A new butterfly garden in Malta, NY

Sometimes a strategy ecologically savvy landscape designers use to decide what to plant where on a property is to observe what plants are already growing and use them as ecological indicator species. The new butterfly garden in Malta, NY, installed over the past week was subject to this ecological landscape design technique. This Asclepias tuberosa [...]

Vernal Equinox reflections

Today while I was out walking, I noticed that my neighbor's Oak tree still has most of it's leaves. Margaret Atwood has a poem about how all the qualities she most dislikes in people she loves in Oak trees: their cheapness and emotional withdrawal. Oaks are always the last deciduous trees to lose their leaves [...]

By |2012-03-21T14:30:57-04:00March 21st, 2012|ecological indicator plants, Native Plants|Comments Off on Vernal Equinox reflections

On Ecological Indicator Plant Species

I have been thinking about Indicator Plant species lately. These are plants that exist only if certain environmental conditions are met. This is an Ecology facet, and one that makes my understanding of the world expand for knowing about it. Lichens are abundant in my community, and that's a very positive indicator. Lichens are a [...]

By |2012-01-06T16:19:21-05:00January 6th, 2012|ecological indicator plants, Native Plants|Comments Off on On Ecological Indicator Plant Species