November 2019: Fall Fruit

Ellen Honeycutt Left: Ediible fruit of persimmon (Diospyros virginiana). Right: Fruit capsule of hearts a bustin’ (Euonymus americanus). Fall is often a time associated with nice foliage colors, but I like to also appreciate some of the fruit that ripens in the fall.... read more

October 2019: Plant Spotlight: Goldenrod

Ellen Honeycutt Left: Blue-stem goldenrod (Solidago caesia) is an option for partly shaded gardens. Center: Monarchs enjoy the nectar of goldenrods, including this downy goldenrod (Solidago petiolaris). Right: Gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis) is a great plant to... read more

September 2019: Plant Spotlight: Do You Have the Native Beautyberry?

Ellen Honeycutt Compare the American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) on the left to an Asian species (C. japonica) on the right. Note how large the leaves are, relative to the berries, and how close the berries grow to the stem of the American species. [Left photo... read more

August 2019: Rudbeckia laciniata

Ellen Honeycutt Cut-leaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) is a tall and sparsely-petaled member of the family, here being visited by an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus). Rudbeckia is a genus name most often associated with the common name... read more

July 2019: Annual Rose-Pink

Ellen Honeycutt While many folks speed past roadside plants, some of us like to take a look at what’s going on there. Certainly, this is a phrase my husband would rather not hear: “Oh, what was that blooming? Can we go back and see?” My friend and fellow GNPS member... read more

June 2019: Milkweeds for Your Garden

Ellen Honeycutt Although monarch butterflies and their dependence on milkweek foliage get most of the attention, other pollinators like bees and tiger swallowtails also enjoy milkweed nectar. If you like to garden for butterflies, you have probably been persuaded that... read more

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