Category Archives: Local Flora and Fauna

SITY: Fifth Clover

Earlier this year I found that black medic had spread into the side yard. I was amazed first by how well established it already was and second by how big the plants were. They were much larger than the ones … Continue reading

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SITY: Secret of the Violets

One late-August day, many years ago, I decided to do a little weeding, and I pulled up a big violet plant that was growing somewhere that it didn’t belong. Near the base of the plant were what appeared to be … Continue reading

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Goldenrod Tea

I’m a chicken when it comes to foraging, but I am genuinely interested in trying some of the edible wild plants that I’ve been learning about. I am working up my courage to try them while I expand my knowledge … Continue reading

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SITY: Low Light

It never fails. If I walk late, and especially if it’s cloudy, I always see things that need to be photographed. That’s what happened today. Of course, nothing photographs well under such low light, but I took pictures anyway, and … Continue reading

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SITY: Baby Blues

This plant is called blue-eyed grass, but it’s not really a grass. It belongs to the iris family. Several websites mentioned that it’s a good flower for borders of gardens and pathways. If it could be encouraged to grow more … Continue reading

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SITY: Plantains

I don’t now about you, but when I see the word “plantain” I think of that banana lookalike that’s sometimes sold in grocery stores. But, there are plants growing right outside that also go by the name “plantain.” Though the … Continue reading

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SITY: Survivors

Many of the plants in my yard are aggressive spreaders, and I often characterize them as battling one another for dominance, especially as new plants arrive and join the fray. But there don’t seem to be any major losers in … Continue reading

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Nature Report: Late May

Positives: The pyrola is coming along nicely. The flower stalks have gotten taller, as expected. The false Solomon’s seal is blooming. It’s one of my favorite woodland wildflowers, and I plan to feature it in a SITY post later this … Continue reading

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SITY: A Plant With Potential

This cute little plant is starflower. Though I’d seen it in the woods before and identified it, I’d never gotten around to writing about it. Then, earlier this month, I found it growing on my property, below one of our … Continue reading

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Tricky Tick

I recently found a dog tick crawling across the floor near the front door. It must have hitched a ride into the house on someone’s shoe. I’m so glad that I saw it and removed it before it had a … Continue reading

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