Category Archives: plant parts

Dandelion: Easy to Grow

All winter and spring I try and try to get plants to grow. I pamper cranky houseplants, sprinkle seeds into pots and encourage them to grow into seedlings. I cheer for each crocus that pokes up through the snow, celebrate each brave hint of green, the first … Continue reading

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Bee Balm: A Good Bet

I admit it. It’s an addiction. The first step is admitting it, right? Much as I love nature and wild things, I just can’t pass up a greenhouse. There’s something about all those plants, spread out in a wild crazy … Continue reading

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Poison Ivy: The Furry Plant

Now that’s a really hairy vine. There’s an old saying: “Hairy vine, a danger sign.” The fuzzy pelt on this vine is the sure indicator of poison ivy. And yes you can get a rash from the vine–from almost all parts … Continue reading

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Garlic Mustard: The Time is Ripe

Time to get rid of it. Garlic mustard. Sounds tasty, doesn’t it? It’s a pretty little wildflower with lovely white blossoms. The leaves have an attractively scalloped edge, and a savory garlic taste, a fantastic addition to salads, quiche, and … Continue reading

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All Roads Lead to Dandelions

No matter where you go these days, it seems there’s a dandelion at your feet–or under your feet. The beginning of May is when dandelions run riot. This is a cobbled pathway in Central Park, New York City. The dandelions don’t … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Fern: Summer Plumes

Cinnamon Fern. Osmundastrum cinnamomeum. (At least that’s the Latin name as of the moment, they seem to keep on changing names and reclassifying plants more often than I change my socks.) Many thanks to Frank Knight for this lovely photo–what a nice … Continue reading

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Dandelion: Grow Anywhere

A walk down 125th Street in Harlem, New York City, on a cold spring afternoon. Cement, blacktop, cars. Bare branches. Not much green. Nothing in bloom.  But a closer look revealed a spark of color. This was my first sighting for … Continue reading

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