Month: April 2016

Purple deadnettle, or is it henbit: third winter annual to make a showing

December 2016 update: I think the winter annual I have been identifying as henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) may be purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) instead. Weeds of the Northeast calls purple deadnettle and henbit similar species. They describe the upper leaves and square stems of purple deadnettle… Continue Reading “Purple deadnettle, or is it henbit: third winter annual to make a showing”

Are blue jays getting a bad rap

Are blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) getting a bad rap. It could be. According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, blue jays are known to take and eat eggs and nestlings of other birds. Indeed, Birds of New Jersey makes a special note of this behavior in… Continue Reading “Are blue jays getting a bad rap”

April is for alliums

April is for alliums. Alliums, whether planted in the fall or in late March and early April, are the best promise in the vegetable garden that spring will get itself established one of these days, that frost cannot defeat vegetables, that things are good… Continue Reading “April is for alliums”

Hairy bittercress has got to go

I am not so sanguine about hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsute), seen above,  as I pretend to be about common chickweed. I can’t defeat chickweed because there’s too much of it. I think I still have a chance with hairy bittercress before it explodes its seeds… Continue Reading “Hairy bittercress has got to go”

Common chickweed–lots of it this spring

I decided to give common chickweed (Stellaria media), seen above, a big bad 10 in my weeding hierarchy this spring. It is big, thick, lush, and getting ready to bloom and go to seed simultaneously. According to a Penn State Extension fact sheet, each chickweed plant… Continue Reading “Common chickweed–lots of it this spring”

Golden Raindrops crabapple trees

Golden Raindrops crabapple trees (Malus transitoria Schmidtcutleaf). Last spring I wrote a post called A robin experiment where I described bringing home dried-up crabapple fruits from the park to feed a hungry old robin. In that post, I expressed a desire to plant some crabapples… Continue Reading “Golden Raindrops crabapple trees”