Native Plants

Identifying Wildflowers

Identifying Wildflowers

This past Sunday, Hubby and I drove to the Blue Ridge Parkway and did a little hiking. The trail above is called the Smart Loop Trail and it is gorgeous. It wanders for 2.6 miles around a large picnic area and campground, but it traverses […]

The Ominous Genus Oenothera

The Ominous Genus Oenothera

Say that three times fast: ominous genus Oenothera. In English? I planted the wrong type of Oenothera (Evening Primrose) in my garden when I first moved into my house, and I’m still battling its invasive nature. Native perennial or not, the pink Oenothera speciosa is […]

Avoid Planting Nandina

Avoid Planting Nandina

Avoid planting Nandina (Nandina domesticata) in the garden if you love attracting birds to your garden. Some birds such as Cedar Waxwings have been poisoned by the berries. Here’s what you need to know about Nandina. Why You Should Avoid Planting Nandina in the Garden […]

Falling in Love with Weeds: Rattlesnake Weed

Falling in Love with Weeds: Rattlesnake Weed

Every once in a while, I fall in love…with a weed. That’s what happened this week with¬†Hieracium venosum (Rattlesnake weed). My compost pile is on the edge of the woods, tucked under the rise of the hill that encompasses the perennial garden. I also dump […]

Virginia Wildflowers

Virginia Wildflowers

My friend, fellow writer and Master Gardener, Cynthia Wood, has started a great project documenting one of Virginia’s natural treasures – Virginia wildflowers, specifically local wild flowers at Bear Creek State Park and Holliday Lake State Park (one of my favorite local hiking spots.)¬† She […]