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Orrin Morris

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ORRIN MORRIS: Horseweed traveled by ship from the colonies to Europe

The spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday needs to endure all year long. America’s history with the American Indians is far from virtuous, though it began in mutuality. Colonists would not have survived without the natives’ help.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Black-eyed Susan can multiply 20-fold in a year

Orrin Morris column on black-eyed Susan.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Field thistle's height can exceed six feet

One should approach all thistles with caution. This field thistle does not have spines on the stem like the bull thistle or the nodding thistle but the leaves are armed to make life miserable for intruders.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Rockdale is home to largest sourwood in the state

The most cherished words ever uttered are, “I love you.” They express the ultimate devotion of two people. The Psalmist had that phrase in mind when he expressed praise to God in Psalm 119: 103, “How sweet are Thy words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

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ORRIN MORRIS: Canada thistle is showy, but watch out for those thorns

The Canada thistle is the epitome of the good and the bad, the showy and the offensive. This is the most common and widespread thistle in the U.S. However, it is not that common in the Southeast.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Flowering spurge tolerates dry weather

The 104th Psalm was used by the Hebrew people to praise God for the abundance of the fruit of the earth. “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of man, so that he may bring forth food from the earth.” (v. 14)

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ORRIN MORRIS: Knots uncoild to become flowers on the forget-me-not

In July 2007, our nation paid tribute to a lady who taught us a new respect for the environment — Lady Bird Johnson. Among the issues that she made us aware of were the visual clutter of uncontrolled billboards and the tons of litter thrown from passing vehicles along our nation’s highways.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Jimson weed highly poisonous to humans, animals

Gossip is dangerous; however, when a person who carefully communicates what he or she actually knows, it can be helpful when discretely shared. Such care for accuracy reminds me of Proverbs 16:20, “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good; and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.”

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ORRIN MORRIS: Find buttonweed in your backyard

The diversity of the wildflower kingdom is minor compared to the diversity of humanity. Every individual is unique although he or she dwells within a family, a community and a culture.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Bladder campion a beautiful flower with the exception of one unusual part

Peter often posed questions to Jesus. One of those times he asked if forgiving a person seven times was the limit. Jesus said that was not enough and proposed 70 times seven (Matthew 18:22).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Depford pinks an import from England

Depford pinks an import from England

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ORRIN MORRIS: Coreopsis, yellow daisy often mistaken for each other

One of the most important lessons I try to get across to my art students is to truly see what I am having them to draw. There seems to be a giant step for some students between “looking” and truly seeing an object.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Yellow star-grass a solitary plant that prefers open woods, meadows

Several years ago, astronomers announced the discovery of a new planet. It is named Gliese 581 and orbits its sun 20 light years away. Of the 200 or so planets outside our solar system it is the smallest; however, every discovery like this adds to the wonder of the universe.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Closely examine stiff verbena to see tiny lavender blooms

One day late in Jesus’ ministry, He was in the Temple near the offering box.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Dwarf dandelions can grow from May to September

Psalm 115:13-14 says, “He will bless those who fear the Lord, the small together with the great. May the Lord give you increase, you and your children.”

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ORRIN MORRIS: Insects nourish the carnivorous pitcher plant

Most branches of science are thought to be precise and consistent. This is especially believed about chemistry, physics and astronomy and least precise in the social sciences. In between these two groups are the many branches of biology, including botany.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Indian Americans, early physicians used birdfoot violet to treat lung diseases

My inward spiritual journey continues with the constant reminder that I am a sinner.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Wild trumpet honeysuckle a spectacular visual wonder for artists

Psalm 104:24 moves me to pray "O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fire pink, or catchfly, saves its nectar for bees, hummingbirds

Fire pink, or catchfly, saves nectar for bees, birds. The Creator has filled the earth with many wondrous flowers to remind us of His love for all mankind. Their beauty is spread about for all to see. The colors, shapes and habitats seem endless.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Yellow wood-sorrel, nicknamed sour grass, adds bitter flavor to salads

During one of the severe dry spells we endured the past decade, water restrictions were imposed. Suddenly, amid the drought, occasional scattered showers occurred for three weeks.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Pack boots, gloves, bug spray when picking wild blackberries

Picking wild blackberries a thorny task. Luke 6:44 is appropriate for the wildflower we study here.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Greenbrier vines a metaphor for our own entangled lives

Is there a fundamental difference between humans and animals? Or is life for both merely a struggle to survive from birth through maturity, then death?

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ORRIN MORRIS: Make pies, jellies, wine with elderberry

I'm stretching the wildflower definition again and including another shrub or small tree because of the attractiveness of the bloom.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Look for brilliant red, orange flame azaleas in May

One day, Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep in the Sinai Desert and he saw a unique phenomenon.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Tiny, strange flowers adorn the littleleaf buttercup

Tiny, strange flowers adorn the littleleaf buttercup. According to the Weather Channel, 27 degrees Fahrenheit is the record low for April 19. I remember a strange spring in 2007 when an Easter freeze created a new agenda for planting our gardens.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Always-changing honeysuckle follows the cycles of nature

Always-changing honeysuckle follows the cycles of nature. Psalm 43:5 reads "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?

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ORRIN MORRIS: Thorny hawthorn blooms through May

I am departing from featuring my pretty wildflowers so that I can include flowering shrubs and trees.

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