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Has it been a year?

Time flies, they say. I can’t believe it’s been a year since we launched this blog. Activity has been rather sparse the last month or two – fall brings a natural tendency to quieten things down, with colors turning to brown. There are no new plants to talk about this time of year, although we […]

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For two years I have watched what I believe to be the same group of woodpeckers interact at the suet feeder in my Cape Cod backyard. One species, the “downy woodpecker”, tends to feed most often at the suet feeder. You can tell a downy woodpecker’s gender by its coloration – the males have a red spot on their heads […]

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I have to admit, I was one of the people the blog post below rants about. I simply did not care about nature for most of my life. Places without lots of people seemed “boring”. But two circumstances changed that for me. When deciding where to travel I used to only consider cities – places where I […]

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Last rant of summer

Hey son, look at these minnows. Honey, check out the beachplum. I’ve overheard statements like this all summer long, and everytime I feel like interjecting myself to make the correction – they are not minnows, which are a fresh water fish, but mummichog. And those aren’t beachplum, they are Rosa rugosa. Nitpicking, maybe, but it […]

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Early fall?

It’s labor day and the weather isn’t half bad actually – the sun has been able to penetrate the cloud cover and we got a nice beach day out of it on the bay. Ever since Irene hit, however, there is a distinct fall feel and smell in the air – it’s much colder at […]

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Irene

Irene hit Cape Cod on Sunday August 28. It was mainly a wind event, taking with it branches and leaves of the white oak and black locust trees. The latter (Robinia pseudoacacia) were decimated, in fact. The trees look like bare pencils with some remnants of the compound leaves. One specimen – my favorite because […]

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This vine is native to eastern North America and can be found in roadside hedges here and there on Cape Cod. The highway beautification crews up in the Boston area use this vine to cover the sound barriers along Route 93. It is often planted for its attractive, reddish orange, and sometimes yellow flowers. It […]

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For the past two months I have been on a bug killing spree. I am guilty of being a very non-eco friendly person lately in my treatment of bugs and I am not happy about it.  I would definitely never make it in one of those religions where you’re forbidden to kill living things. First I committed premeditated […]

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I love cats, but I have about had it with my neighbor’s kitty. He has been spending an inordinate amount of time in my yard – perhaps because of all the wild vegetation and lovely birds. All the things I love about my yard, he seems to love too. Places to hide, things to eat. I […]

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Well, I am not really assessing anything – I only wanted to highlight the fact that I am taking a break today from yard and garden work. Not that the garden is not assessment-worthy: There have been some accomplishments and early successes: The woodland garden in front of the house holds pretty much all the […]

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