The Carrboro Farmersâ€™ Market annual Tomato Day this Saturday is a great teaching moment.
After months and months, I finally got the kayak out on the water a couple weeks ago.
Dr. W. C. Coker began the Coker Arboretum as an outdoor classroom to supplement classes on identification and ecology of North Carolina native plants.
â€œLived to learn itâ€ was A.J. Bullardâ€™s response when I queried him last week about his accumulated mulberry knowledge.
Six weeks ago I was all set to tell a story about sundrops, Oenothera fruticosa, my identification for Jock Lautererâ€™s great auntâ€™s pressed four-petaled, yellow, early-May wildflower in â€œA Thousand Words.â€
Citizen reader Mary Ayers recently suggested that I might enjoy seeing a beautiful red-fruited mulberry tree out on Union Grove Road at the edge of a farm field.
This Saturday is the American Hiking Societyâ€™s 20th National Trails Day.
Two blue-flowered beauties have taken center stage during my recent walkabouts.
This week I was planning a Flora story inspired by the pressed-flower specimen in Jock Lautererâ€™s Great Aunt Myra Baldwinâ€™s 1943 diary described in a recent â€œA Thousand Words.â€
Flora has annually eulogized the universityâ€™s 200-plus-year-old â€œPolk Place Persimmon.â€
A friend visiting from the Carolina mountains inquired of some local folks about locations of spectacular wildflower displays here in the Piedmont.
Legendary English gardener and writer Vita Sackville-West described spiderwort as â€œâ€¦ a plant I like very much, sometimes called the Trinity Flower, owing to its three petals of a rich violet, curiously lurking amongst the grassy leaves.â€
With three parted leaves like the traditional shamrock, the wood-sorrels are calling out to us these days from sunny and shady locations.
Cool, moist interludes during this early warm spring provide optimal conditions for a lingering presence of our wildflowers.
It is so interesting to watch the unfolding of the new landscape slowly emerging around the N.C. Botanical Gardenâ€™s new building complex.