Author Archives: Angelyn

Beautiful bountiful boneset

Back in April, the boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) patch looked really lush.  Recently, the boneset has been putting up flower heads: Today, after checking in with the deva of the boneset, I began harvesting some of the lower leaves before they … Continue reading

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Wild yam

I’ve been keeping my eye on this wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) since I first spotted it this spring.  The photo (above) shows how well it’s grown as of a couple weeks ago.  Here are more photos of its progress from … Continue reading

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Spotted St. John’s wort

I love Spotted St. John’s wort (Hypericum punctatum).  What excites me the most about it is the fact that it is loaded with hypericin — one of the medicinal components of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).  The hypericin accounts for … Continue reading

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Those pesky keys in field guides

Once upon a time . . . many years ago . . .  I hiked in the woods and found beautiful wildflowers and wondered what their names might be.  So I purchased a field guide with lovely color photos and … Continue reading

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Hail

Another summer thunderstorm moved through this afternoon.  Oh my. . . that sounds like hail! Watching out the window, I saw hail coming down and it got bigger . . . and bigger . . . and I couldn’t believe … Continue reading

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Bluebird tales

So. . . I’ve built two bluebird houses over the years and one of them tends to be a home for chickadees while the other has been occupied by bluebirds. (The photo above shows this year’s chickadee babies in the … Continue reading

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Pink lady’s slipper

Magnificent!  And right on time . . . the pink lady’s slippers are blooming.  This year I found two of these delightful flowers.  Last year I could only find one. When bending close to the flower and getting your nose … Continue reading

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Hummingbird clearwing moth

As I was standing over the newly blooming sage, admiring its purple color and the size of the plant, I noticed a new pollinator.  I watched for a bit, knowing that I was seeing a hummingbird moth for the first … Continue reading

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Could this be comfrey?

I found this plant in the woods last July and could not figure out what it was.  The leaves reminded me of the comfrey plant (shown below). And yet, the leaves are really quite different.  So I waited.  I saw … Continue reading

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Spring flowers keep on a-comin’

A friend gifted this particular Trillium grandiflorum to me three years ago.  Each year it comes back more splendidly.  This year I saw it with as many as seven blossoms at the same time.  I believe the ants are doing … Continue reading

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