Posts made in November, 2014

Giving Thanks

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

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Willow: Graceful Gold

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in fall, leaves, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Willow: Graceful Gold

An empty parking lot behind the Salvation Army in Glenville, NY. Blacktop edged with flattened plastic water bottles and tattered plastic bags. Not exactly a destination spot. Not the sort of place you expect to find beauty. Yet there it is. A willow tree–a work of art. Long graceful branches, slender leaves as yellow as lemons. The last trace of autumn gold before the snow comes to bury it. There are many species of willows–which one is this? Not sure. Not a weeping willow–those are easy to identify—can’t miss those long flowing tresses. This is one of the...

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Wild Grape: Clinging Vine

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in fall, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Wild Grape: Clinging Vine

There’s something shady about vines. Look at the names we give them—creepers, stranglers, parasites—they’re the bad guys of the plant world. To those of us raised in a strict Puritan work ethic, there’s something morally dubious about a plant that can’t stand on its own two feet, so to speak. Why can’t vines support themselves and not go draping themselves all over other plants? A “clinging vine” is the very definition of weakness. But Darwin considered vines to be among the most powerful and highly-evolved plants on the planet. Vines like grapes, bittersweet and poison ivy are extremely...

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Dogwood: Lipstick Pink

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in birds, fall, seeds, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Dogwood: Lipstick Pink

Gray dogwood. One of many of the Cornus genus, a gaggle of rather dull little shrubs. It’s a nondescript bush most of the year, short, stubby, with gray twigs and floppy leaves. Nothing remarkable about it at all. Until fall, when it begins to flash the most garish shade of hot, sexy pink that you’ve ever seen on a make-up counter or nail polish bottle. The leaves turn a nice, decorous dark red, and the berries are just a bland grayish-beige–it’s the stems, of all unlikely things, that are so very pink. And like lipstick and nail polish, the bright color is meant to...

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