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Plants Maps – Now With Maps!

A few months ago, I asked the rhetorical question, What kind of Plants Map has no map? I was referring to a web site called Plants Map, which is aspiring to serve as a kind of social media network for gardeners. It’s a great idea, but at the time, what stood out about Plants Map [...]

What Kind Of Plants Map Has No Map?

Update: Plants Map has now added mapping to its web site, and it makes a huge change. The site, which is really a budding social network for gardeners, suddenly makes a great deal of sense. I’m making my account active, and I’m hoping to see the site grow in the future.

It’s almost May. It’s [...]

Apply Reality With Herbal Remedies For A Cut Finger

What is a wounded person supposed to do in wintertime, when all the plants listed here are dormant, without fresh leaves or flower petals? Are they advised to walk south until they reach Florida? [...]

Thistle

Weed, wildflower, free birdfeeder, or something else?

Phytoeradication

Which forms of non-toxic plant life would you be happy to eradicate?

Fern Fiddlehead Friday

It once was lawn where these ferns used to grow, but now, in the lee of a row of stacked firewood, there is permission for a higher kind of leaf. Every year, the size of the patch expands, as these ferns don’t just blow in on the wind as spores, but also take on new [...]

Rick Santorum Talks To Plants About Science

Rick Santorum seems not to understand that plants are not experts on climatology. Plants don’t understand science. Plants don’t have brains. [...]

Five Plants To Lose Time By

Japanese maple for the light filtering through the overlapping leaves

Tall grass for the separation between the leaves and the seed heads

Mint for its mist of pollinators

Catalpa for the absurdly large beanness of it

Apple for the deer it brings

Stump Garden

From the crevice left by the disintegration of the pith of a fallen cedar, moss and ferns.

Japanese Beetle Bug Traps: Is there a Catch?

While some nature lovers among us may declare that Japanese beetles are a part of nature and should be permitted to chomp away at the greenery, I don’t find myself among that set. For one thing, if we want to extend that line of thinking, then clearly humans are a part of nature too; should [...]

The Plants In Your Life

The health of my own foxgloves is currently in question, as they have suddenly withered, right after flowering, leaves and flowers alike turning a crispy brown in the middle of rainy weather. [...]