Category Archives: Wildflowers

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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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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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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Hard and fast light

After a couple hours of pulling weeds from around the berry plants (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and some of the strawberries), I looked up from my task and noticed the trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) blooming.  Well, I just had to get a … Continue reading

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Transplanting with curiosity

As I sat down to wrestle with dividing an overgrown hosta plant into smaller sections (for transplanting), I noticed other wonderful weeds growing nearby.  There’s the golden ragwort getting ready to bloom . . . . . . the daisy … Continue reading

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You’ll Rue the Day . . . a Tale of Two Plants

The following article was contributed by Linda Thoman, Lifetime Georgia Master Gardener and Keep Morgan Beautiful volunteer coordinatoor Rue in history & literature (Chuck Lower, UGA emeritus, leads a Shakespeare Reading Group in Madison, GA called “Shakespeare lives here”) : … Continue reading

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Woods wandering

On this gorgeous fall day I decided to wander the woods in an area I infrequently visit — the slope above my house.  I found two of these American chestnut (Castanea dentata) trees.  No, they are not large because most … Continue reading

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Dandelion pumpkin soup

I’ve been harvesting dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) lately.  Some of the plants are now sitting in their menstruum for the next six weeks as I make a dandelion tincture from the whole plant.  I found some really beautiful dandelion leaves and … Continue reading

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