Category Archives: Native

Ode to Coastal Plants

Located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, Cape May Point is not only a fabulous place to enjoy the ocean, but this tiny beach town is home to tons of wildlife. Home of Cape May Point State Park, a prime destination for viewing birds, butterflies, dragonflies (swarms actually), ghost crabs, painted turtles, and bottlenose dolphin. If you are craving more wildlife, just a small bike trip north of Cape May Point lies The South Cape May Meadows Preserve, a newly restored coastal ecosystem managed by the Nature Conservancy. Both places are well-known to avid birders, but they are a haven for plant lovers as well.
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Useful, Elegant Ferns For Moist Soils

Ferns are definitely underutilized in most gardens. Yet, if you have a ‘garden situation’, there is more than likely some fern that will grow and thrive there. Wet shade can be a wonderful situation if you choose your plants wisely. Two native ferns that top my list for plants adapted to moist (or even wet) conditions are the Cinnamon Fern, Osmunda cinnamomea, and the Interrupted Fern, Osmunda claytoniana. Continue reading

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Short, But Sweet: Fragrance for the Spring Garden

Spring has come, and left me with little time to blog. This is a short, but sweet homage to some of my favorite fragrant plants. They are delightful additions to any Spring garden, especially for you fragrance enthusiasts. Continue reading

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Sanguinaria canadensis, Bloodroot

This is an early spring ephemeral, with clear white blossoms that wake with the sun and close for the night. It blooms right before our deciduous forests leaf out. Continue reading

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To Pull Or Not To Pull?

Can you tell the difference between these two plants? The answer is important, at least to the wildlife and native plants displaced by one of them. These two plants grow side by side in my garden, and at one point I had to do a double take to make sure I pulled the correct species. Continue reading

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