Oregon Ensatina

November 10, 2011 · 4 comments

  The other day, I was standing around talking to my mom while she washed potatoes to sell at the Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market, when we both looked down and found this specimen clinging to a potato in the wash water. I plucked the poor thing out and took a few photos. It’s an Oregon […]



October 16, 2011 · 5 comments

                          I have to admit that I’d never heard of wapato until recently. I was completely unaware of its cultural significance as a major food source of Northwest native people. I also didn’t know of its deliciousness. Wapato (Sagittaria latifolia), an herbaceous plant […]


Toughleaf Iris

May 25, 2011 · 2 comments

Iris tenax We’ve got lots of these little blue/purple irises blooming all over our place and the neighborhood. They are one element of the bouquet of wildflowers that is just starting to brighten up our green landscape. I enjoy them for their beauty, but they have much more to offer.


The following are a few of the native wildflowers that have been blooming on our property in the last couple weeks. The common and scientific names were identified by my husband who knew them off the top of his head because he’s that kind of genius/nerd. I have to admit that I only knew three […]