Dr. Cynthia Wood, Author at Farmville

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

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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

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mountain Laurel is putting on an exuberant display

“…but the typical mountain laurel overshadows all, dominates the scene, defies descriptive effort, lays a hush on the tongue and thrills the soul with the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 4, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Life is awakening everywhere

In time of silver rain The earth puts forth new life again, Green grasses grow And flowers lift their heads, And over all the plain ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:00 am

Columns

Wisteria is the perfect plant for a pergola

Whenever I visit friends in England, I’m seriously envious of their garden, but especially the wisteria (wisteria sinensis) that festoons one side of their 19th ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, May 14, 2021 1:06 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

The joys of growing potatoes

I’ve always loved growing and eating potatoes. There’s nothing better than planting seed potatoes, watching them grow and waiting for just the right time to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, May 7, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Master Gardeners celebrate 20 years of service

Ever since they were founded in 2001, the Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners have been enthusiastic about sharing a love and knowledge of gardening with ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Discovering the harbinger-of-spring

While there are plenty of interesting plants in our area, sometimes I like to go hiking in an entirely different area, one known for having ... Read more

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

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Embracing the unexpected

Every spring, I look forward to participating in several workshops on gardening. If I get one or two new ideas for what to plant or ... Read more

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

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Asian delights not your grandma’s vegetables

Story and photos by Dr. Cynthia Wood I’ve always loved Asian food — hot spicy ma la-flavored dishes liberally showered with cilantro from Szechuan, bold ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Loropetalum — a versatile garden shrub

Have you met Loropetalum chinense, better known as the Chinese fringe flower? I first learned about it last fall when I was looking for something ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, March 12, 2021 6:00 am

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