Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris). There are different forms of loosestrife, and the yellow form is not invasive (at least in our area of Central/Northern New York). However, different plants may be more aggressive depending on the soil conditions and the location where you planted them. Some forms of invasive loosestrife are the purple loosestrife and the gooseneck loosestrife. The purple loosestrife has been known to take over wetland areas where native wetland birds nest and forage for food. The yellow form, as pictured at left, is aggressive, but it's easy to control. Depending on which state you live in it can be considered an invasive species. When your plant is spreading out farther than where you want it to go, you can just dig up some and either plant it in another area or share it with friends. It blooms from June through August, but mine just started blooming (early July). My friend (Charlotte F.) shared this with me.
|Cluster Roses are blooming|
|Low growing campanula (possibly Blue Waterfall)|
This is another variety of campanula bell flower called Clustered Bellflower or Campanula glomerta. It will grow from 8" to 23". It is native to Europe and it is naturalized in the US. It will grow in just about all soil types except wet areas. It can be a very aggressive plant, and the flowers are beautiful. Just be careful where you plant it or otherwise you'll be digging up seedlings every year to keep them from taking over. Another plant shared from my friend Charlotte.
Clematis. Quite a few of the clematises are in bloom now. I took these photos are from a friend's garden (Sue O.). They look beautiful on her white fence.
|Yarrow - a hot pink variety|
|Yarrow - this one might be called Paprika (a red variety)|
|Blooms of Mock Orange shrub (not my shrub)|
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has set up a giant Hogweed Hotline at 845-256-3111 for the 2014 season.
Giant Hogweed is a non-native, invasive Federal Noxious weed that grows abundantly in some areas of Central New York, especially to the northwest of Syracuse. View a map of known locations at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/41952.htmlGiant Hogweed is the largest herbaceous plant found in New York. It can grow 14 feet tall, with leaves 5 feet across, and flowerheads 2 & 1/2 feet across. Contact with sap can cause severe burns, permanent scarring and even blindness if it gets into eyes.
Funding has been made available by New York State and by the United States Forest Service for monitoring and controlling the weed. If you want to know how to identify it and what to do if you spot it, consult Giant Hogweed - NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation. The hotline is also a place to ask questions, report sightings and get help identifying the plant.
DO NOT TOUCH A PLANT IF YOU SUSPECT IT MIGHT BE GIANT HOGWEED. It's especially dangerous to people who are doing fieldwork or trimming roadside vegetation. Giant Hogweed spreads by seed and via people. Don't plant it on purpose.
Here is a video report from Michigan on the Giant Hogweed.Giant Hogweed YouTube Video reported from Michigan
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|Red Admiral butterfly|
|Red Admiral butterfly|
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