Update on the Shining Firmoss

Remember the Shining Firmoss my son brought home?

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They grew and rooted nicely so he potted them and placed them outside to acclimate them. Unfortunately, some evil critter (likely a rabbit or chipmunk) pulled/ate some of them. Here are the few that remain:



National Arbor Day #doodlewashaday #botany

There are some people who contend planting a tree is good no matter what tree it is; others who’ve studied ecology counter that, in fact, you could do more harm than good by planting invasive non-native trees.

My son, the future ecologist, is in the second camp. For Arbor Day (a day late since I was in town and busy all day yesterday), I’d like to feature one of his favorite plants, which is more of bush than a tree, but close enough: the Eastern Wahoo.


Here’s what Horticulture magazine had to say about it (bold is my emphasis):

Wahoo  (Euonymus atropurpureus) is an excellent North American native. An alternative to the invasive burning bush (Euonymus alatus), this tough plant can be managed as a small specimen tree (30 by 30 feet) or as a thicket/hedge (9 to 12 feet) for privacy with renewal pruning. It can grow in full sun to partial shade and in wet to dry soils. This makes it an excellent candidate for rain gardens that are occasionally flooded. The late spring flowers are a deep maroon; they are small but stunning on close examination. The fall color is a delicate pink. Once the foliage drops, the red fruits inside light pink capsules will stop traffic. Seeds are a preferred bird food during winter months. USDA Zones 4–9.

Native range: Eastern half of North America


Homegrown #Botany, day 5

Last day of showing Beth – http://www.flubs2fixes.com/ – some plants that Son1 grows. These are also from biology department greenhouse that were tossed out. There are sundews, butterworts, and Selaginella sanguinolenta (a plant from China similar to the North American crowsfoot). He put a small piece of plastic wrap over part of the plate to maintain humidity over the Selaginella sanguinolenta (which has no common English name).

Have a nice weekend!


Homegrown #Botany, day 4

Per the conversation my friend Beth – http://www.flubs2fixes.com/ – and I were having, this is the top of a store-bought pineapple. According to the post that Beth shared, this is one of those easy things you can re-grow from scraps. We’d never tried to start one before, so we’ll see what happens.


Homegrown #Botany, day 3

A quick reminder that tomorrow is #SelfieArt Day. I won’t be posting my selfie until next week (Tuesday, I think) along with the compiled list of those who participated. If I’m not already following your blog, just leave a comment in any of my posts and I’ll include you.

These are plants that Son1 found as discards in the biology department greenhouse.


The tall one in the center is a type of sedum (possibly Sedum morganianum). The oval leaf is from a jade plant. The other two funky looking things are Crassula lycopodioides (which go by a bunch of different common names, such as zipper plants and watch chain).

Again, thanks to Beth – http://www.flubs2fixes.com – for asking!