Invasives and Nuance

Invasives and Nuance I've had a long and complicated relationship with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and we finally broke up for good this year. The opening photo shows C. perfoliatum's cousin, Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It's Invasive Species Awareness Week, so I thought maybe it's a good time to open up about my experience of [...]

By | 2017-05-22T22:10:34+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cup Plant, garden, Invasive plant species, landscaping|0 Comments

Conservation Bouquets with Invasive Plants

    Conservation Bouquet with Invasive Plant Purple Loosestrife   A deep appreciation for native plants usually is cultivated in a person's mind or heart once education about invasive plants really sinks in. Once I understood a little bit about how noxious, introduced invasive species can crowd out natural areas and prevent our wildlife [...]

Our wetland habitat’s native species struggle against invasives, in photos.

There is a desperate struggle in our local wetlands between the native plant that creates habitat for butterflies and birds called Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpurea) and the invasive plant species, noxious weed and habitat thief known as Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). As both wetland plants are in bloom right now, the competition is obvious. [...]

On a recent visit to the DEC tree nursery in Saratoga

This past week I finally had a chance to do something I've meant to for weeks: visit the Saratoga DEC Tree Nursery. I drive by it on Route 50 all the time on my way to garden design projects in the Saratoga and capital district. I've been more than curious: I've read about some of [...]

Paradigm Shift, Part 2.

There's so much more to say about the Paradigm Shift we are experiencing, it may take many more blogposts to do it justice. As people realize they will be healthier and save money by learning about ecological gardening and organic lawn care, we see interest growing in home and business owners alike. Run of the [...]

Results of Poor Plant Choices, 2 Years Later.

Yesterday found me on a lovely piece of property doing some more early spring gardening tasks. This particular client ascribes to the wildlife habitat gardening school of thought which involves leaving the plants up all winter so the birds can feed on them and get shelter from predators behind taller species. Native plants (like New [...]

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