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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


Late Spring in Stowe, Vermont

Spring unfolds more slowly in northern Vermont than it does where I live in the mid-Atlantic.  So we were able to catch some late spring action in the Stowe area recently.   567 more words


Yellow Lady’s Slipper – Like Winning the Lottery

The existence of Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum) orchids is like winning the lottery, on so many levels.  Their bright yellow moccasin shaped petals, complemented by deeply veined lush green leaves, are strikingly beautiful. 805 more words