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Salsify – isn’t that what old timers call the oyster plant because it tastes slightly like oysters?  I found a stiff plant with a yellow flower that I identified as western salsify.  Same plant? Not quite.  Western salsify (trogopogon dubius Scop) sports a yellow flower while the salsify vegetable (T. pomfolius) has purple flowers.  Actually... Read More


Recently I had to remove some turf to extend a garden of shrubs. I’m hoping the shrubs will act as a snow fence in the years to come so I don’t get snow drifts blocking my drive. Peeling back turf revealed lots of things: tiny roots from the removed grass, lots of varied-sized stones and... Read More


…Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang  from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave a lustre of midday to objects below.... Read More

Cherry canker

Late winter is the time to prune many fruit-bearing trees and vines.  I took my loppers and a step ladder to prune my cherry trees, removing crossed twigs and branches to clear out the central area and provide more air circulation. It was then I noticed a gummy substance leaking from a long “rip” on... Read More

Footprints in the Snow

What animal made these tracks?  The January sun shone across the new snow, highlighting numerous animal visits earlier today.  The day before the wind drifted the snow wiping out most tracks, but today the wind was still.  However, fluffy snow does not create sharp images so I paused to scrutinize tracks to determine the animal... Read More

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Turkeys as Urban Wildlife

I had considered blogging about urban wildlife like raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbits and other rodents in addition to a large assortment of insects and some amphibians that can be found in urban habitats.  Occasionally deer, ground hogs, and even turkeys have been seen in Easton.  A few years ago, a turkey hen explored the... Read More

Turkeys as Urban Wildlife