Plants

Our Bad Luck Tree

September 19, 2014
Our Bad Luck Tree

Soon after we moved in, we planted a dogwood tree in front of our house.  The poor tree has endured damage from heavy snows, ice storms, and buck scrapes.  I woke up one morning this week to find the tree cracked with the top half hanging down.  The only thing I can figure is that…

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Ironweed and Butterflies

September 15, 2014
Ironweed and Butterflies

Some ironweed growing in the backyard attracted a lot of butterflies this summer.  Here are a couple of butterfly pictures (tiger swallowtail and great spangled fritillary).

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Sunflower

September 14, 2014
Sunflower

This past spring, my daughter planted some sunflower seeds at pre-school.  One sunflower survived and bloomed this summer.

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Eastham Park Trail Extended

June 24, 2014
Eastham Park Trail Extended

[Updated 2014] The new Eastham Park trail has been extended in Front Royal, Virginia. The trail starts in Eastham Park on Luray Avenue and heads almost exactly one mile to Skyline Vista Drive in front of Skyline High School. The trail will eventually be part of a larger trail system to be named The Royal…

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Spring Wildflowers

May 30, 2014
Jack in the Pulpit (photo by Kristy)

Earlier, I posted pictures of coltsfoot, bloodroot, and Virginia bluebells. Here are some more pictures (mostly taken by Kristy) capturing the second half of the spring wildflower season. Rue Anemone Jack in the Pulpit Trillium Wild Geranium Showy Orchis Yellow Lady’s Slippers Wildflower Prints We have posted our favorite wildflower photos at our FineArtAmerica site.…

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The Bluebell Trail

April 19, 2014
The Girls Enjoyed the Bluebells

Yesterday, we went out to Bull Run Regional Park to hike the Bluebell Trail. It’s quite an amazing display of Virginia Bluebells. If you would like to go, I would suggest going soon as many of the bluebells were showing signs of being past peak. Otherwise, put it on your calendar for early April 2015.…

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting