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Oyster mushrooms are a common fungus on deciduous trees


A friend of mine brought in a mushroom sample recently for me to identify. I smiled when I saw it. When I was a teenager, it was one of my favorites to collect. My dad and I usually found it … Continue reading

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Evening primrose is a stunning native wildflower


Everyone has seen those tall weeds with long narrow leaves and covered with cup-shaped yellow flowers. Sometimes they can grow to be five feet tall. For foragers and herbalists, it has a bounty of uses. The plant in question is … Continue reading

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Cicadas are a lot more than noisy insects


My first real experience with cicadas was back in the mid-60s in Maine. I remember riding my bicycle really fast down a hill and getting smacked in the face by one of the noisy red eyed critters. It hit me … Continue reading

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Spiderwort is a low maintenance native perennial


Some people call them widow’s tears. Others confuse them with daylilies. Still others have never even heard of them. Spiderworts are tough native plants that don’t choke out the rest of your garden residents. Our most common one is the … Continue reading

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Ground Ivy is an aggressive perennial weed


When gardeners talk about weeds the word vine usually makes them cringe. Their anxiety increases when the word mint is added to the conversation. Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is guilty on both counts. Sometimes called creeping Charlie, this perennial can … Continue reading

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Marsh pennywort can hide, and it’s tough to remove from your lawn


A while ago a gentleman asked me about a weed he had in his lawn that was keeping his new grass from establishing. He described it as having round shiny lily pad-like leaves. I thought for a minute, for there … Continue reading

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That gold stuff is not Silly String – It’s Dodder


I once overheard somebody complain that some kids killed her tomatoes with silly string. It was none of my business so I didn’t butt in, but I knew that wasn’t the problem. Driving toward the beach recently I spotted several … Continue reading

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Sometimes I wonder how people come up with crazy plant names


A common garden and lawn weed in the Southeastern US is Asiatic false hawksbeard (Youngia japonica). That’s a pretty unusual name considering hawks don’t even have beards. I honestly can’t begin to understand that one. Numerous plants have crazy names … Continue reading

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Prickly Pear is a Desert delight


Anyone who has ever walked the dunes of the outer banks has seen them. Prickly pear cacti (Optuntia sp. and Nopalea sp.) are something you definitely want to notice. I remember over 25 years ago when my oldest son came running to … Continue reading

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Creeping raspberry is a heat tolerant edible ground cover


Creeping raspberry is a heat tolerant edible ground cover I expect to see a lot more of this in the future, but before you get your hopes up it’s not really grown for its fruit. Creeping raspberry (Rubus calcynoides) is … Continue reading

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