Redbud Cauliflory

Redbuds exhibit cauliflory, development of flowers and fruits on the main stem. Occasionally, they also mass those flowers and fruits in a "corsage-like" aspect. Take a look.
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Jim Chatfield

A Woodland Wildflower Wonderland

It wasn't too long ago that we had snow flurries across Ohio. This week, the woodlands in Northwest Ohio were covered with a different kind of white - (mostly) white blossoms! Many of Ohio's spring woodland wildflowers are in full bloom this week. These are ephemeral bloomers, meaning they only bloom for a short period each year. So if you have a chance to walk through the woods this week, see if you can spot a few of these beauties...and more!

 

Claytonia virginica.  Spring wouldn't be spring without spring beauties!  These delicate and prolific harbingers of...

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Beth Scheckelhoff

Is it Time to Plant Your Vegetable Garden? Check the Soil Temperature!

This time of the year everyone is anxious to get out and begin planting their vegetable garden. You may have spent the last few months browsing the seed catalogs and dreaming about fresh tomatoes from your garden.  Also you may have recently noticed vegetable transplants at your local retailers however this does not necessarily mean it is time to start planting.  Few gardeners check the soil temperature before planting, yet it is probably the most important factor affecting seed germination and plant growth. Planting too early, before allowing the soil to warm up,...

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Julie Crook

A Little Whiff of... Voodoo!

My friend Nick Reiter calls me up and says a plant-loving friend, Karen Jeric, has a plant that I MUST see and experience.  Okay, I thought, I’m always ready for a plant discovery experience and besides, I can write a BYGL Alert about it!   We arrange a way to social distance and pick up my “plant experience”.  I sneak a peek at the plant wrapped up and as I do, I get SMACKED right between the eyes… in my olfactory! 

 

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Erik Draper

Shrub of the Week: Yellowroot

Yellowroot, Xanthorhiza simplicissima, is a member of the Ranunculaceae that few people in Ohio are familiar with. When I began working at Secrest Arboretum in 2010 I learned Xanthorhiza from Ken Cochran as a plant that could be grown in dry shade beneath white pines. After the 2010 tornado we moved clumps of the plant to new areas to help cover open areas. At the time I wasn’t impressed with it, except for the...

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Paul Snyder