One of the truly bizarre flower species that grows native to my home area, passionflowers are a strange sight to behold. Their exotic appearance certainly made me doubt their native status in my younger days. While researching this genus, I discovered that Spanish missionaries used the various parts of the flower (the arrangement of the… Read More Passionflower
Today’s TTN video is about another gorgeous native wildflower, the beardtongue. Each new flower discovery we make has made our daily nature walks more and more exciting. Enjoy the beardtongues! If you have any suggestions for future topics you’d like to see in this blog, please leave them in the comments! *All photos… Read More Beardtongue
This wildflower has always been one of my favorites. I was absolutely delighted when I happened upon a rather large stand of these unusually shaped flowers this spring along the lakeside trail in Durant Nature Park. One thing I learned while making this video is that this flower is related to both the peace lily… Read More Jack in the Pulpit
Today’s TTN vlog is about the partridgeberry. This plant is teensy! It grows along the ground, and can easily be overshadowed by larger, showier plants. However, when it’s winter time, partridgeberry is often the only splash of color one sees, surrounded by a sea of brown leaves and bare twigs and branches. If you… Read More Partridgeberry
The latest TTN video blog is up! In this video, we look at the flowers of arrowleaf ginger (Hexastylis arifolia), also known as the little brown jug. They are surprisingly cryptic, and completely fascinating! As it turns out, the flowers have a faint ginger smell to them, which attracts fungus gnats that pollinate them. Later,… Read More Little Brown Jug
The first video in the new The Triangle, Naturally video series is a video about Durant Nature Park. This park is near and dear to my heart. Not only is it close to my house, but it’s chock full of an amazing diversity of plants and animals. My kids love coming here to hike, skip stones on… Read More Why Durant?
Hello! It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been working on expanding my creative outlets, and I think I’ve finally hit upon a way to combine my interest in local natural history with my interest in making videos. The Triangle, Naturally video series! The video blog will have the same mission as this blog here,… Read More The video blog!
When we first moved into our house in North Raleigh, I noticed back beneath all our pine trees an immense amount of tangled ground cover. I just had to get back there and see what we had growing! A riot of ground cover. Most of the plants that I saw were lianas, or vines, which are defined as “climbing… Read More Know Your Neighborhood #2 – What’s that vine?