Sunday, April 8, 2012


This month's column is "The surprise of snowdrops in spring."   I'm pleased that the Danvers Herald editor added a lovely photo of snowdrops.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Skunk cabbage

Skunk cabbage is an unmistakable sign of spring!   This year skunk cabbage appeared early, thanks to the unseasonably warm days in March.  I walked around a pond in western Mass on March 21 and took these photos  -- so reminiscent of the skunk cabbage my mother liked to show me along the streams and ponds in Danvers when I was young.

What bizarre shapes! Like sculpture...

Cabbage-like leaves
I have always enjoyed the sight of skunk cabbage and the faint skunky smell.  I welcome this sign of spring. 

For this month's column, I have written about another plant that appears very early in spring: snowdrops.