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Harvest, Horehound (Marrubium vulgaris)

In a morning lull from my daily thunderstorms, I went out to collect Horehound seeds. I am also collecting leaves from one shaded plant that is now blooming. I like collecting in a five gallon bucket.  Loose, it is not … Continue reading

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Tree Cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata)

Tree Chollas are blooming and setting fruit all around. I have put out a few cuttings around my front perimeter, they do make a ferocious fence. A beautiful one, too.  My food forest has few Tree Chollas because they need … Continue reading

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Washington Hawthorne (Crataegus phaenophyllum)

I was looking to plant this Washington Hawthorne when I found the Variable Skink. I found a place uphill in the food forest that was damp and partly shady. This nice wildlife tree is native to the southeastern US, not … Continue reading

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Horsetail Milkweed (Asclepias subvertillata)

Found two Horsetail Milkweed plants this morning when I went out to work on my pathways.  Their flowers are as complex as orchids and beautiful in structure.  Each bloom is tiny, but together make a nice display that isn’t as … Continue reading

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Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)

I have Mexican Hat around my house. I brought seed in from a few miles away. Very easy perennial from seed, but it has a deep taproot and does not transplant well As you can see, this Mexican Hat has … Continue reading

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Twisted-Spine Prickly Pear Fruit and Seed (Opuntia macrorhiza)

In researching my Prickly Pear fruit and seed, I encountered some generic information that does not seem to have been applied to my specific species, but which does apply. Although Twisted-Spine Prickly Pear is a member of the Cactaceae family, … Continue reading

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Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Peppermint is the result of a bit of indiscretion between Spearmint and Watermint. Oops. It is a little odd and can have variable chromosome numbers, but what the heck. It makes a drop dead chocolate mint candy, pie, or cake. … Continue reading

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