Helleborine Orchid

A Beautiful Weed When I first spotted this Helleborine Orchid (Epipactis helleborine)in the garden I thought it was a type of Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum).  The leaves look similar, to me anyway.  Once it flowered, I realized it’s something I haven’t seen before.  After a few searches I discovered that it’s a Helleborine orchid, a non-native and considered invasive in many states.  The plant was … Continue reading Helleborine Orchid

Milkweed

Yes, It’s a Weed But…. I have no idea how Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) aka Milkweed came to be in our garden.  They just showed up two years ago and have stayed ever since.  Getting rid of it proved to be not an easy task, but taming it is quite easy.  I just pull the stalk out of the ground. The first year it showed … Continue reading Milkweed