By Ken Moore
Iâ€™m returning to the words and paintings of Cornelia Phillips Spencer, who took a closer look at our local flora 139 years ago.
By Carol Ann McCormick
Guest Flora Columnist
The earliest gingko trees were found in the Middle Jurassic (180 million years ago), and the seeds were probably dispersed by carrion-eating dinosaurs.
Many years ago I learned that â€œplant nutâ€ is an endearing term for any man or woman who is truly passionate about plants.
It is hard for us not to see time through the lens of our species; humans have life spans measured in decades, at most about a century.
Lichens are pioneer plants, colonizers on boulders and other bare surfaces, slowly developing layers of soil particles for the establishment of larger plant communities.
Itâ€™s time to begin gathering fruit from our native persimmon, Diospyros virginiana.
Before I launch into this weekâ€™s Flora story, I want to describe my plans for the next couple of months.
â€œLate summer woodsâ€ is Cornelia Phillips Spencerâ€™s description, in the â€œYoung Ladyâ€™s Columnâ€ of The N.C. Presbyterian, Oct. 8, 1873, of a late-summer walk.
I am constantly surprised by the amazing succession of cool blooms, leaf shapes and plant forms.
I love the new landscaping around the three buildings of the N.C. Botanical Gardenâ€™s visitor education center.
Please donâ€™t blame hay-fever sneezes and stuffy noses on beautiful goldenrod.
Several years ago I received a call from Bill Massengale, who was keen about the history of the California coastal redwood standing tall in front of his law office.
I had all but given up on the reappearance of my very favorite annual wildflower, jimsonweed, which usually appears in the yard and garden by early June.
I donâ€™t think a day goes by that I donâ€™t reflect on Weaver Street Market staff member Teresa Hutsonâ€™s response in February.
Accompanied by a dozen Citizen readers on July 4, I revisited the Carolina lilies on Occoneechee Mountain.