Yellow Flower on Side of Road

Last week while driving through Newtown, CT I stumbled on this yellow flower.  From a distance it looks like a dandelion.  It’s definitely not.

Yellow Flower on Side of Road

I took this picture March 25 when Daffodils are just starting to bloom.  We’re a long way off from leaves on trees.

Yellow Flower on Side of Road in Leaf Litter

I checked the US Wildflowers Database and had no luck finding it.

I’d like to thank Lydia, from the comments below, who told me the plant is Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).

Pumpkins in the Landscape

Yesterday I visited a landscape planted last week.  While photographing the landscape I noticed the oddest site.

Nestled between a Siberian Carpet (Microbiota decussata) and PJM Rhododendron (Rhododendron ‘PJM’) was a thriving pumpkin seedling.

Pumpkins in the landscape far

How could this happen?

The compost used to prepare the soil was the composting spot of several years of Holden family pumpkins.  The moist soil and ample sun in the new landscape set the seed in motion.

Happy Halloween!


Wisteria – Mother Nature Trumps Man Every Time

Last week I saw a wisteria in full bloom weeping from a blasted ledge.  No matter how hard I try to create beautiful landscapes mother nature can beat me without trying.

Weeping Wisteria
The wisteria starts at the top of the cliff and weeps like a waterfall. It’s stunning.

If you’re driving down Whitney Avenue in Trumbull, CT in early-May keep your eyes open for the wisteria on the ledge between the entrance to Indian Ledge Park and the Route 25 overpass.

Looking toward Indian Ledge Park
The dump truck on the lower left is in the entrance to Indian Ledge Park.