Notes from a Plant Nerd: Red Maple Winter
There’s a change in the air every year around this time. A subtle shift in energy. Days start getting longer, and sunset occurs later each day. Birdsong sings louder in the morning, and the sounds of wood frogs echo through the valleys.
Notes from a plant nerd: Winter moss gathers no stones
Among my favorite types of plants that grow year-round, and tend to especially shine in the wintertime, are mosses.
Notes from a plant nerd: Winter Green
While there are many plants that stay green throughout the winter, there is only one plant known as wintergreen.
Notes from a Plant Nerd: The winter forest
I love walking in the woods in the wintertime. Sure, there aren’t any wildflowers blooming, but there are no mosquitos to swat away, no flies or ants to bug your lunch, and no snakes to startle your path either. The long-range views visible through leafless trees give a fresh perspective to familiar trails as all the ridges and hollows are outlined starkly on the hillsides, showing evidence of water and its effect through millions of years of erosion.
Notes from a Plant Nerd: Nothing New Under the Winter Sun
Every year on the last night of December, in the dead of winter, the cries go out of “Happy New Year!” We toast our old acquaintance, kiss our sweethearts, celebrate the highs and drown the lows of the previous twelve months in a night of revelry.
Building a better Christmas tree: Research station aims to provide world’s best firs
Like any other farmers, Christmas trees growers in Western North Carolina are always looking for ways to grow more and better product.
Notes from a plant nerd: Happy Holly Days
There are many different plants that Appalachian mountainfolk have used for centuries in their decorations and celebrations on or around the winter solstice.
Notes from a plant nerd: Leftover Cranberries
Many of us may be tired of cranberries by now, having eaten our fill, and then some, at our recent fall harvest celebrations. And whether you were on team fresh cranberry sauce, or you prefer the canned cranberries, you ate the fruit of a plant native to North America called large cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon).
Notes from a plant nerd: Aster Family Plants, the Stars of Summer!
Often, when I am giving my introductory talk on the guided wildflower walks I lead, I invite people to play the “What’s That Plant?” game. This is one of my favorite games to play, and the rules are simple. As we are walking along, if anyone notices a plant or flower that I haven’t seen or taught about yet, they can ask, “Hey Adam, what’s this plant?”
Notes from a plant nerd: Rhododendron, showman of the Southern Apps
Throughout Southern Appalachia, rhododendrons can be found growing and blooming. And what a show they put on. With flower colors running from white, to pink, to purple with large and small flowers, rhododendrons are among the most iconic flowers in all of Western North Carolina and can be found growing in most of the many and varied ecosystems in these mountains.