How Does Shrove Tuesday Prepare Us For Lent?
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins)
Common barberry or European barberry, Berberis vulgaris, is a non-native invasive woody shrub. ... However, it is now widely classified as an invasive species in many states. Grown for its color and deer-resistance (due to thorns), it has escaped cultivation and is now found invading forests and disturbed areas
It's already banned in New York, Maine, and Minnesota. That's partly because the plant could be bad for human health as well. It provides a haven for ticks that carry the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease
As of Oct. 6, it became illegal to sell Japanese barberry, a small shrub popular with landscapers for being tough, deer-resistant yet elegant. ... And areas with a lot of Japanese barberry often have more of the kind of ticks that carry Lyme disease, according to research from the University of Connecticut
This little beauty bites. Just below those beautiful red leaves are the tiniest, and sharpest thorns you will ever encounter. Since the plant requires so little maintenance, you don't encounter the thorns very often. Just don't plant Crimson Pygmy Barberry where little kids are likely to tread
The thornless barberry shrub (Berberis thunbergii "Thornless") is an anomaly among the barberry varieties. While most have thorns, the thornless barberry is essentially barbless. Its bright green summer foliage changes to a dramatic red-orange in the fall
There are over 400 species of barberry plants. Many barberries have sharp thorns; however, some are without. Be sure to consider this when growing barberry bushes, especially if you have small children. Also, some types of barberry may become invasive in some regions