Category: Flora & Fauna

Witch hazel

On the list of winter flowering shrubs, is witch-hazel (Hamamelis sp.). In the US we have two native witch hazels,¬†Hamamelis virginiana and Hamamelis vernalis. Virginiana¬†starts flowering in October to November. Vernalis flowers later starting in December. Vernalis also holds onto its leaves. My witch…

Tree Care Means Healthy Trees

Some trees can live healthy lives even with some damage to them. Certain species can be more resilient than others, like oak trees for example. Some trees can receive only slight damage and decline very easily. There are often clear indicators that a tree…

Redbud Lemonade

The redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a native tree to Kentucky and it’s a common flowering tree found in urban landscapes too. Likely you may have one in your own yard! Bees love the flowers, and did you know the flowers are edible too? The…

Book Review- The Hidden Life of Trees

‘The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate’ by Peter Wohlleben This book has been a top seller on many book lists, including the New York Times. It’s wonderful this type of book is that popular!¬†The book presents scientific research and…

Violet Jelly

I get questions all the time on how to get rid of common blue violets (viola sororia) in the lawn. I know they are very pervasive and disturbing in a lawn, but they do have a variety of purposes for wildlife and humans! The…

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