Monthly Archives: November 2011

Home Made Christmas

Giving gifts at Christmas is an old and wonderful tradition.  It’s more personal than the modern process of wading through crowds of people to select a gift from thousands of products in the store aisles.  A gift made specifically for … Continue reading

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Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel

With the leaves all off of the trees, plants that remain green show up more prominently.  Two that you are likely to see are rhododendron and mountain laurel, which look similar and are often confused.   Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) is … Continue reading

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Sumacs

Sumacs are very common in our area, most often found in overgrown fields and areas that have been disturbed and exposed.  While considered a weed to many landowners, it does have the virtues of providing cover and food for wildlife, … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Lost Colony

With Thanksgiving approaching thoughts turn to the first English colonists to America. If you remember your history lessons, the first attempts to colonize the New World were the Roanoke Colony in 1587 and the Jamestown Colony in 1607.  The Roanoke … Continue reading

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Tree Vices

Trees provide thousands of products we use every day and are a great blessing to our society. Some tree products are even addictive and consumed in large amounts. Take chewing gum for instance. A few decades ago the chewy part … Continue reading

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