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Foreign Flora

Posted: Friday, April 13th, 2007 @ 9:29 am in Plants | Comments Off on Foreign Flora

This country is not only peopled by immigrants, but it’s vegetated by them as well. A high percentage of the plants you see when traveling across the North American continent are actually non-natives. The seeds of these first exotics, as they’re called, arrived right along with the explorers and colonists. Some were intentional imports; others […]

The Name Game

Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm in Flowers | Comments Off on The Name Game

Botanists rely on Latin names for plants to avoid confusion, since the flora they work with contains thousands of species, some of them common to many different lands. But it also strips away most of the romance. Would you be as interested in the appearance of a Houstonia caerulea as you might be about seeing […]

Fruitful Immigrants

Posted: Monday, February 19th, 2007 @ 11:49 am in Plants | Comments Off on Fruitful Immigrants

It’s the stuff of science fiction flicks – a species multiplying without restraint until it covers the earth. In one version, insects with no natural enemies soon devour all the plant life on the planet. Or the reverse, a plant extends its tendrils around all other living things, slowly smothering them to death. Luckily, when […]

Fading Fast

Posted: Sunday, November 12th, 2006 @ 8:06 am in Plants | Comments Off on Fading Fast

It was rainy today, so we repeated a drive we took about a week ago when searching for some late fall colors. We like gaining enough altitude so the changing shades of different plants are set off by the ever-present green of the pines. Last week the yellows and reds were outstanding. This week the […]

Cranberry Harvest

Posted: Sunday, October 1st, 2006 @ 4:18 pm in Plants | Comments Off on Cranberry Harvest

We’re addicted to gathering wild foods – especially the wild fruits of summer. Not only do they taste better than foods purchased from the supermarket, but it’s more fun when you find your own. In June we search out wild strawberries – small but sweet. In July we stock up on raspberry jam, while August […]

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