Magazine Columns

Wild Apples

September 7, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

Do you remember the story of Johnny Appleseed from grade school?  It is more than just a story; Johnny Appleseed was a real person named John Chapman, born in 1774.  Legend has it that he spent years walking throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada randomly dropping apple seeds along the way.  […]

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Starry Stonewort

July 17, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

        Starry stonewort.  Such a cool name, isn’t it?  It looks kind of nifty too.   I wish there were good things to say about it, but unfortunately starry stonewort is an aquatic invasive species, so here comes the bad news . . .         Starry stonewort is actually an algae, but it doesn’t look like […]

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Wild Plum (Prunus americana)

May 4, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

When the forest is still a dreary brown and gray in April, a graceful spray of white flowers might catch your eye.  These are the flowers of the wild plum.  Wild plum trees and shrubs can be found in prairies, woodlands, pastures, and hedgerows, and along roadsides and riverbanks.  They may be multi-stemmed shrubs or […]

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Butterfly Weed is 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

March 19, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

The Perennial Plant Association has chosen butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, as its 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year.  You might wonder at the choice of a plant with “weed” in its name, but this beautiful plant is anything buy weedy.  It is a versatile plant that is at home in both formal landscapes and more […]

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A Trio of Alien Invaders

March 9, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

Sometimes landscape plants in our own yards are invasive and we may not even be aware of it.  These plants may be the cause of environmental disruption in natural areas nearby or even miles away.  Here are three common alien invader landscape plants that are classified RESTRICTED by the Wisconsin DNR.  You are not required […]

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Edelweiss Can Be Grown in Wisconsin

February 5, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

Edelweiss, Edelweiss Every morning you greet me. Small and white Clean and bright You look happy to meet me. Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow Bloom and grow forever. Edelweiss, Edelweiss Bless my homeland forever.   Many of us are familiar with the song “Edelweiss” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1965 musical “Sound of […]

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Evening Primrose

January 10, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

If you are male, you’ve likely never heard of evening primrose.  If you are female, you may have, especially if you are interested in natural health remedies.  Without going into detail, evening primrose oil is said to help with a range of “female problems.”  It is also effective for a long list of other maladies […]

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Where to Start With Controlling Invasive Plants

November 20, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

We all want to do what’s best for our environment in order to support a healthy ecosystem so that the animals we love to hunt and fish will thrive.  Controlling invasive plants is an important part of that.  An invasive plant is one that causes economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.  They […]

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Lotus: It’s What’s for Dinner

September 9, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

        In my neck of the woods, or rather, on my bend of the river, it was a bad year for lotus.  Or a good year for lotus.  It depends who you are.  Boaters and fisherman would say it was a bad year; however, nature photographers and lotus plants themselves rejoiced.  Acres of lotus lined […]

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Invasive Jumping Worms

July 7, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

I can’t tell you how much it creeps me out to write about worms.  I’ve always been a little afraid of them and have avoided touching them at all costs.  But I felt I had to write it.  Didn’t want to, felt I owed it to you.  So here goes.  Eeewww! Most people know that […]

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