The European Columbine

The European, or Garden, Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) is a perennial plant with blue, purple, or white flowers.  Each flower is about as long as it is wide.  This plant, which is a member of the Buttercup family, will grow up to 3 feet tall.(1) The European Columbine has spread widely across North Americas and is... Continue Reading →

Thorns on a Swamp Rose

Over the brambles The Swamp Rose lures me closer Fingers hooked by thorns A Haiku by Mark The Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 7 feet tall and is native to the eastern United States. As the name suggests, this plant prefers moist, acidic soil. The Swamp Rose... Continue Reading →

Folklore of Butterflies

Have you ever sat down and watched a butterfly in flight?  It is a truly magical experience. A butterfly will flap its wings and glide through the air until it finds an outstretched branch or flower to land on.  Gently, the butterfly sits on the branch. Slowly, it moves its wings back and forth until... Continue Reading →

Hummingbirds as Pollinators

Hummingbird at our feeder - June 09, 2021 My research this week have been focused on pollinators species and pollinator gardens. Hummingbirds, as it turns out, are also a vital part of the pollinator population. There are approximately 328 different species(1) of these amazing little birds, which are a part of the larger order of... Continue Reading →

Dryad’s Saddle

This beautiful bracket mushroom's scientific name is Polyporus squamosus. It's common name is Dryad's Saddle.  These polyporus fungus can either grow on fallen logs and tree stumps in a saprophytic relationship, or may be found as a parasitic growth on hardwood trees such as maple and elm. They have widespread distribution including being found in... Continue Reading →

Wild Strawberries

I remember the first time I noticed wild strawberries. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was pulling weeds from the flower bed that ran along the fence line. My gaze was focused on the dirt and I was removing everything that didn't look like Lupines. The clovers and grasses had taken over this part... Continue Reading →

Conscious Nature by Josh Lane

"If one takes the view that all of life is Sacred and connected to the Great Mystery, then all of Nature becomes a doorway to the Infinite" Josh Lane, Conscious Nature Josh Lane is a nature mentor with a diverse background that includes yoga, meditation practices, holistic tracking, bird language and wilderness skills. Conscious Nature:... Continue Reading →

American Red Squirrel

Over the past few months, I have made friends with a couple of red squirrels. Well, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration. It is closer to the truth to say that we have learned to coexist on this little plot of land. The red squirrel is one of the smaller tree squirrels.... Continue Reading →

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