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Spring Azures

Spring Azures spent the winter as pupa, cozy in their chrysalises, poised to take the final step to adulthood when spring conditions were right, with longer days and warmer temperatures. 459 more words


Evening Primrose

By late February, the spent stems of many herbaceous plants are beginning to fall to the ground and break down, adding to the nutrients in the soil, or making nesting material available for birds and other animals. 697 more words


Coralberry – A Winter Standout

Some plants are at their showiest in winter. Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus), also called Indian Currant, is one of them.

Named for its fruit, Coralberry’s bright clusters of purplish to coral colored berry-like drupes persist on this shrub’s otherwise bare branches throughout much of the winter.  594 more words

Native Plants

What Winter Reveals: Hoptrees

A winter walk reveals things that might be missed during the growing season, when leaves densely cover the trees.  The fruits of Hoptrees (Ptelea trifoliata… 630 more words


New England Asters – A Hotbed of Activity!

As the temperatures cool and the changing color of the leaves intensifies, plants in the Aster (Asteraceae) family continue to offer a bright display and food for flower visitors. 548 more words


Benefits of Pawpaws

The large, luscious fruit of Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) trees is ripening now. Its flavor is a bit reminiscent of a tropical fruit, hinting at banana or mango. 506 more words


Combating Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles (Popillia japonica) are especially prolific this summer, voraciously consuming the leaves, flowers and buds of herbaceous (non-woody) plants, shrubs and trees. They were first discovered at a nursery in New Jersey in 1916, probably introduced here with imported nursery stock. 750 more words