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Monday, February 6, 2023

Yes, (West) Virginia, there is a native geranium!

Geranium can be found growing wild in West Virginia.
SUNSHINE FARM, W.Va. — When it became my turn to present my current story proposal at our regular editorial board meeting, my pitch was...

West Virginia native plant ideal groundcover in shade

Meehania cordata blossoms at Sunshine Farm and Gardens Wholesale Nursery.
When botanist Thomas Meehan died in 1901, I'm sure he went to the big forest in the sky feeling proud that Nathaniel Lord Britton...

Sarvis Tree blossoms signal the arrival of mountain spring

A sarvis tree blossoms on the edge of a barnyard in Wyoming County near Twin Falls State Park.
Seasons can come and go in the temperate regions of the world with many false starts, but in the Appalachian Mountains, folks know spring...

Native Solomon's Seal ideal for wild and shade gardens

Sunshine Farm and Gardens Wholesale Nursery near Lewisburg, West Virginia.
If you’ve read any of my past diatribes, you know that I favor scientific botanical nomenclature above common names. That’s caused many readers to...

Native W.Va. garden plant may go unnoticed in the wild

A bed of Hydrophyllum virginianum comes into flower.
A picture speaks a thousand words, and that’s a good thing because I have a lot to say about this plant that could best...

Remarkable orchid's single leaf persists through winter in W.Va.

The remarkable leaf of Tipularia discolor stands out on the forest floor.
You may have to stretch your imagination a wee bit to embrace the common name of this very interesting West Virginia resident. That plant,...

Ramp harvesting ends in national parks in southern W.Va.

Ramps in southern W.Va.
Due to an observed decline in their population, ramps may no longer be harvested on properties managed by the National Park Service in southern...

Create your own woodland paradise in the backyard

A gardener has terraced a woodland area to accommodate ferns and other woodland plants.
I guess I’d have to attribute my love of woodland gardening to Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling MGM heartthrob of the '30s, '40s, and '50s....

Native blue lobelia provides ideal color in early autumn

Lobelia siphilitica blossoms brilliant blue in late August through mid-September.
These days it seems that just about every gardener I speak with is searching for pollinator plants. There’s a major focus on Lobelia cardinalis,...

Name change reflects expansion of W.Va. wildflower event

Blue phlox blossom in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
Officials with the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve say the expansion of the park's annual wildflower event from one weekend to two...

Rare West Virginia wildflower named for Thomas Jefferson

Jeffersonia diphylla blossoms at Sunshine Farm & Gardens in the Greenbrier Valley.
During this Corona pandemic, silver linings aren’t that difficult to uncover. Take the air in our major cities: at no time in our industrial...

Hearty beech fern ideal for the West Virginia garden

A Phegopteris hexagonoptera specimen stays lush even in droughty conditions.
Before we commence chatting about my favorite fern of all time, let’s get the nomenclature out of the way (nomenclature: a fancy, two-bit word...


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