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Do Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Do Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

Is it only us? Are we humans the only ones to get poison ivy’s dreaded skin rash? Or do other species of animals get poison ivy? When your dog chases a rabbit into the poison ivy patch, is the dog in trouble? Is the rabbit? Humans are the worst victims of the sneaky three-leaved plant, and as far as I’ve been able to discover, humans are the only species to have such an extreme dermatitis reaction. I suppose it’s possible that penguins or goldfish are highly sensitive to poison ivy, too, but this seems to be an area of science that is amazingly under-researched. In unusual...

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Three Rocks A Day

Posted by on May 17, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Three Rocks A Day

I’m going to build rock wall. That’s what I decided, three years ago. A long rock wall along the foundation of the house and another alongside our beat-up old garage. It will look scenic, rustic, picturesque. Classic New England, Robert Frost and all that. I love rock walls, and they’re easy to build, right? After all, how hard can it be to pile one rock on top of another? I started out one bright spring day with a pile of flat stones and a lot of enthusiasm. After ten minutes, things were still going pretty well. After twenty minutes I’d dropped a rock on my finger...

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Looking For Fern Seed

Posted by on May 16, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Looking For Fern Seed

Fern seed doesn’t exist. Ferns evolved millions of years before seed-bearing plants like grasses and wildflowers, and ferns reproduce by means of spores. These dust-like specks are so tiny as to be almost invisible.

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The Beauty of Dandelions

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

The Beauty of Dandelions

Long ago, it must have seemed to the Pilgrims and pioneers as if they were on a little island of civilization in a threatening sea of wildness, and dandelions were part of their fence to keep the wilderness at bay. Nowadays, it seems as though the wild places are the fragile islands, surrounded by a rising tide of pavement.

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Ears Like A Frog

Posted by on May 14, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Ears Like A Frog

Frogs spend the winter hibernating. Peepers sleep away the coldd under logs or leaves, but in early spring they migrate to water. There, in a pond or swamp, on the first nights, the males begin to give their high, sweet call. But why does the frog chorus tune up at night?

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Cold Spring

Posted by on May 11, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Cold Spring

This spring there’s a chill in the air that isn’t only due to the weather. Spring of 2020, a season that will long be remembered. This spring will be in the history books, and not just for a mid-May snowstorm. Snow in May! Coating the new leaves, covering the greening grass. Sometimes the wintry air seems like it will never warm up. The good news is that the snow didn’t kill the new leaves, they’re still hanging on.

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