• Pre-Peak
    Hi River Roaders, We’re a week or two away from peak fall foliage in Montgomery County, but there are a number of trees/vines that are already turning, and they stand out among the green. Can you feel the change in the wind? The deep crimson of our native Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) stands our along … read more
  • October Surprise
    Hi River Roaders, Every month our grounds provides surprises and wonders. Here are some October surprises. I was surprised this year to find several blooming Obedient plants (Physostegia virginiana) in our rear grounds. I expect they came in with some other transplants and did well because it was so wet this year. I was very … read more
  • Seeds of Renewal
    Hi River Roaders, Every seed can provide the possibility of renewal. Seeds come in different shapes, sizes, textures, tastes, and colors. Let’s look at a variety of seeds on our grounds that are coming into their prime this week. The Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) is one of our deciduous holly trees that likes the damp areas … read more
  • Fall!
    Hi River Roaders, Fall officially started today (September 22) at 9:31 AM. August was really hot and wet, but this week has been glorious. Many of our native plants put on their most spectacular show in the fall, and this week we’ll look at plants currently blooming on RRUUC grounds. Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) is the … read more
  • Native Plants for Restoration, Meditation, and Education
    Thea here, taking over the blog for the week to sum up my Girl Scout Gold Award project which I called “Native Plants for Restoration, Meditation, and Education. ” The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and is comparable to, if not more rigorous than, the Boy Scout Eagle Award. It requires … read more