The Sex Life of Moss!

The brown sausage-shape structures on stalks bear the spores.

There’s an orgy going on underfoot.  In that thin film of water that coats the ground on a wet day, the sex cells of these primitive plants are on the move. The mosses were among the first plants to live on the land, while seaweeds and freshwater algae remained in…

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The Tiniest Iris in Catskills Gardens Can Make The Biggest Impact! (Dwarf Iris)

Iris reticulata

Some of the earliest blooming iris, in fact some of the earliest blooming flowers, are the iris commercially available as Rock Garden Iris or Dwarf Iris.   They often bloom concurrently with crocus here in the Catskills, and are comparable to crocus in size at flowering time, at 4 inches…

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Earliest Spring Flowers in the Catskills!


Spring is beginning here in the Catskills!   This post surveys the earliest spring flowers, blooming now or within the next few weeks. The plants producing these flowers are small but the flowers are relatively large and conspicuous, standing out sharply against the browns and grays of the winter garden.…

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