Desperately Seeking Phacelia

Last month I mentioned detecting the mottled green leaves of Phacelia bipinnatifida, a biennial that is quietly waiting for spring (aren’t we all?) to begin producing its attractive purple flowers. This is one of those plants that can self-seed prolifically in the right conditions, which turns out to be leaf litter under deciduous trees. (Another … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Phacelia

Ground covers revisited

I have reported on my experience with several low-growing native ground covers that seemed to be relatively immune to deer. I thought I’d revisit this topic, since it’s both perennial and evergreen (sorry, couldn’t resist). In fact, many of our shade-loving native ground covers are semi-evergreen: the leaves mostly hang on over winter, growing more … Continue reading Ground covers revisited

Mango smoothie

Member Venil Ramiah brought this delicious drink to the final club board meeting of the club year. The  final meeting was also the first face-to-face meeting of the board since the pandemic began. So in accordance with recent tradition, it combined a meeting with a pot luck lunch…