|View upstream toward Harper's Ferry, WV a few days before Hurricane Sandy.|
|The woolly leaves of Sweet Everlasting are similar |
to those of Pearly Everlasting (see below).
|The flowers of Pearly Everlasting have yellow centers.|
|The reddish-brown stipe of Ebony Spleenwort |
is not as rigid as those of Christmas Fern.
One of the projects I have in mind is to 'develop' a portion of the property as a meadow area. I was planning on covering the area with cardboard (a material I have an ample supply of after unpacking) to kill off the existing lawn. However, a good portion of this area has been going wild for a couple of years and, on closer examination, I have found many of the desired grasses already present. Now I think I will take a different approach, rather than starting with a clean slate, I will augment the existing native species and edit out the invasives. This will be a tedious job, but it would be a shame to remove the indigenous gene pool and replace them with the same species from some other ecoregion. Currently in this meadow to be there are a lot of Multiflora Rose. There also appear to be some other rose species. I will need to wait for some fresh growth to make a determination of which rose is which.
|Multiflora Rose can be identified by the comb-like stipules. |
Most native roses less complex stipules.
|Anyone familiar with this plant?|
There are a number of wildflowers growing in this area. One that was still in bloom in October is what I believe to be a species of Helianthus. I would appreciate any thoughts as to which species this is. Since there was only one plant in bloom, I did not want to generalize too much based on one (partial) flower. I'm leaning toward Jerusalem Artichoke, H. tuberosus, but there are so many other possibilities.
Some of the native grasses that are well represented in this meadow area are Little Bluestem, Switch Grass, and Deer Tongue Grass. In the deciduous woods there are many clumps of Spreading Sedge, Carex laxiculmis.
|Little Bluestem comes into its glory in the fall |
when the seedheads glow in the low sunlight
|Deer Tongue Grass stands out among the other grasses in the sunny meadow with its relatively short, broad blades. The plume-like seed heads are lost early in the season.|
|Clumps of Spreading Sedge are scattered |
through the moist deciduous woodlands.