Monthly Archives: August 2011

Fall Asters

While Spring is noted for its wildflowers, Autumn also offers an impressive burst of color as some plants make a last push to propagate before the killing frosts. Asters are particularly easy to find blooming in late summer and fall, … Continue reading

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Mountain Mint

Both Natives and pioneers used Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum spp.) to make a flavorful aromatic tea and as a medicinal. There are several varieties in our area and I’ve seen plenty of it around. The mint can be found along roadsides … Continue reading

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Plants That Use “Dinner Bells”

It is tempting to think that plants produce fruit for our pleasure and that of other creatures. They do want us to eat them, but they have an ulterior motive of getting their seeds carried away from the parent plant … Continue reading

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Trees and Lightning

Everyone has heard the old safety tip: “don’t stand under a tree during a thunderstorm”, based upon the likelihood that the tallest objects are the ones most likely to be struck. Turns out there is more to being struck than … Continue reading

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Snake Folklore

Snakes have fascinated and frightened people for eons, which has led to some pretty interesting stories about some of them.  I did some research on some sayings about snakes I heard as a kid to see how they held up … Continue reading

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