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singing in the garden
ginia blueflag) is native to Virginia as are Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells) and Silene virginica (fire pink).
Other names like Trillium grandiflorum contain clues to
the flower's appearance. Trillium refers to the number
three, which describes the distinct three-petaled flower
and grandiflorum makes me think of something big.
The flowers of trilliums are indeed showy.
As at least many of you know, there's a system to the
scientific naming of flowers. They are called by a combination of their genus and species. Flowers that share
the same genus have common characteristics that distinguish them from other flowers while those with the
same species name have other things in common. Any
flower with the species name alba is white. Likewise,
purpurea means purple and rubrum means red.
Any species named millefolium is a plant with many
small leaves, and any flower with an umbrella-shaped
cluster might have the species name umbellatus. Without having actually seen it, you can probably picture
the flower cluster of Butamus umbellatus (flowering rush)
or Aster umbellatus (flat-topped white aster).
This system of genus and species means that my patient editor is less overworked because even I can capi-

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talize the scientific names correctly. The genus is always
capitalized and the species is not. There are no exceptions that I can find. Having said that, I'm sure someone
will let me know of one.
So, as I greet the spring flowers by their formal
names, my litany will have a new sound. The first flowers to peek out along my mountain roadways will be
Tussilago farfara. They may look like early dandelions to
some, but they are my beloved coltsfoot. As they disappear, then the little white stars of Sanguianaria canadensis or bloodroot will nod humbly in the ditches. They'll
be followed by the showy Trillium grandiflorum. Finally,
when the pink ballerinas of Claytonia virginica (spring
beauty) dance on the hill near my driveway, I will know
that spring is here to stay.
Acceptus flores! Welcome flowers! 

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017

Features
Festival Guide 2017
Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
Wytheville Loves Edith
Barry Glick, Garden Guy
Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
Cheese!
Departments
From the Editor
Contributors
Mill Creek Stories
Worth a Click
Creature Feature
The Good Walk
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Singing in the Garden
Festivals & Events
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Contributors
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 8
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 13
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - The Good Walk
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Festival Guide 2017
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 41
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Wytheville Loves Edith
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Barry Glick, Garden Guy
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cheese!
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Singing in the Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Festivals & Events
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