For most people, it's easy to identify the brightly colored sugar maple (Acer saccharum); this tree seems to be the hands-down favorite in New England at this time of year. But from now through late November, the deciduous forests are a living tapestry of color, with everything from ferns and moss to vines and wild grasses getting in on the act. And not only is it fun to learn how to identify all of these colorful plant species, but it can help make you a more creative and versatile gardener as well.

We wait for it with bated breath, counting the days 'til the vernal equinox. Then, slowly, the light begins to change. temperatures rise, and the snow recedes, revealing tiny tips of green emerging from the soil. I look closely at the world around me on my morning walks, eagerly anticipating swollen buds and fleeting woodland wildflowers... Read more...
About Garden Variety: The BN Gardening Blog
Welcome to Garden Variety, a common ground for gardening enthusiasts in the B&N community. Each day, our resident experts, guest bloggers, and B&N staff produce articles on evergreen topics and growing trends in the realm of landscaping. From seasonal plants and edible gardens to book suggestions and landscape innovations, this is the place where ideas flourish.