Lifestyles

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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Incised fumewort is problematic

I went to Powhatan State Park last week, walked the usual trails and searched for Dutchman’s breeches, which ...

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Speedwell, a beautiful weed

Hiking in late winter or very early spring requires an open mind about the plants that can be ...

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Hiking can be a voyage of discovery

Spending time outside, whether gardening or hiking, is just plain good for you. Hiking and walking have been ...

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New apps for field work

Not too many years ago, hiking meant carrying a heavy backpack filled with my favorite field guides – ...

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The aftermath of finding a rare plant

A good part of last year was spent hiking with a list of plants that needed to be ...

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Torrey’s mountain mint: A rare find

It’s been so hot and dry that I decided Oct. 4 would be my last major hike before ...

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A tale of persistence and what grows in the swamp

While mucking about in a swampy area at Holliday Lake State Park last month, I stumbled upon an ...

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Long-lobed arrowhead: An uncommon plant

In the early days of the commonwealth, the naming of rivers was arbitrary. Settlers along a particular waterway ...

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The difference in buttonweed

It’s been so hot that my hikes have been reduced to half-hearted slogs up and down the back ...

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Wood Betony: an interesting hemiparasite

There are some native plants that I just can’t keep straight in my head unless I see the ...

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Slipper Orchids: Love and obsession

Wildflower people are both incredibly generous and seriously obsessive. This spring I’ve been the recipient of untold generosity. ...

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The thrill of the find

In my ongoing rambles in the woods, I visit new places every year, but I also return to ...

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Lyre-leaf sage: An assertive native

Walk across any unkempt lawn (mine!), waste area or woodland clearing this month and you’ll find basal rosettes ...

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Coltsfoot: an early sign of spring

By late February, most of us are so desperate for early signs of spring that we’re overjoyed to ...

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Naming plants

When people on my Facebook wildflower page talk about plants, there can be massive confusion. Many of them ...

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Virginia Creeper: vibrant color to brighten a fall day

Visit that massive stone heap, Blenheim Palace, in October and you’ll find the walls near the main entrance ...

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Blue Mushrooms and Hens for Dinner

When I was a kid, about a 1,000 years ago, mushrooms were an exotic food that came in ...

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The Wild Onion Controversy

As many of you know, I manage a Virginia Wildflower Community Page on Facebook. It has just under ...

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Dodder: An interesting parasite

Yesterday I was driving on the Powhite Parkway, getting ready to merge onto 288 S. when something bright ...

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Thugs and potential thugs

I’ve been searching for wildflowers since I was about 12 years old. It’s what my dad and I ...

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Species of roses

Roses are very old flowering plants. Fossil evidence shows that they’re around 35 million years old. The cultivation ...

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The mystique of lady’s slippers

Virginia has quite a few species of native orchids. Some are showy, while others are almost drab by ...

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Yellow confusion in Mother Nature’s garden

It all began with a series of posts on my Facebook wildflower community page. There was a flurry ...

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A tale of two plants

Walk through just about any wooded area in Prince Edward or surrounding counties and you’re likely to find ...

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Old friends rediscovered in new places

Nearly 10 years ago, I found some trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) at Holliday Lake on the Lakeshore Trail. ...

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