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When we aren’t looking …

This short video, “Carnivorous Plants,” was created in response to an animation assignment at California Institute of the Arts by student Seth Boyden. It’s really, really cute…and very well done!

According to the artist, the following plants are featured in the video: Dionaea muscipula, Nepenthes alata, Sarracenia flava, Drosera capensis, Drosera dichotoma, Pinguicula vulgaris and Sarracenia purpurea

Happy viewing! And TGIF!

Buck(eye) Wild

I was driving along the road from Ocean Isle Beach to Sunset one day when I thought I noticed something red streak by. Red isn’t that common along coastal roadsides; shades of green, tan, and gray tend to dominate. It’s a subtle palette, and one that makes other colors stand out. I turned the car around.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

It’s funny how exciting it can be to see something so familiar in an unfamiliar place. Even if red buckeye is native to NC, I usually see it as a garden plant.

Red Buckeye at the NC coast

It’s a pretty sight out here along the road with the Intracoastal Waterway behind it. Don’t you love the teeny live oak in the distance? It looks as if it’s standing right in the water.

Little Bits of Green

Are you starting to notice weeds showing up in your yard and around the neighborhood? I saw all of these during a stroll around the block yesterday:

  • Chickweed (Stellaria media), with blooms
  • Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta), with blooms
  • Wild garlic (Allium vineale)
  • Dead nettle (Lamium purpureum)
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), with blooms
  • Corn speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

These plants have been food and medicine historically, and they’re certainly welcome live greenery this time of year. But whether you use them or just remove them, they’re a good excuse to get outside and spend some time in the garden.


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