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Namesake of the Dragon – Another Green Dragon Drawing

Here’s the second of the Green Dragon drawings I’ve been working on. I posted the first part of it last week. This part is called the spathe (the hood) and the spadix (the long ‘tongue’) and it is the namesake of the dragon. This part of the plant is what becomes the cluster of red …

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A Green Dragon Drawing

I’ve been working on a Green Dragon drawing for the cover of NANPS’s summer issue of Blazing Star. There will be another of the spathe and spadix to do next. That one will be used in the article. Here’s the photograph I worked from. I used more than one photo because I didn’t have a …

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Green Dragon with fruit cluster and Namesake of the Dragon, by Madison Woods

My Dragons are Hatching! Green Dragon (Arisaema dracontium)

Green Dragons, anyway! They’re not really “hatching”, but they are sprouting. Even the seedling looks like a cute little dragon head… if you have a good imagination. It also looks like a cobra with flared hood peering up over the lip of the pot. The common name of this plant fascinates me as much as …

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Slugs and Dragons and Ginseng, Oh My! Wild Ozark Creations

I’ve been working on a few new Wild Ozark creations lately. This creative streak seems to have no end in sight, either, because ideas just keep coming and I keep feeling compelled to follow them through. Slugs This is the latest drawing I’ve done. The digital and print rights (for business branding, not art prints) …

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A Woodland Habitat – Dragons among the Nettles and Cohosh

There’s a particular woodland habitat at the far corner of our property that I love. The variety of plants that grow there is amazing. It’s the perfect place for American ginseng, but those plants have nearly been extirpated by diggers foraging the hillsides of our area. It’s too far from the house for me to …

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photo of clematis blooming at wild ozark homestead

Dragons Hatching, Clematis Blooming, and Feeding Horses in the Rain

Dragons Hatching! Last fall I collected seeds from a large Green Dragon. I put the berries directly into pots and kept them overwinter in the ginseng nursery. The other morning I noticed they were hatching – er, sprouting! The link in the first sentence will take you to a page about the plant. It’s also …

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Wild Ozark, Who We are and What We Do. Welcome!

Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Crops include: rocks, botanicals, ginseng, habitat companions for ginseng, and trees. Rocks? Most definitely. Rocks are the mainstay here, lol. I use them for making handmade paints. The rocks (and clay, and other natural sources here) are the source for pigments I use in my paintings. I sell the …

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Kestrel No. 3, featuring all handmade watercolor paints made from local stone and clay sources. Panic stage navigated.

The “Panic Stage” in a Work of Nature Art

There’s a new work in progress sitting on my easel. By the time I’m done with this post, it’ll probably be a finished work. It’s another kestrel, and I’ve reached a reliable stage in the process. I call it the ‘Panic Stage’. update 5/2/19: It was finished in August 2018 and is the image at …

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Too Many Irons in the Fire?

Too Many Irons in the Fire

This is a fiery sunset photo taken several years ago and it prompted my idea to write this post about having too many irons in the fire. Dense dark clouds hung low on the horizon, allowing the setting sun to illuminate so brightly as a backdrop giving the appearance of wildfires raging on the distant …

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A bucket full of nature farming produce.

What Does a Nature Farm Produce?

Today I took a little hike after feeding the horses. I was on a mission to collect moss and lichen-covered branches. These are just some of the things the Wild Ozark Nature Farm produces. And that’s how a nature farm works. I didn’t plant seeds, or till, or do anything at all to grow these …

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100-word Flash Fiction

Ever heard of 100-word flash fiction? I’m not sure how many of you were following this blog way back when I used to call it “Madison Woods” and used to write a lot more fiction. Well, writing anything remotely resembling a complete thought, let alone a story, is difficult with only 100 words. It’s great …

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Madison Woods, Driving the John Deere.

About Madison Woods

Click HERE to learn more about me as an artist. Read on below for more general information. What kinds of things does a person who visits this page want to know? Age – over 50, married to the man of my dreams, mother to three incredible people, offspring of a couple of pretty interesting folks, …

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Arkansas Native Plant Nursery

Ozark Native Plants American Ginseng, Ginseng Companion Plants and Medicinal/Edible/Beautiful Arkansas Native Plants Ethically Propagated Wild Ozark™ Nursery specializes in American ginseng and companion plants for ginseng habitat restoration and Arkansas native plants. We also carry some non-native varieties, many of which are introduced and naturalized during the early settlement of our area, but I …

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The Business ‘Circle of Life’ at Wild Ozark

An older post, but still representative. Eventually I’ll update it but for now, I’ll leave it alone: This is the second year since making Wild Ozark my full-time endeavor. Over the past year, I’ve noticed a life-cycle of sorts. It’s risen organically, and next year I hope to be more efficient at taking advantage of …

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A Ginseng Sanctuary at the Compton Gardens in Bentonville

Wild Ozark is honored and excited to be embarking on a long-term project in conjunction with Compton Gardens in Bentonville, Arkansas. This American Ginseng Sanctuary project is made possible, in part, by a grant from the United Plant Savers. This is still under construction but you can see it anytime of the year. Ginseng will be visible …

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Ginseng Companion Plants

As I make posts or create pages about the habitat and companion plants, I’ll post a link to them here. You’ll find some of them are already linked in the list below. These are plants that grow in the same habitat as ginseng. They’re called “Ginseng Companion Plants” and also sometimes “Ginseng Indicator Plants”. Most …

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Plants with Strange Names

Devil’s Walking Stick. Strawberry Wahoo. Green Dragon. Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Fire-Pokers… All plants with strange names. Sometimes my friends and family think I make these names up.   I remember coming home one day after running errands in town. I always drive really slow on the dirt road leading to Wild Ozark, and not just because the …

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To-Do – All the Various & Odd Things on the List for March

The To-Do list today started out pretty clear cut. The plan was to get an early start into town. I need more potting soil, a few groceries, and feed for the horses. That plan was nixed when I woke up and checked email and found a host of notices to alert me of the flurry …

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