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Echinocystis Erupts

A week ago, I wrote about my discovery of the native plant Echinocystis lobata, the wild cucumber. This morning, the specimen I collected shared with me a little surprise. Though I had severed the fruit from the vine, it remained alive, developing as it ordinarily would, given that this time do year, vines in the [...]

Little plant disaster: a touch-me-this discovery

Dad: Why did you take so long coming up the hill?

Son: Oh, I was just looking at those pink plants by the road.

Dad: Did you like the flowers?

Son: They were OK, but I really like the seed pods. Do you know what they do?

Dad: Yes; just be sure not to bring [...]

Comfort in a Voluntary Lamb’s Ear

Angry and frustrated, I stepped outside today and spied this volunteer Lamb’s Ear on the way to a task. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to lean down and have a pet. Soft. Ah. Soft. Better.

Comfort in a Voluntary Lamb's Ear

Angry and frustrated, I stepped outside today and spied this volunteer Lamb’s Ear on the way to a task. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to lean down and have a pet. Soft. Ah. Soft. Better.