The tutor shares another field find. Two posts ago I discussed my discovery of a Pacific crab apple. A couple of other discoveries happened in parallel. While thumbing through the guide to find the match for the tree, I sat …

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The tutor, continuing with his identification of familiar plants, shares another find. One guide compares the creamy clouds of flowers on oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor) to lilacs, but they’re less structured than some lilac flowers; I’d say their stems are softer …

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The tutor continues a survey of the wild plants in the yard. I’ve been looking for other plants to identify. There is one in some gravel; I’d say I’ve pulled it up many times. Yet, it persists. This time I’ve …

Plant identification from field guides: the common sow thistle Read more »

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Plant identification is an area of study to which the tutor should devote more time.  He does have background in it…. Growing up, I lived in several farming locales.  While I don’t now, I follow several traditions thence.  I maintain …

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