Category Archives: Wildflowers


Snow at last! Here it is February 2nd, Groundhog Day, the middle of the Winter season, but now it actually looks like Winter. I never would have thought that I would actually have missed the stuff, but it sure is good to see some. Now if all of my plants haven't frozen solid and died […]


The deep freeze of Winter has set in. For a while I was beginning to wonder. I still wonder. The first lasting snowfall in the Pioneer Valley has always been at different times. I remember years when it was before Halloween and other years when it was after Christmas. But here it is the end […]

Last and First

The last of the flowers are gone for this Autumn and Winter is fast approaching. In my list of Wildflowers the last plant to be in flower – on around November 11, is Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana An unusual characteristic is that it flowers after it's leaves have died. Each flower with it's 4, very […]


Many years ago a college professor said that when the asters started to appear he knew Autumn was on the way. At the time, I didn't appreciate the usefulness of using flower cycles as a seasonal clock, but as I have grown to know more of such things, I too now recognize their appearance as […]