Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

        As I went out on this dark and rainy morning with our dog and my headlamp on, two sets of glowing eyes met us in the yard. Our dog, Sadie, went wild. She pulled at the lead, growled, barked, and whined as she tried to get at that second set of eyes. The first set was our barn cat who was, obviously, not in the barn. I turned my headlamp onto high to have a better look. I decided for Sadie and I that we would continue out into the east meadow rather quickly as the second set of glowing eyes belonged to a cute little black and white skunk kitten who was not at all frightened by the noisy dog.  Sadie was reluctant to leave but, since I have had more experience with skunks than she has, we left anyway. I missed taking a photo as handling a camera and a jumping dog in the rain was a bit too much for me.

        Below is the photo that I put together for my Facebook cover for the day. It is a spider web from between two boards in our barn and a carved pumpkin from the  Royal Botanical Garden's pumpkin carving contest that was held last week. They gave the pumpkin 3rd place but I thought it should have had 1st.





        This second photo is of two Common Milkweed pods that caught my eye just at dusk last night in our west meadow. Almost all of the flowers in our meadows are gone now. Some goldenrods and asters are still in bloom and a bit of Red Clover as well as one Oxeye Daisy. OK, there are some Black-eyed Susans too and probably a few others that just skipped my mind for now. Over all, I found 60 wild flowers in bloom last week but most of them were next to the Hamilton harbour where the weather is a bit warmer due to the water and they get more light due to street lights.







Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Autumn in the Dundas Valley

        I can remember when I could walk in the Dundas Valley, just west of Hamilton, for hours without seeing anyone. That is not true these days. We saw lots of hikers, walkers, runners, cyclers, and horseback riders as we walked along the trails of the valley.  That being said, the only ones that seemed to be leaving any litter were the horses and that was all biodegradable.



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Poison Ivy Berries





Poison Ivy - Herbe à la puce - Toxicodendron radicans

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Computer Returned!

        It was a long week without our favourite computer. I did get back to the old PC a few times and worked out with iPad but it's our Apple MacBook Pro that I love working with and it's that one that has the latest Photoshop.

        I have quite a few photos from the week and think some of them are fairly good but it's one that I took yesterday of a seedpod from a Swallowwort, Cynanche in French or Cynanchum rossicum in Latin, that is posted below:



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Computer in Shop


Lost our Apple computer last Friday to a hard drive malfunction. I am finding it difficult to do anything on the old PC & keep running into roadblocks on the iPad. 
     First bit of snow fell this morning. Here is a rough photo from the iPhone.  .  .


I see that it looks like a lot of snow. It isn't. It's a few flakes on a black car hood. 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Birds and Grapes

        The song of the Carolina Wren greeted me as I went out to feed our animals this morning. I am wondering how long it will stay this year. A couple of years ago we had one singing in our backyard all fall and winter.

       While I was still looking for the wren with my binoculars, some other birds crossed my field of vision. We currently have a rather large flock of White-throated Sparrows singing about and eating the dogwood berries. Also in the dogwood patch I saw a Towhee and a Song Sparrow.

        Yesterday, in the early morning, the sun was shining on the dew in some of the wild grapes and I caught these sun reflections with my camera.




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

In Memory of my Youngest Daughter

        Yes, I got the bad news from Australia on Thanksgiving 17 years ago.

        I am thankful for the grand adventures she had and that we had together during her too short life.

        Yes, I am still grieving. The pain lasts and lasts and lasts.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Northern Walkingstick

        These insects are not seen very often. I believe that this one is only the second one that we have found on our property in the last ten years. I attempted to enhance it a bit so it was easier to see but when it is in a tree it is very difficult to see. Fleur-Ange found it yesterday on a blue tarp where it was more easily spotted.




        I believe that the French name for the walkingtick is phasme bâton. The Latin is Diapheromera femorata.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Friday Flowers

