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Bluebells Along Spring Streams

Bluebells bloom today along the stream flowing with recent rains. It’s so welcome to see their color against the fresh April green suddenly emerging everywhere.

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New Valley Overlook – Place to Pause

I could sit in this spot at the edge of the savanna bluffs at the PGT forever. Listening to the tanager and wood thrush, watching for herons, enjoying whatever flowers or trees happen to be in bloom…. If you walk … Continue reading

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Red Milk Snake Rarely Seen

Yesterday was only the second time in over 30 years of living here that I’ve seen a red milk snake in the wild. (I did keep a couple for a few months in 1986 to make a movie about Missouri … Continue reading

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New Walk along the Lilies

Thanks to the design of Jen Sieradzki, horticulturist for the PGT, a new path is in the works at the Lotus Pond area. Plants will be added in September, but last week big progress was made when David Perrey came … Continue reading

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Golden Light in the Morning

  The light in the open woods near Beaver Lake was magical this morning. Henry was out with his camera and caught it. We’re planning to put a paved trail from the visitor center to the lake and this is … Continue reading

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Wildflower Walk Saturday June 1 at the PGT

Spring blooms have just begun but we’re already planning ahead for our annual wildflower walk in late spring. Expert botanists George and Kay Yatskievych will lead the walk on Saturday June 1, 2013. We’ll start about 9 a.m. at the … Continue reading

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So many seeds, so little time….

The 88 species of wildflower seeds arrived like an early Christmas gift. Now we just have to scatter them across the newly opened or burned prairies, savanna/woods and stream edges. They came from a variety of wonderful seed sources: Missouri … Continue reading

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Quick Landscaping the Tree Shear Way

Several years ago I heard a story on NPR about videos for young kids showing earth-moving equipment. It was the current spin on a story Captain Kangaroo read in the 1950s about Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel…big machines doing … Continue reading

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So not Las Vegas

In the light of a late autumn day, stillness is broken only by the occasional nuthatch, woodpecker or squirrel as I walk along the creek. This is the antithesis of the recent conference in Las Vegas that Henry and I … Continue reading

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Poisonous mushrooms popping up?

Masses of red mushrooms popped on the needle-carpeted ground under our 27-year old white pine tree planting. (Not native trees, I know, but we did it so I could have the smell and sounds of New England here in Missouri … Continue reading

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