Tag Archives: dioecious

Pussy willows tell us spring is on the way


I know we’ve had some rough weather for this area. We’ve had substantial damage to some of our landscaping too. However, some shrubs have begun to awaken from their slumber. I’m speaking of pussy willows (Salix sp.). There are many … Continue reading

Posted in foraging | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

There are three types of kiwis and we can grow them all here in eastern North Carolina


Nearly everyone is familiar with the fuzzy green fleshed kiwi fruits (Actinidia deliciosa)  in grocery stores. Their taste is sweet and tart at the same time. The flavor reminds me of blackberries. Best of all, kiwi vines grow well in … Continue reading

Posted in foraging | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winterberry Holly is a striking deciduous shrub


Too often people choose not to include shrubs that lose their leaves when landscaping their homes. They want their grounds to be green all year. I agree that landscaping should enhance property during all seasons, but there are some deciduous … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plants can’t get much more unique than the ginkgo tree


Some botanists call them living fossils. Ginkgo biloba is the only species remaining from a Division of plants that went extinct thousands of years ago. It is one of the most primitive plants still in existence, but it thrives in … Continue reading

Posted in foraging | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Persimmons – Sweet Gems of the Fall


The persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is one of the true delicacies of the southeastern states.  They grow as far north as southern Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and west to east Texas and Oklahoma.  We are in the … Continue reading

Posted in foraging | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments