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April 10, 2020

Black Cohosh, Actaea (Cimicifuga) racemosa, and Blue Cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides are two woodland wildflowers often confused due to similarity of their common names.  Blue Cohosh grows 1 to 2 feet tall with yellow-green blooms in April that develop into dark blu...

April 4, 2020

An delightful early woodland wildflower is Jeffersonia diphylla, commonly known as Twinleaf. Just emerging, and in some locations, currently blooming, this little plant has pairs of leaves that resemble green butterflies. The showy white flowers are similar to Bloodroo...

March 27, 2020

Virginia Bluebells are perhaps the most widely recognized and beloved spring wildflower in our region.  The profuse clusters of soft blue flowers catch the eye wherever they bloom, and when occurring in drifts are one of spring’s most spectacular floral displays.  Plan...

March 21, 2020

Cardamine concatenata, or Cut-leaf Toothwort, formerly known as Dentaria laciniata, is a delicate-looking spring ephemeral of deciduous woodlands.  The terminal clusters of white flowers play against the unique, whorled foliage of deeply divided, toothed leaves.  Growi...

August 27, 2019

For those of you who know me know that Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy played a big part in opening Watermark Woods - Native Plants.  Loudoun Wildlife is the only organization working to preserve habitat and green space in Loudoun County.   Loudoun County is a very unique...

February 12, 2018

I get a lot of questions about the top dressing I use in my pots.  I use rice hulls which is a byproduct of making rice.  They are anti fungal in nature and they help maintain moisture levels in wet seasons.  They also prevent germination of seeds so they are great for...

October 10, 2017

Everybody is doing it!  You should too.  Plant sedges that is!  Sedges are becoming increasingly popular as ground cover.   If you are thinking of ripping out that nasty Lirope(lily turf) or replacing your invasive Aegopodium(bishop's weed) or even just filling in an e...

October 6, 2017

One of the most frequent questions we get at Watermark Woods is 'What can I plant in Dry Shade?'  Yes it is a tricky spot to plant, but there are a few plants that can come to your rescue. Here is my list of tried and true heroes for your dry shady spot:

Polystichum acr...

September 22, 2017

One of the most fascinating native plant groups are the bottle gentians.  There are some that have flowers that open to the most amazing shade of blue.  Then there are others which don't open at all.   

If the flowers don't open, then how do they get poll...

September 14, 2017

The moist summer of 2017 gave us an overdose of mosquitos.  The wet conditions created the perfect breeding grounds for the pesky critters.  Since mosquitoes are know to carry such diseases as: Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria, findin...

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