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Northeast Native Perennials

Northeast Native Perennials

Northeast Native Perennials If you are looking to take a scenic drive to a great native plant nursery this weekend, try Northeast Native Perennials.  Near Lake Nockamixon, Quakertown, Northeast Native Perennials is tucked in the woods and was well worth spending a Saturday afternoon at last weekend. Their plants look great and owners Carol and Dennis Schroding were very helpful! (Photo of Carol Schroding) The plant prices were very reasonable too. www.nenativesandperennials.     Paula Ziegler is a local resident…

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Native Dogwood

Native Dogwood

Native Dogwoods We welcome our neighbor’s Dogwood tree to reach over our fence.  If you are looking for an attractive tree or shrub for all seasons, please consider a native Dogwood.  Native to Pennsylvania are the following: Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum), Flowering White Dogwood (Cornus florida), Gray Stem Dogwood (Cornus racemosa), Redosier Dogwood (Cornus seicea) ‘Cornus florida’ is a tree that I am considering to plant this spring!   Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for…

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Spicebush

Spicebush

Lindera benzoin Common Name: Spicebush Spring is here for me when Spice Bush is displaying its delicate yellow flowers.  I have been fascinated with this native PA shrub because it is the host plant for the spicebush swallowtail caterpillar which is the coolest looking caterpillar ever! The design of the caterpillar resembles a tiny snake.  The “eyes” are actually a design.  Spicebush does best in moist soil but I have been moving my shrub around the yard for the past…

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Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada Killer Wasp

I was startled to see this sight on our fence and called Dave out. Dave is known for keeping odd facts in his head and immediately identified the sight as a Cicada Killer Wasp killing a Cicada. Within a few moments the wasp flew off with the cicada! Amazing! Here is a website called “Cicada Mania” if you are interested in learning more: http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/10-facts-about-cicada-killer-wasps/ Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for the fate of bees, butterflies…

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New York Ironweed

New York Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis Common Name: New York Ironweed I am really enjoying how these purple flowered plants are framing our bird house. About 6 feet tall, New York Ironweed is great for the back of your garden. Although these plants prefer slightly moist soils, ours are doing fine in average conditions. New York Ironweed is native to eastern United States. Information on New York Ironweed: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=g160 Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for the fate of bees,…

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