Author Archives: Unwit

Swamp rose about to bloom

This everblooming sport of the North American native Rosa palustris gets better every year. It’s about six feet tall and six wide, a nice sphere of delicate foliage that stays full all season and is never without bloom. It smells … Continue reading

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Mystery rose

This is a once-bloomer I’ve seen a lot in the Bluegrass area. In the heat of summer it looks pretty scrawny, but it’s the first rose to bloom, and it looks spectacular when it does. Wicked sharp thorns. It suckers … Continue reading

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Frozen roses

November has been very warm until today, and the roses took advantage of the long Indian summer and fall to bloom and set hips. Last night we got some frost. I woke up to this. And this:  

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Pupate

He or she shed his last skin sometime yesterday. At first he was the same color with the same markings as he was when a gobbling caterpillar, and I could tell he had changed form only by his new shape … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis 2

Right beneath the lavender ribbon I tied on the azalea to tell the painters not to trample it this spring, I saw this Eastern black swallowtail caterpillar, and I knew he was getting ready to pupate. His body language is … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis

It’s October, and a mushroom I don’t recognize has unfurled its umbrella overnight. It’s the most delicate thing, semi transparent like a Luna month’s wing, and it looks like it would glow in the dark.   

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Peggy Martin, Peggy Martin, Peggy Martin

Stage right I’ve been trying to get the essence of Peggy Martin into a photograph. I’ve been trying to get the entire plant into one photograph.  It’s not possible. I think this is hilarious. You want to feel smart? Like … Continue reading

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