Category: In the Garden

Lungwort for Winter Blooms

Brighten up a shady area in the garden with the colorful flowers and silvery foliage of lungwort (Pulmonaria spp.). It pairs well with hellebores, hostas, ferns, bleeding hearts, and other shade...

Garden Smarter, Not Harder

The realization that I’m no longer a “spring chicken” gardener anymore has slowly dawned on me. Gone are the days of heading out into my landscape at daylight and continually working until dark. My...

Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) is one tough plant, as its common name implies. It can grow in deep shade, is deer resistant, and can withstand drought. If that wasn’t enough, it can also...

Eastern Red Cedar

Although Christmas is past, I wanted to focus my blog on this most beautiful and versatile tree: the eastern red cedar (𝘑𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢). The eastern red cedar was the Christmas tree of choice...

What Is It? Wednesday- Swinecress

This cool-season weed called swinecress (Coronopus didymus) was found coming up in a mustard field. As a seedling, swinecress grows in a rosette, as seen here. As it matures and begins to flower, it...

Native Bee Diversity: Leafcutter Bees

Early in the fall, I was delighted to find this fallen redbud leaf with this unusual, sculpted edge. This leaf is evidence of bee activity much earlier in the year. This is the work of female...

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