Fall Berries

It’s been a good year around Western New York for fruit.  It seems that everything that CAN bear fruit is doing so in abundance.  Some of the berries you can eat.  Some you can’t.  And I was surprised when I looked them up…  More are edible than I knew. Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana and P. […]

Top Ten

After reading Seabrooke’s post about her most popular posts for 2009, I decided to check my WordPress stats, just for the heck of it… Here are the top ten searches that drove people to my blog over the 365 days ending today (January 16, 2010).  The number in parentheses is the number of searches. currant […]

Bells in the Woods – Part II

While searching for the perfect shot of Yellow Mandarin, I found these leaves that looked similar: But wait a minute!  Is that a PINK flower underneath? Indeed!  Another new flower for me:  Rosybells or Rose Twisted Stalk or Rose Mandarin.  Again, Latin names seem to be changing.  My Newcomb’s calls it Streptopus roseus.  The USDA […]

Bells in the Woods – Part I

I had half an hour between appointments and while it was a tad breezy, the light was perfect.  I headed to College Park to see if any new spring flowers had popped open. Yellow Mandarin is also known as Fairy Bells.  The Latin name I found in the most places was Disporum lanuginosum which is […]

Do You Dare Use Herbs?

Every spring I decide that I’m going to try some of the wild edibles or wild medicinals that I read about…  I rarely follow through.  After a cough that lingered for three weeks, though, I’m seriously considering trying to make up some Coltsfoot cough syrup and drops for next winter!  The instructions are simple and […]


In yesterday’s post, I re-posted a posted picture from spring (I love the word post) of the Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower.  Last night I went hiking to the same spot and found what I believe is the same plant, now with berries. According to the Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants, the corm (underground root-like structure) can […]