native-plants

Native Enthusiasm

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

At last.  Finally. Why chicory, Cichorium intybus, the blue flower of August roadsides, should have avoided our rural road for so long, is a mystery to me. So forlorn have I been made by its absence, when all neighbouring roads were bright with its sky-blue gaiety, that I have from time to time been tempted [...]

Bur Cucumber: Wildflower Wednesday

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

What better way to celebrate autumn than with a native wildflower more noted for its fruit than its flower. Bur cucumber (Echinocystis lobata), also known as wild cucumber, balsam-apple, or Concombre sauvage, grows on my property in a hedgerow surrounding a ditch. The leaves of this vine are often described as maple-like, but remind me [...]

Mystery Wild Flower Needs Has A Name

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

This past Sunday I enjoyed a family reunion at Chenango Valley State Park. But, like the gardening geek I am, while other family members were taking pictures of cousins in swimming suits or Grandma eating sweet corn, I took a walk around Lily Lake and started taking pictures of wild flowers with my HTC Incredible [...]

Designing with Native Plants: Creating Sustainable Landscapes for the Finger Lakes & Upstate New York

– Posted in: Design, Events, Habitat gardening, Native/Invasive

Just learned of a fabulous workshop on designing with native plants for the Finger Lakes and upstate New York. Here's a brief synopsis of the offerings: Creating Habitats for Birds on Properties Large and Small Stephen W. Kress, National Audubon Society and Lab of Ornithology Learn how to attract birds using the native plants they [...]

What happened to the NY Flora Atlas?

– Posted in: Native/Invasive

Does anyone know what happened to the NY Flora Atlas? I can get a cached image of the site on Google, but my browser tells me the server can't be found. Did the organization go under? Did they lose funding for the website? It seemed like such a worthy project, mapping native populations of various [...]