Monday, May 21, 2007


This weekend the honeysuckle began to bloom. I notice it first with my nose, that overwhelming fragrance of summer. Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica, is another new arrival to our ecosystem. Introduced by plant nurseries as an ornamental, it has become one of the most invasive plants in our area. It easily smothers many of the "native" growing things in the forest. My neighbor Anne Scarpa McCauley has found a way to use this plant material. She has invented her own method of weaving the vines into beautiful baskets. You can buy her baskets online (and make a small dent in our honeysuckle colonies) at

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