This picture was taken during the heart of the most recent 2019/2020 winter in the same place as the Moss Post I made a while back. It’s so cool how everyone in this area leaves the moss formation alone and lets it grow in this way. I love looking at it; the moss looks like tiny islands in the sand, or like grassy hills.
It was much sunnier when I took the more recent pictures!
Last Year (overcast weather):
Taken on a chilly nature walk
I saw this lovely green holly on a nature walk. I believe it is English Holly due to how curved the leaves are.
More of the Elephant Grass. It makes a nice photograph, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend planting it! This is more of an enjoy-what-you-have type of gardening photograph. By the way, the tree in the back is a weeping willow.
The sassafras tree is very interesting, for it produces multiple types of leaves on the same tree. Each leave can have one, two, or three lobes. They are also slightly fuzzy. The roots were an important item for trade between early America and the old world because they made a tasty drink, and the leaves are used in some styles of cooking, though I have no recipes to offer.
This is the seedhead of a very hardy grass that we call elephant grass here. It’s a bit of a pest, in my opinion, because the leaves are sharp (no good for weaving- you’ll cut up your hands) and the roots are so strong it’s impossible to pull up. You’ll only hurt yourself if you try. Perhaps it’s named elephant grass because you’d need the strength of an elephant to move it? It grows about 5 feet tall and provides good privacy and can withstand freezing temperatures, drought, and seasonal flooding and doesn’t take much effort to maintain, but I still don’t like finding seedlings of it in my garden. Even when the plant is small, it is incredibly difficult to pull up. A single plant with just a few blades of the sharp grass takes all my strength to remove.
In the winter, when everything else has died back, it’s rather pretty to look at. I took this photo earlier this month, and since then, a neighbor’s cat has moved into the grass and made it her home, so I don’t disturb that area right now.
Mostly we see large flocks of invasive starlings in winter. Sometimes, though, an occasional hawk or group of vultures passes through. Such was the case during my nature walk early in January. The sky was so blue and cloudless.
My neighbor grows this plant. I’m not really sure what it is. It has a vine sort of structure, creeps along the ground, and has this nice variegated foliage that sticks around even in winter. I guess now I grow it too, for it has escaped my neighbor’s planting and also grows near my doorstep. It’s a nice little plant.
This image is from the winter of 2018/2019, in an area that was both damp and sandy, but didn’t get too much foot traffic. The moss in this place grew in such a fascinating pattern, like little islands. I just had to take a picture of it.
While these photos were taken during the warmer months of last year, the magnolia is still green right now (though the sky is a different shade of blue)!