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Mother Natures Garden — Goldenrods: Tenacious and beautiful

“You can see the goldenrod, that most tenacious and pernicious and beauteous of all New England flora, bowing ...

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Mother Natures Garden — Turtleheads: Flowers with an interesting shape

Even though the days are still warm, there’s a chill in the early morning and late afternoon air. ...

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Pickleweed: A great natural condiment

Way back pre-pandemic, when travel was easy, I spent some time in Cornwall with friends. It was a ...

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Common grass pink: An interesting native orchid

We tend to think of orchids as fragile, delicate plants requiring pampering, but they are extremely resilient and ...

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Mother Nature’s Garden — Magnolias bloom offering fragrant pleasure

It’s magnolia time! The sweetbay magnolias have finished blooming in the wet lowlands along the High Bridge Trail, ...

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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 ...

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Fireworks in the woods

One of my favorite spring ephemerals, the eastern shooting star (Primula meadia), has a variety of common names ...

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Wildflower Symposium celebrates spring

Spring is definitely here. The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer, and there are blooms appearing everywhere. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Remembering Anne Mason Field and yellowroot

For many years, I hiked local trails with my friend Ann Mason Field. We followed the cycle of ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Discovering the harbinger-of-spring

While there are plenty of interesting plants in our area, sometimes I like to go hiking in an ...

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In search of the southern grape fern

I’ve always been fascinated by ferns. They’re old. So old that ancestors of modern ferns were here long ...

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Nature provides its own valentines

According to the calendar, it’s the shortest month, but, in reality, it never seems to end. February is ...

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COLUMN — A walk in the woods

This time of the year, when the forest is a study in brown, beige and gray with a ...

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It’s never too late for a walk in the woods

It’s the first week in December, and the weather is still pleasantly warm. Even so, I’m surprised at ...

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Bald cypresses are an atypical conifer

The bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) was first described in 1640, and ever since then writers have been impressed ...

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A cool find on a hot day

Last summer I spent far too many hot, humid days mucking about in several swampy areas at Holliday ...

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Goldenrod provides late summer color

Several years ago, I went with a friend to a business luncheon where there was a beautiful floral ...

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Uschi goes on a trail walk at High Bridge

Hello, fellow wildflower lovers. It’s me Uschi. Several months ago, I went with my mom on a trail ...

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Stalking the hoary yellow puccoon

Sometimes a plant just shows up in an unexpected location. Sometimes you walk by that location over and ...

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