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It’s been a while since I contributed to the blog. Blame it on lack of time, or not finding the muse, who knows. It was not for lack of floral display or animal behavior in the yard. Sometimes you just don’t feel like doing something, and there is no exact timeline for regaining your appetite. […]

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Unfortunately, as time would have it, we were able to do very few winter walks on Cape Cod this year. We were able, however, to see a few new sites and revisit some of our old favorites. Our goal this year was to check out some of the areas on the Upper Cape, as we […]

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Thalictrum thalictroides won the race again… They are my first flowering native in the woodland garden. I am a bit surprised that there was not more of a delay. We just endured the worst winter in eons, but apparently the last few mild days were enough to awaken the plants. Many other species are pushing […]

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Redwings on notice

The winter that started with a vengeance in early February is only now showing signs of letting go. There is still plenty of snow and ice on the ground, and the grass that manages to peek through near pre-heated rocks and roadsides is presenting itself as tired and half dead. Spring is officially here in […]

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On the day after Christmas we decided to explore a new trail, this time in Chatham. Our plan was to drive to the trail, hike it for an hour or so, and then grab lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in town. I had Googled “hiking trails in Chatham” and picked the “Frost Fish […]

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We’re part of our very first garden tour organized by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History! I did a short presentation on our woodland garden a few weeks ago and now we are one of 6 gardens on the trip. Call 508 896 3867 ext. 733. The date is tomorrow, June 27. The starting […]

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It’s been a long time since I posted, even though there have been several encounters in our Cape Cod plant and animal world. We took a short break from the lingering winter, thinking that we’d have plenty of time to catch the first leaves. A good plan, but we did not plan on the fact […]

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Hare trigger

Wildlife. I love it. Aside from the many birds, it runs the gamut from chipmunks, turkeys, opposums, raccoons, squirrels to the occasional coyote. I left out Peter rabbit on purpose because he’s on my bad list lately. This herbivore seems to have developed a taste for Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort), the occasional non-native daffodil, and […]

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The spring peepers are back in orchestral mode. They first started some feeble song rehearsals on March 23. Not quite as early as last year, but commendable considering that the nights, and sometimes the days, are below 32 degrees. They had it easy last spring when it was 70 degrees out. They are not the […]

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This past winter, the Cape got hit with more snow and stormy weather than I have seen here in a few years, which put a damper on the frequency of our weekend walks. One hike we attempted became impossible because we were literally unable to find the snow-covered paths off the main road, another walk became somewhat […]

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