Weed of the Week #13 – Red Maple (Acer rubrum: Aceraceae)

Welcome back to Weed of the Week. It’s been a long while since our last post but with our first blizzard of the year rolling in we thought it would be nice to dream of spring flowers. This week we …

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It’s Butterfly Season!

In the past few weeks the butterfly numbers have been increasing in New York City. Butterflies are attracted to the copious amounts of nectar that have become available recently. Although it is great to provide them with nectar in our …

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Weed of the Week #12 – Butter and Eggs (Linaria vulgaris: Plantaginaceae)

The weed for this week is one that can be found just about anywhere but it tends to be found growing in cracks in abandoned lots. I photographed this specimen above growing in some large planters that were not maintained …

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Weed of the Week #11 – Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis: Lamiaceae)

 

This week I chose the weed that is the most common in my garden, Lemon balm. The reason for it being the most common is because it is the least likely weed to be pulled out and thrown in …

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Weed of the Week #10 – Black Cherry (Prunus serotina: Rosaceae)

 

This week’s weed is another tree that can easily be spotted if you live in the eastern United States, and yes it has white spike blossoms too! ¬†Black cherry is a rather weedy tree that has been known to …

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Weed of the Week #9 – Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia: Fabaceae)

 

Weed of the week has been on a rather, long hiatus due to the growing pains of ¬†Green Sky Designs last year, but we promise that this year we will be with you each and every week with a …

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Weed of the Week #8 – Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum: Polygonaceae)

The first time I saw this weed I seriously thought it must’ve come from another planet. I was renovating a garden and all along the backside of the garden was a grove of Japanese knotweed. This weed can grow to …

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Weed of the Week #7 – Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta: Brassicaceae)

Weed of the week has been on sabbatical for the past month and a half, I know. But, springtime is busy time for Green Sky Designs and we have been busy working on a lot of new projects. Stay tuned …

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Like Birds? Help Scientists with eBird

Do you like birds? Do you ever go for a walk and notice lots of different species of birds and feel the need to record the sightings in some way? Want to help scientists understand how climate affects wildlife? If …

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Weed of the Week #6 – Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus: Celastraceae)

Before spring officially starts I thought I would add a weed that is most conspicuous during the winter. Oriental bittersweet is most easily identified when it set its fruit because they are often used in flower arrangements and holiday decorations. …

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