Friday, May 2, 2008

One More Walk at Susie's Farm

Mr. McGregor's Daughter just provided an ID for this plant.
It's the "dreaded Garlic Mustard."
(I still love this close-up view.)
And we'll have to attack it before it spreads!
It's highly invasive and is quite a threat.
(I like this photo, too.)
Some photos for your enjoyment... At left, a Buttercup. Below, a Spring Beauty.

Woodland phlox and a four-leafed trillium!

Not sure what this first one is... nor this second one!

Have to look this one up, too. Check out the egg. It was lying on the path!

Great fungus. Now, here's the aftermath of the Winter ice jam/flood!

We're all the way up on the bank. I know it's hard to see, but the water flowed over both sides of the bank and left debris all over where we were walking. You can see some on the grass in front of us.We saw the cutest little bird. Of course my 3x zoom doesn't bring anything into focus that's very far away. But, I must look it up. It had a bright yellow spot on its back, above its tail. Two of them were flying around the water. No swooping, gliding for this little bird. Its flutter was rather awkward in comparison to swallows.


Another great walk! You can tell things are "greening up!"
:-)

6 comments:

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Oh do I know what that 1st plant is - get it out right now & make sure you get all the roots - it's the dreaded Garlic Mustard! So invasive it is taking over woodlands, crowding out native plants & destroying the ecosystem that it has been labeled a noxious weed by the State of Illinois. The only good thing about it is it's edible.

Shady Gardener said...

MMD, Have you tried eating it? :-)
My husband concurs and has instructed us to take garbage bags to put them in... and to wash our clothes before we had out to OUR farm! It's also listed as a noxious weed in Wisconsin and Michigan, I think.
Thanks for your id!

colette said...

I just checked out all of your blogs. Very sweet indeed. You must've been everyones favorite school teacher. I especially enjoyed the poems/(3/25 post). Think I'll go have a cup of tea now. Very nice blogs. Thanks.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Colette,
Aren't you so nice! I couldn't follow your name, so I don't know where you came from... but thanks! And come again! :-)

GardenAuthor said...

I missed these, earlier - very interesting, but keep your garlic mustard. New to me, but we've got tenacious onion and garlic grasses, which form millions of bulbs, traveling down the hill to the edge of the swamp... it also keeps trying to establish itself in my garden (oh boy, is it pungent!). Wanna trade?

GardenAuthor said...

Were those yellow-rumped warblers? Mine are constantly busy little fliers, frequenting the air space around and over Lily Pond... Deb

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