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August 2016 - What’s Blooming?

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Take a look at a few of the many plants blooming at Earth Tones this August!

Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, has striking red tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds who feed on the nectar and provide pollination.

blue lobelia white lobelia
The closely related, Lobelia siphilitica, provides a range of late summer color in blooms of blue-lavender and white.

solidago juncea
The easily recognized Goldenrod (Solidago) species are in their glory as they brighten up the late summer landscape with their astounding yellow color.

hardy ageratum
Hardy Ageratum, Conoclinium coelestinum, is a friendly neighbor that is native to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It has blue fluffy flowers in late summer and grows 2-3 feet tall.

Our New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is also beginning to show off its attractive purple flowers that bloom into the fall.

Who’s Visiting the Nursery?

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Take a look at a few of the many critters enjoying the plants at Earth Tones!

American Lady
The American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis, displays the dorsal view of its wings as it rests on the Amsonia spp. in bloom.

American lady ventral
Later in the season, this American Lady visits the Purple Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) and displays the ventral view of its wings.

A skimmer dragonfly (Libellula spp.) hangs out on a currant bush (Ribes spp.).

Flower Fly
Many flower flies (family Syrphidae) mimic the appearance of stinging wasps or bees in an effort to be avoided by predators.

Bumble Bee
A bumble bee (Bombus spp.) collects pollen from the Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) flowers.

Flower Longhorns
Flower longhorn beetles (subfamily Lepturinae) are important pollinators. Here, a couple is seen on a flower of Virginia Rose (Rosa virginiana).

June 2016 - What’s Blooming?

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Take a look at a few of the many plants blooming at Earth Tones this June!

Lance-leaved Tickseed, Coreopsis lanceolata, forms stands of attractive yellow flowers.

Blue-eyed grass
Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium angustifolium, does well in poor to average soils. Flowers have yellow centers and are blue to a deep blue-violet color.

Our Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are just getting into bloom:

Want to attract butterflies to your garden?
butterfly weed
Try Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)!

mock orange
The Scentless Mock Orange, Philadelphus inodorus, is a shrub with showy white flowers.

blanket flower
Photo by Heather Turoczi. Blanket Flower, Gaillardia aristata.

virginia rose
Virginia Rose, Rosa virginiana, has pretty pink flowers in bloom!

Springtime at the Nursery

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Hello everyone! We thought you’d like to take a look at what’s blooming around the nursery now that spring is well underway! We’ve already had some of our spring ephemerals, like bloodroot and rue anemone, bloom spectacularly. Below is a photographic record of what’s coming up now, though it’s by no means a comprehensive list!

Trout lily

Trout lily, called so for its dappled leaves. Botanical name Erythronium americanum.

Eastern bluebell

Eastern bluebells, Mertensia virginica.

A species of Antennaria, or Pussytoes.
Ostrich fern

Robust ostrich fern fiddleheads, botanical name Matteuccia struthiopteris.

A species of Erigeron.
Lowbush Blueberry

Lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium.

Shagbark hickory

A young shagbark hickory (with an older one in the background), Carya ovata.

Foam flower

Foam flower, Tiarella cordifolia.



Bog Rosemary

Andromeda polifolia, Bog Rosemary.


Rhodora, or Rhododendron canadense. Does very well in wet conditions and is usually found in bogs.
Leopard frog

All these native plants create a thriving habitat for local wildlife. Here is a leopard frog, enjoying the sun in our bog!

Painted turtle

This is a new edition to our bog, baby painted turtles!
Nursery springtime


Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Vernal Pool Time

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

As the rains of late winter begin to fall and the temporary ponds that develop in our wooded areas begin to lose their ice cover, the animals that use “vernal pools” migrate to them to breed and lay their eggs.  This migration can last into early spring on rainy nights.  Once eggs are laid, the salamanders move back to the woodlands where they spend the rest of the year.  Typically salamanders travel 250-500ft to get to their pools, but there are reports of them moving over 1200ft to get to new breeding areas.
PLEASE keep your eyes on the road for salamanders, frogs, and toads migrating on these rainy nights.  The spotted salamander can live up to 25 years and grow to SIX inches in length.

Red eft: Notophthalmus viridescens Marbled salamander Ambystoma opacum

Where to See Lisa & Kyle in 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013

January 9th 12:30pm with the Easton Garden Club:

Lisa & Kyle will present “Native Plants & Their Use in the Landscape

Easton Public Library Community Room 691Morehouse Rd Easton,CT

January 10th & 11th with the Landscape Design Symposium

Lisa will be attending and networking on Native Plants in the Connecticut Landscape

Connecticut College, New London CT

January 16th 7:15pm with the Bronxville Working Gardeners

Lisa & Kyle will present “The Ecology & Benefits of using Native Plants in the Garden

Bronxville, NY

February 21st-24th at the 32nd Flower & Garden Show

Lisa & Kyle will have a display with CT Native Plants for our Landscapes

The Connecticut Convention Center Hartford CT

May 24th Women’s Club of Danbury & New Fairfield


March 21st      Enhancing your Backyard Bird Habitat

Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program
At Nonnewaug High School – Woodbury, CT
Adult Education Courses

Pictorial: Build a “BOG”

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Pictorial: The Grotto

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

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