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Sycamore Season

American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is a beautiful tree in any season, but winter is its season to shine in our piedmont┬álandscapes. You’ll find this native giant in moist environments — floodplains and rich bottomlands. 917 more words

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Happy Whooo-lloween!

This cutie-pie and I want to wish everyone a Happy All Hallow’s Eve today.

Wonder Spouse and I were at the North Carolina Zoo last Friday. 195 more words

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A Farewell to Flowers

It was inevitable, of course, the prediction of our first freezing temperatures. They’ll actually arrive a bit behind the average date this year. By next Sunday morning, the weather forecasters are calling for temperatures around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. 912 more words

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In the blink of an eye...

One minute, summer sun kisses green leaves, flowers abound, birds sing. Then you blink, and color happens.

For some plants, color comes in patches at first. 1,114 more words

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Forest Envy

A good friend of mine and her significant other recently purchased and moved into a lovely new home in an adjacent county. They invited me out earlier this week to help them understand what’s growing on their 3-acre patch of Piedmont. 1,092 more words

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Milkweeds: Building my Monarch Butterfly Nursery

Those of you who have read my blog for a while may have noticed that when I fall in love with a native genus of plants, I tend to want to grow at least several different species in that genus, usually because I think the plants are beautiful, and because I like to see how many of these natives I can site well enough to flourish in my yard. 975 more words

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Black swans

Black swan
Cygnus atratus

Swans are large waterbirds of the genus Cygnus. There are six subgenera within this genus with one containing three species and one subspecies. 1,537 more words