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Campus Goes Native

Look how beautiful this Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is, planted just outside the University’s executive offices in Walsh-Ellett Hall. This lovely shrub is evidence that our native plants rightfully have an important place in landscaping. Many thanks to our grounds

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Campus Goes Native

Look how beautiful this Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is, planted just outside the University’s executive offices in Walsh-Ellett Hall. This lovely shrub is evidence that our native plants rightfully have an important place in landscaping. Many thanks to our grounds

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Beautiful and Aggressive

 Here’s multiflora rose, a pushy relative of our native and cultivated roses. Its fragrance is the only thing sweet about it. No wall flower this — in fact if multiflora rose finds itself growing beside a wall, it will clamber over it and up

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Beautiful and Aggressive

 Here’s multiflora rose, a pushy relative of our native and cultivated roses. Its fragrance is the only thing sweet about it. No wall flower this — in fact if multiflora rose finds itself growing beside a wall, it will clamber over it and up

ragwort

Sneezing? Don’t Blame Me!

 I’m ragWORT — not ragWEED. See my beautiful yellow flowers? Yes, they’re loaded with pollen, but it’s sticky pollen that clumps together for easy transport by bees and other pollinators that are attracted to me by my beautiful yellow “come hither”

ragwort

Sneezing? Don’t Blame Me!

 I’m ragWORT — not ragWEED. See my beautiful yellow flowers? Yes, they’re loaded with pollen, but it’s sticky pollen that clumps together for easy transport by bees and other pollinators that are attracted to me by my beautiful yellow “come hither”

daisy

Cool Pollination Strategy

 This daisy and its relatives in the Aster Family have it figured out when it comes to pollination strategy. The myriad tiny yellow disk flowers (“florets”) in the center of this roadside inflorescence stagger their maturation: those on the outside

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Cool Pollination Strategy

 This daisy and its relatives in the Aster Family have it figured out when it comes to pollination strategy. The myriad tiny yellow disk flowers (“florets”) in the center of this roadside inflorescence stagger their maturation: those on the outside

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Riddle Me This

  Here’s a question: How is it that pink lady’s-slippers ever get pollinated? They have no fragrance that I can discern and offer no pollen or nectar. And yet, every now and then you can find one that’s been pollinated

pink l-s

Riddle Me This

  Here’s a question: How is it that pink lady’s-slippers ever get pollinated? They have no fragrance that I can discern and offer no pollen or nectar. And yet, every now and then you can find one that’s been pollinated

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Fall Creek Falls Spring Flowers

On the last day of April, Dr. Evans and I made a trip to Fall Creek Falls with the goal of locating the permanent plots that his lab group will survey this summer. These six 1 ha plots were set up

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Fall Creek Falls Spring Flowers

On the last day of April, Dr. Evans and I made a trip to Fall Creek Falls with the goal of locating the permanent plots that his lab group will survey this summer. These six 1 ha plots were set up

nature jnaling

Nature Journaling Moves Outside

Mornings have warmed up enough for the natural journaling group to move outside for sketching on Thursday mornings. The group meets at Trink’s Terrace in Abbo’s Alley 9-11 AM. No charge — no drawing skill needed. Just an interest in

nature jnaling

Nature Journaling Moves Outside

Mornings have warmed up enough for the natural journaling group to move outside for sketching on Thursday mornings. The group meets at Trink’s Terrace in Abbo’s Alley 9-11 AM. No charge — no drawing skill needed. Just an interest in