Monthly Archives: March 2016

Dandelion

Everyone knows the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), which is usually found somewhere in your lawn unless herbicides are heavily used.  This European import is probably enemy number one on the lawn weed list, but it is still an interesting study, being … Continue reading

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Plant Lore: Paulownia

Paulownia is most often noticed when it blooms in April.  Its large tubular purple blooms are quite showy along roadsides.   Paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) is also called royal princess tree, empress tree, and lilac tree.  It is not native to … Continue reading

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Plant Lore: Bloodroot

One sure sign of Spring and warmer weather is to take a walk in the woods and see the first wildflowers popping up.  One of the earlier blooming flowers in our area is Bloodroot.   Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is usually … Continue reading

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Native Landscaping

With spring comes the urge to work in the yard and plant things.  This often involves going to a garden center and buying plants alien to our area. Some of them can “escape” your yard through seed dispersal and grow … Continue reading

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Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads are pretty unique in the animal world. They are amphibians and live a double life, undergoing a complete metamorphosis from larva to adult. Science guys collectively call frogs and toads anurans, which means “without tail”. The name … Continue reading

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