Kiss the Earth Archive: October, 2009

Pumpkin massacre

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Meet Scarface, the latest Halloween pumpkin to be mauled by squirrels. This is not a rare occurrence. There's quite a bit of chatter on the... Read more

Vanda orchids

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It is with some trepidation that, for my next reportorial effort, I enter the world of orchids. (This, after tomorrow's story on seed-collecting... Read more

Proper names

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I've been paying more attention to those pesky Latin botanical names lately. This is the fault of Mark Weathington of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum... Read more

New Morris center

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This is the work-in-progress over at Morris Arboretum - phase I of a new horticultural and education complex. The hort staff is expected to... Read more

African violets

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Who among us didn't have mothers and grandmothers who collected African violets when we were growing up? Mine sure did, by the dozens, on plant... Read more

Elephant ear

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This is a Colocasia esculenta, also known as wild taro or elephant ear, growing beside a pond at Tony Avent's Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh... Read more

What was I thinking?

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Here I am, moments after being stung by an enraged honeybee, outfitted in a hat with veil that probably would've prevented that sharp pain... Read more

Montrose

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Salvias like this one were but one of the glorious features in the gardens at Montrose, in Hillsborough, N.C., which I visited with other garden... Read more