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oriental-bittersweet-9331Though their fruit is incredibly colorful in an otherwise drab November landscape, these plants are woody vines that are terribly invasive and don’t play well with native species. It’s recommended that they be eradicated while still in small patches, something that can be done manually.

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One of my favorite wildflowers ever, and one of the beautiful gifts of midsummer. Info on legend and lore can be found here and here.

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We moved to our home here in Ivoryton when it was 5 years old, in 1992. The landscaping on the property was minimal – some lawn and shrubs that barely made a dent in the forest around us. That changed over the years, and it was especially rewarding to bring in scented shrubs: honeysuckle, mock orange, roses, and a few viburnum. Spring is truly here when those viburnums blossom, and it’s always worth a trip to the “back forty” for the wonderful vanilla fragrance, and the way it shifts, ever so slightly, with the weather and time of day.

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The family that found this chrysalis two weeks earlier checked regularly on its progress. Maybe that was why they were so excited about sharing the news with me – a total stranger who happened to be walking past their driveway – that the butterfly had just emerged. This beautiful monarch (check out the blue in the wings) was slowly working its way to the top of the rock; still orienting itself, it seemed, to its new form. Or maybe it was checking out the upcoming flight plan and was a little shocked – a 2500 mile migration to Mexico ?? Really ???

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Dragonfly, Madison, CT

September 8, 2013

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Probably one of my favorite insects, and always a sign that summer here in New England is on the wane. There were whole squadrons out on this day, just a short distance from the ocean. It turns out there are like 5000 different species – who knew ?

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Poppy, Ivoryton, CT

June 20, 2013

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