        I went on my usual Friday wild flower walk yesterday at RBG's Hendrie Valley and the Hamilton Waterfront Trail next to the Hamilton Harbour. Today, while out on my 10 k training run, I noticed more flowers and Fleur-Ange added even more on her walk so the list for the last two days is 72 species long. Here is what we found:
Hoary Alyssum
Calico Aster
Frost Aster (Pilosus)
Heath Aster (Ericoides)
New England Aster
Panicled Aster
Smooth Aster
Wood Avens
Begger Tick
Hairy Bittercress
Black-Eyed Susan
Bouncing Bet
Rough Bugleweed
Great Burdock
Butter-And-Eggs
White Campion
Catnip
Common Chickweed
Mouse Ear Chickweed
Chicory
Dwarf Cinquefoil
Red Clover
White Clover
White Sweet Clover
Common Comfrey
Tall Coneflower
Thin-leaved Coneflower
Tall Coreopsis
Crown Vetch
Common Dandelion
Red-Seeded Dandelion
Spotted Dead-Nettle
Red Osier Dogwood
Daisy Fleabane
Galinsoga
Small-flowered Galinsoga
Tall Goldenrod
Common Groundsel
Sticky Groundsel
Henbit
Horseweed
Spotted Knapweed
Common Knotgrass
Japanese Knotweed
Mayweed
Motherwort
Black Mustard
Wormseed Mustard
Eastern Black Nightshade
Periwinkle
Pigweed
Pokeweed
Queen Anne's Lace
Rugosa Rose
Common St.Johnswort
Shepherd's Purse
Silverweed
Water Smartweed
White Snakeroot
Dwarf Snapdragon
Common Sow-Thistle
Field Sow Thistle
Spiny-leaved Sow Thistle
Tansey
Teasel
Bull Thistle
Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Cow Vetch
Wallrocket
Witch Hazel
Creeping Wood Sorrel
Yellow Wood Sorrel

        The photo is a close up of a Witch Hazel flower and two seed pods from last year's blooms. The seed pods should POP open any day now and throw out the seeds across the forest floor.



Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Bit of Light on a Dark Foggy Day






        Yes, I know the Amanita's are poisonous but they are beautiful.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Bird Songs and Sights

        I am always slightly amused at the young White-throated Sparrows that pass through on their way south from the northern breeding grounds. They are doing their best to sing their song but it is always just a little bit off.

        Some of our apple trees are breaking down due to the load of apples this year. After having none last year they are trying to make up for lost time, I think. Anyway, in one of the trees there were 20 Cedar Waxwings enjoying the apples. (I just saw in my bird app that a group of waxwings is called either an "ear-full" of waxwings or a "museum" of waxwings. I like the "ear-full" description myself as they are almost always full of their "cedar, cedar" calls so I usually hear them before seeing them.)





        There were lots of photo opportunities this morning just after sunrise but I don't have time to put them up now. Maybe later today or some other day I can get some up. Spider webs and early morning ground fog with autumn colours make for interesting views.

Monday, October 07, 2013

New England Aster

        The New England Asters, Aster de la Nouvelle-Angleterre in French and Symphyotrichum novae-angliae in Latin, have never looked too good this year for reasons that I cannot understand. Two days of rain have not helped them.



        Meanwhile the rainy day did prompt some barn cleaning yesterday. Today I hope to get to my art studio. Most of my "art" lately has been with photography but I do want to do some painting again and then there is the multimedia project that needs attention. 



Sunday, October 06, 2013

Teasel and Moth Mullein

        Here is a photo of two flowers that should have finished flowering a month or so ago. The Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum ssp.sylvestris) started blooming in early July and most have gone to seed long ago. The Moth Mullein (Verbascum blattaria) in the upper background started blooming even earlier in mid June. Most of them have formed and released their seeds already. I find that there are always a few plants in a few places that bloom longer or later than one expects. Both of these are near the shores of Cootes Paradise in Hamilton.




Saturday, October 05, 2013

Bee and Run

        Yesterday I walked for 4 hours looking for wild flowers, mushrooms, and insects. I am not so good at identifying mushrooms and insects but I did find and identify 63 wild flowers still in bloom on this first Friday of October. I am not as good at identifying garden flowers but when I stopped to enjoy what ever flower was in the photo below, I noticed a bee also enjoying the flower. It was enjoying it so much that it allowed me to get quite close with my camera.





        Today I was on the run again. It was an 18 km training run for an upcoming half marathon. It was supposed to be long and slow but the speed was a bit more than was comfortable at times as I was with three other runners and they kept me moving. The distance was also a bit more than expected as my GPS said 18.75 at the end. Oh well, maybe that will make the half marathon easier in a few weeks.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Evening Light

        The evening sunlight was coming across our western meadow and caught a milkweed pod in just the right way. Sometimes the seeds of plants are as beautiful as the flowers.




