Tree and Plant Identification #6 – Dandelions

Journal Notes: Dandelions - A yellow flowering plant that is completely edible. The leaves are 5-25+ cm long, simple and basal. They can be entire, toothed or lobed, forming a rosette above the central taproot. The yellow flower head is open during the day but closed at night. The stem is hollow and is 1-10+ … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification #6 – Dandelions

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Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months

Journal Notes:  Birch sap can be collected in a similar manner to Maple sap, except about a month later and it usually only flows for about a month. The sap also needs to be gathered about three times more often than maple sap. The Sweet Birch has a smooth bark with distinct horizontal lines. In … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months

Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer

In my last post I mentioned the founder of Providence, Roger Williams. However he was not the first European to settle in Rhode Island.  That title belongs to Rev. William Blaxton. William Blaxton was an Anglican Priest who was frustrated with the established Church of England. This resulted in him leaving England and serving as … Continue reading Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer