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Taos residents love quaking aspen trees (Populus tremuloides). Their care can be challenging during the heat and dryness of the summer. Let’s start with the aspen tree profile. Aspen … more
The chapter in Taos of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico is hosting the annual state conference Sept. 14-17. “The Seed: Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the … more
This winter is bringing a wide variety of birds to Santa Fe backyards. Here are a few common questions I've been hearing lately.Question: What is the large bird … more
Lesser goldfinches are in Northern New Mexico all during nesting season, but their population really exploded in late August. Young goldfinches fledged and activity … more
Walking into this Des Montes greenhouse is like stepping through a secret magical door into another reality where it is hot and wet and green, more jungle than desert. more
Escoba de la vibora blooms bright yellow in September and October in northern New Mexico. You will notice it out in the dry places where chamiso (sagebrush) has been cleared and in overgrazed areas. more
In addition to lighting the dark nights, decorating the Christmas tree is central to holiday celebrations here. Longtime Taoseños remember going by buggy or pickup truck with their families to cut a Christmas tree in the mountains. more
The question came up in conversation on a recent field trip, whether hops are native to New Mexico. Hops are added during the brewing process to stabilize and flavor beer and to add bitterness. more
Two species of elderberry grow wild in New Mexico: Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa). more
One of the biggest failings of the new Environmental Protection Agency in the current administration under Secretary Scott Pruitt has been the refusal to ban the deadly pesticide, chlorpyrifos. more
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