Squawroot: image by Dr. Dennis Ross

My friend Dennis snapped this image on Saturday in Rock Castle Gorge, and I’ve taken the liberty to steal it from him this morning before I get back to my backlog of things from a busy image-gathering flurry of spring blooms from the past two weeks. You could easily miss this PLANT. It pushes its way barely above the leaf litter early on, finally rising up six or more inches, often in rather dense clusters of curiously un-green stems covered with pale irregular (not …

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Mitella diphylla, a Saxifrage known as Miterwort

Looks like a good day to add a few spring-flowering shots to the archive, sadly lacking such shots since losing my entire photo-collection in a hard drive crash back in 2001. So I have a life-purpose for the next few weeks, and it will all happen way too fast. What you see here is rarely seen at this level of detail. In fact, walking past Miterwort (or Bishop’s Cap) you’d likely not stop to be amazed at the beauty of its snowflake-petaled cap-like flowers. …

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Image via Wikipedia This morning, after the soaking rain overnight, I’ll don the heavy-duty rubber gardening gloves and work in vain on the bank of the branch just out the back door and beside the big lilac bush to clear away the garlic mustard, a European invasive, Allaria petiolata, an over-wintering biennial first introduced in North America as a potherb in colonial times. I pulled off lots of tops last year, not realizing the plant has a defense against that: a deep taproot from …

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