Tag: Broadleaf plantains

Larval food plants for great spangled fritillary and common buckeye butterflies

A great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) and a common buckeye (Junonia coenia) were seen in my garden in the fall of 2017. September 22 for the great spangled fritillary. October 19 for the common buckeye.   October 19 was also a day when clusters…

Weed report 2016

Weed report for 2016. Lovely photo above of crocus blooming on March 11, when you would think that the garden is weed-free, at least visibly so, but just look in the upper righthand corner. Creeping Charlie. In March. At least it isn’t growing. This…

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…

Weeds of July

Weeds of July. Weeds have their seasons just as trees, flowers, and vegetables do. The smaller, cuter weeds of spring, like chickweed and purple deadnettle, have given way to bigger, uglier varieties, like crabgrass and prostrate knotweed. Even creeping Charlie, always with us, gets…

Weeds of June

Weeds of June. Things are looking sinister on the weed front. New weeds, expected and unexpected, are making an appearance. The good news is that most of the weeds described in the post Weeds of May have faded from the scene. Not creeping Charlie, of…

Weeds of May

Weeds of May. My weeding plan, as I outlined in the posts Weeds and Weeds of April, is to work at eradicating weeds from the gardens based on a weed hierarchy. I give the worst weeds a 10 and the fairly insignificant weeds, so far as…

Weeds of April

Weeds of April. Although all weeds are with us all the time in some form or other, this post is intended to highlight the weeds most consuming my weeding attention during the spring month of April. I plan to rate the weeds in my…