Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery & Landscapes

Archive for March, 2007

Spring Ephemerals

Friday, March 30th, 2007

The spring ephemerals are the first to show their stuff!

BloodrootWake RobinAlways a welcome site, these little beauties bloom before the trees unfurl their leaves. As the sun starts to warm the soil, these plants burst from tubers and bulbs and put up leaves and flowers all in a few weeks. Don’t cut them for your bouquets, many of these plants do not have a perfumed scent, as in the case of the purple trillium, a.k.a. Stinking Benjamin. These “stinking” plants attract flies for pollination. The spring ephemerals are often gone from the visable landscape by summer, but they have produced seeds and stored nutrients in their bulbs by this time and will be ready for next spring.

Trout Lily

In our area we see Bloodroot, Spring Beauty, Trout Lily, Hepatica, Squirrel Corn, Dutchman’s Breeches, Trillium and Twinleaf blooming in our shade gardens and woodlands.

A Skunk in the Woods

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

If you are out for a walk and see some greenish purple coming up through the snow it’s OK.skunk cabbage

This is Symplocarpus foetidus, better known as Skunk Cabbage. The Spathe, a hoodlike structure stripped purplish and green, has a green round spadix (or flower), which looks like a tiny pineapple with the leave cut off, on the inside of the hood. As this structure is emerging it produces heat, which melts the snow.

The pineapple like part produces the odor that gives this plant its name. This less than agreeable scent attracts flies that pollinate it. As spring approaches, the large, 2+ feet tall green leaves will emerge, creating quite a show- almost tropical.

When you see skunk cabbage you know you are near a swamp. They grown in wooded wetlands.

And, when you see skunk cabbage, you know spring is near! 

many skunks

Vernal Pools

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Newt and  Marbled SalamanderIn March, when snow is still on the ground, but it’s warm enough for some rainy nights, this is the time when our region’s salamanders and other amphibians migrate towards vernal pools and ponds to breed. So on rainy nights, keep your eyes out for those little critters crossing the road.

Did you know that spring peepers use sugars in their bodies like antifreeze to keep from freezing during cold periods.

Did you also know that a spotted salamander can grow up to eight inches long and live for 25 years!

To find out more about these critters and their habitats, stop in or check out articles in “Digging deeper” on our web site or contact Kyle.

Spring Is Coming!

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

childrentrout lillyHi, everyone. Kyle and I hope you have had a great winter and are looking forward to the spring planting season! We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be resuming our regular hours (winter is appointment only) on Sunday April 22nd, which also happens to be Earth Day!

To learn more about Earth Day check out these sites:

We hope you can come by and visit. As always please contact us with any questions or help you might need as you plan your Spring planting!

-Lisa

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