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Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) Blooms at Rockcliff Farm

In early April, nearly one hundred Galearis spectabilis, the Showy Orchis, began to bud and bloom on a steep gorge within seventy five yards of the Wells house at Rockcliff Farm.  The most remarkable part of this orchid irruption is that a blooming Galearis … Continue reading

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Bird’s-Foot Violets (Viola pedata) on the Road to Rockcliff Farm

A sunny, roadside ditch is not the place you would normally expect to find colorful, showy violets, but that is exactly the environment that Viola pedata, the Bird’s-Foot Violet, prefers.  Patches of this violet were seen recently during a roadside … Continue reading

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Heritage Day is April 8th at Rock Cliff Farm

The B. W. Wells Association will host Heritage Day at  Rock Cliff Farm, B. W. Wells State Recreation Area, 1630 Bent Road, Wake Forest, North Carolina, on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Rain or Shine.  There are no admission … Continue reading

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Recognition of Winter Annuals – Part 2

The purpose of Part 2 is to provide additional information about the plants introduced in Part 1, and in most cases, to  illustrate their mature form.  Some of the plants change form completely while others change very little from their … Continue reading

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Recognition of Winter Annuals – Part 1

Winter annuals have been appearing in gardens, lawns and landscapes for the past several months. These plants can be recognized through their characteristic shapes, and peculiarities, with a special focus on leaves since many will not bloom until spring.  The human brain has an incredible capacity … Continue reading

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Mulberry Weed (Fatoua villosa) – an Unwelcome Intruder

Mulberry Weed, Fatoua villosa, is an oddity – the only member of the Mulberry family (the Moraceae) in the Southeast that is a herbaceous plant rather than a shrub or a tree.  Originally from East Asia, it is a relatively … Continue reading

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A Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) Creates an Unusual Ice Bloom

From a distance it looked like a white plastic bag that had been snagged on the dead stem of a weed.  On closer inspection, it turned out to be a Frostweed (Verbesina virginica), with an ice sculpture wrapped around its stem.  … Continue reading

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