Favorite or New Plant
Also known as bishop's hat (for its long-spurred flower), Epimedium grandiflorum is a spring delight. I like 'Lilafee' for the lavender flowers waving above leaflets of oval foliage. Also known as 'Lilac Fairy.' Epimedium is a shade-gardener's friend in zones 5 through 8. It's drought-tolerant after getting established. It grows in difficult conditions: part to full shade, in dry soil such as under a tree canopy. It's a rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial, 1 to 1.5 ft. tall and wide. 'Lilafee's leaves emerge with a red tinge, are green through summer, then turn red in fall.
Endangered Species Bulletin
Sandhill cranes in Mississippi, sea otters in Alaska, ocelots in Texas, wood storks in Georgia. All endangered species. All featured, with endearing photos, in the Fall 2009 issue of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Bulletin. Issue theme: the Fish and Wildlife Refuge System programs on behalf of endangered bats, the piping plover, Lange's metalmark butterfly, all creatures mentioned and more. Their stories are well-written, contain enough facts to get the picture and descriptive narrative to engage the reader. Online bulletin is published four times.