoned homesteads and even along the edge of wooded areas. You’ve probably also seen ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 9, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

The oxeye daisy is a weed, but an interesting one

Wander around the edge of the woods near the office at Holliday Lake State Park, and you’ll likely find several oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) blooming ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 2, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Beware of poisonous plants in the garden

Hello, fellow gardeners. It’s me, Anca. Some of you already know me. I’m my mom’s new gardening assistant. She says that I’m more trouble than ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 11, 2021 6:00 am

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