Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens
Basil, Thai Ocimum basilicum
Perennial, sun-part shade, low water. Low growing dark green nutmeg scented leaves and bright, mauve colored flowers. Great drought tolerant grass free lawn plant or for use in between stepping stones. Tolerant of light foot traffic, it gives off a nutmeg scent. Deer resistant.
Lavender, Phenomenal Lavandula x intermedia
Dahlia, Mignon Single Mixed Dahlia ‘Mignon Series’
Thyme, Shepherd’s Thymus serphllum hort.
Annual, part-full shade, high water. Good in salads & on sandwiches as a lettuce substitute.
Parsley comes from Central and Northern Europe. This broad leaved variety is used as a seasoning in cooked dishes. It has a somewhat stronger flavor than the curly leaved variety.
H. perforatum is the more common of two large, yellow flowered St. John’s-Worts found in the Oswego area. It is an introduction from Europe and in recent years has gained some notoriety as a herbal remedy for depression. If eaten in quantity (not likely due to it’s flavor) it can cause a photosensitive dermatitis. It occurs occasionally along trails and in the mown fields at Rice Creek.
Petroselinum crispum (Curly Parsley)
Sweet Cicely is a European herb with anise-scented, fern-like leaves. The tiny white flowers are followed by rather large, elongate fruits that split into one-seeded segments. The seeds, roots, and leaves are all used in cooking.
This Old World annual has recently spread into the Oswego area. It is a small plant of lawns and gardens. When the fruit is ripe, even the slightest disturbance will cause it to open explosively spreading the seeds in the vicinity of the parent plant. Thus dense colonies are built up in a short time. It was first noticed in the lawn by the bird feeders at Rice Creek in the spring of 2007.
The American Chestnut was once a common tree with oaks and hickories in forests on well drained acid soils in the eastern United States. It has been nearly exterminated by the Chestnut Blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) which was introduced from Europe. In the wild, root systems persist and send up sprouts which occasionally last long enough to produce seed, but eventually succumb to the fungus that remains resident in the root system. Attempts to find or produce a blight resistant strain of American Chestnut continue. A young tree grown from seed was planted in the lawn east of the building at Rice Creek and persisted for many years before dying of the blight. A fungus infected branch was removed from the tree in the summer of 2002 and by 2006 a number of lesions had appeared on the main trunk. Two other trees were planted in the woods nearby. These still persist. Other European and Asian species of Castanea are resistant to the blight fungus and are sometimes grown for nut production.
An illustrated, pocket text book that enables any one to quickly identify any song or insectivorous bird found east of the Rocky Mountains. It describes their habits and peculiarities; tells you where to look for them and describes their nests, eggs and songs.
Printed in convenient form to slip into the back pocket, so as to be available for instant use.
With 320 Flowers in Color, Painted by the Author
WILD FLOWERS EAST OF THE ROCKIES
(B) Wild Carrot ; Bird’s Nest ; Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota) ( European ). While to flower lovers this may appear to be the most beautiful species of the family, it is the most heartily detested weed with which the farmer has to contend. It is very prolific, and each individual plant strikes its roots deep into the ground, as though determined to defy extermination. The fully-opened flower clusters have an exquisite, lace-like appearance, while those half-opened are hollowed suggestively like a bird’s nest; in the centre of the cluster is a tiny purple floret, all the others being white.
We all marvel at the industry of the honey bee; how tirelessly it buzzes from flower to flower, from each gathering a drop of the nectar, with which it fills its cells; but we do not always realize the double duty it is doing, for it is a most reliable and active agent for the propagations of a great many plants. Many butterflies, bees, and even beetles unconsciously accomplish the same result, and it is now conceded that each has special colors that are attractive to them. For instance, the bumblebee has a strong preference for blues and purples. The observer will also notice that a bee makes the rounds from flower to flower, taking all of one kind and passing by other species. While this habit undoubtedly avoids some complications, even should he mix his drinks and visit in succession flowers of widely different species, confusion would not be apt to result, for the stigma of one species is usually not responsive to pollen brought from blossoms of another family.
The flowers, proper, are concealed beneath the large, broad, scale-like, crimson-pink sepals that tightly overlap each other and form the head; these scale-like sepals correspond to the wings on the Fringed Polygala, the true petals and minutely crested keel being shorter and not visible from the outside. The small, stiff, acutely pointed leaves are densely alternated on the stem up to the flower-head. The plant grows from 6 to 12 inches high, and abounds throughout the U. S.
The flower spathes show a great diversity of coloring according to their age, ranging from a pale green sparingly streaked with brown to an almost solid purple tone.