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After getting some warm weather, Taos gardeners are ready to start planting. However, those who have been here for a while know that there are more freezing nighttime temperatures to come and it is … more
We are all aware of the ancient cottonwood tree leaning conspicuously to the south on Taos Plaza. It is not intensely large, nor particularly balanced or attractive, yet it is a well-loved member of … more
At this time of spring and renewal, it seems appropriate to consider Easter flowers. Pasqueflowers, or flowers of peace, lend their loveliness to the Easter season around the world. Some 33 species … more
Let’s talk about holiday colors. While the green of our deciduous trees and bushes is gone, and we’ve had our first snow, still some of our winter wonderland foliage can deck our outside halls with the colors we associate most with Christmas — … more
Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) was originally introduced to New Mexico under the name “Chinese elm” beginning in the early 1900s. Much to our confusion, the original name has more commonly … more
Bitter is a taste that has become so foreign to most of us that when I ask people if they know what tastes bitter, I get answers like “lemons” and “vinegar.” Perhaps you know those as sour tastes — just one of the six basic tastes that … more
• Mullein, miner’s candlestick, velvet plant, blanket leaf • Spanish: punchón, gordolobo • Family: scrophulariaceae (figwort family) • Genus and species: verbascum thapsus Mullein grows throughout the world, growing from sea … more
More than a century ago, about the time New Mexico became a state, a Goodding black willow sapling emerged naturally — or was planted by a resident — along an earthen irrigation ditch near the center of Taos. It survived through drought, … more
The National Wildlife Federation offers a “Garden for Wildlife” program. If the criteria exist in your backyard or farm, you can get your yard certified through a simple application process and it can become an educational tool. A plaque placed … more
By Rob Hawley For The Taos News In Northern New Mexico, this plant has bright little orange flowers that look like hollyhock flowers and is sometimes mistaken for a small poppy. Yerba de la … more
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