Building A Tuteur for the Garden

I have been wanting to build a “Teteur” for the garden for some time. A Tuteur is a French term for a three or four sided trellis or plant support.  A Tuteur is great for growing vines on in a flower garden and vegetables like peas or beans in a vegetable garden. I have seen […]

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Recharging On The Go

If you carry electronic devices, such as a Smartphone, a small tablet, or a rechargeable flashlight, as part of your everyday carry (EDC), or as part of your get-home bag, bug-out bag, or evacuation kit, you should have some way to recharge those devices.  The size and type of recharger will depend on whether it […]

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Common Blue Violet

“Common Blue Violet” is a great great Spring edible that can add a wonderful splash of color to a green salad. We have them by the thousands…

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On a short tramp in the woods this morning with a wet drizzle, I ran in to a plethora of Jack-In-The-Pulpits. Photographed a few for your enjoyment.  The above photo shows a Jack-In-The-Pulpit with a purple spadix beneath a purple canopy.    

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John D. McCann Live – 5-5-15

The following video is of my John McCann Live Show on May 5th, 2015 at the Campfire Chat.

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Purple Trillium

“Purple Trillium” is also know as Stinking Benjamin because the single nodding flower has a unpleasant odor. However, it is another beautiful Spring flower that is often missed, because like the Trout Lily, the nodding flower faces downward. But gently lifting it with a small stick reveals the beauty of the flower. As the name […]

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Dutchman’s Breeches

“Dutchman’s Breeches” is another delicate Spring beauty. Enjoy it when you see it as they don’t last long. They resemble clusters of white pantaloons hanging on a line, hence the name Dutchman’s Breeches. They hang on a leafless stalk above much divided feathery leaves. I wait every Spring for these little beauties!  

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The Trout-Lily is a beautiful Spring flower often missed in the woods.


“Trout-Lily” is another great Spring flower. Mine are out in mass. The flower is beautiful, but most people miss them as they bent down towards the ground. The leaves are also my favorite as they appear to be camouflaged. They are considered edible, the very young leaves and the corms. But digging the corms should […]

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Spring is here when you find “Bloodroot”. This is a beautiful little flower that has one basil leaf that curls around the single flower stalk bearing one white flower with a golden-orange center. The flower doesn’t last long so enjoy them when you see them. When the flower falls off, the leaf opens a spreads […]

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