Thursday, October 03, 2013

October Mosquito

        Who knew that mosquitoes were so attractive to look at? I usually just see them when they attack me and I don't look but swat. This morning I found this "cool" mosquito on a goldenrod and he was too cool to fly off so I got to take photos until my dog knocked over the plant. According to my insect book (Kaufman: Field Guide to Insects of North America), the male mosquitoes have "plumose antennae," so I decided this one was male. The book also said that many of them are covered in iridescent scales so the colours are really rather nice. What do you think?




Wednesday, October 02, 2013

October Flowers

     During every month of the year, for at least the last 15 years, I have been going out to look for wild flowers. Before that, I looked from spring to fall but after retirement I found more time to search during winter as well as the other seasons. In addition to looking by myself, I have been leading wild flower walks since 1981 and many eyes see even more flowers. When I first started looking, flowers were few and far between during the autumn, winter and early spring but these days, with warmer weather staying long and longer, there are more and more flowers to be found. Following is my October list. I have never found all of these flowers during any one October but all of them have been found during some past year during October. The list is currently 275 species long for the counties of Brant and Wentworth with most of them being in Wentworth. (As an aside, the entire county is now under the government of the City of Hamilton much to the displeasure of the various smaller villages in the county.) Anyway, if you are looking on the map for the area, look at the west end of Lake Ontario in southern Ontario. Many of the flower bloom longer here due to lake effect warming in the fall and early winter.

Here is the list for October:



Alkanet * .-. Anchusa arvensis
Alyssum, Hoary * .-. Berteroa incana
Amaranth, Green * .-. Amaranthus retroflexus
Amaranth, Slender .-. Amaranthus hybridus
Apple-Of-Peru * .-. Nicandra physalodes
Artichoke, Jerusalem * .-. Helianthus tuberosus
Aster, Amethyst .-. Symphyotrichum X amethystinum
Aster, Arrow-Leaved .-. Symphyotrichum urophyllum
Aster, Azure (Sky Blue) .-. Symphyotrichum oolentangiense 
Aster, Calico (Starved) .-. Symphyotrichum lateriflorum
Aster, Flat-Topped .-. Doellingeria umbellata
Aster, Frost .-. Symphyotrichum pilosum
Aster, Heart-Leaved .-. Symphyotrichum cordifolium
Aster, Heath .-. Symphyotrichum ericoides
Aster, Large-Leaved .-. Eurybia macrophylla
Aster, New England .-. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Aster, Panicled .-. Symphyotrichum lanceolatum
Aster, Purple-Stemmed .-. Aster puniceus var. puniceus
Aster, Smooth .-. Symphyotrichum laeve
Avens, Catling's * .-. Geum x catlingii 
Avens, White .-. Geum canadense
Avens, Wood * .-. Geum urbanum
Avens, Yellow .-. Geum aleppicum
Balsam, Himalayan * .-. Impatiens glandulifera
Basil, Wild .-. Clinopodium vulgare
Beechdrops .-. Epifagus virginiana
Beggar Tick .-. Bidens frondosa
Beggar Tick, Tall .-. Bidens vulgata
Bellflower, Creeping * .-. Campanula rapunculoides
Bindweed, Field * .-. Convolvulus arvensis
Bindweed, Hedge .-. Calystegia sepium
Bittercress, Hairy * .-. Cardamine hirsuta 
Black-Eyed Susan .-. Rudbeckia hirta
Boneset .-. Eupatorium perfoliatum
Boneset, Tall .-. Eupatorium altissimum
Bouncing Bet * .-. Saponaria officinalis
Buckwheat, Climbing False .-. Polygonum scandens
Bugleweed, Northern .-. Lycopus uniflorus
Bugleweed, Rough .-. Lycopus asper
Bugloss, Viper's * .-. Echium vulgare
Bur Cucumber, One-Seeded .-. Sicyos angulatus
Bur-Marigold, Nodding .-. Bidens cernua
Burdock, Common * .-. Arctium minus
Burdock, Great * .-. Arctium lappa
Butter-And-Eggs * .-. Linaria vulgaris
Buttercup, Tall * .-. Ranuculus acris
Campion, Bladder * .-. Silene vulgaris
Campion, Red * .-. Silene dioica
Campion, White  * .-. Silene latifolia
Cancerwort, Roundleaf * .-. Kickxia spuria
Cancerwort, Sharpleaf* .-. Kickxia elatine
Carpenter's Square (Figwort) .-. Scrophularia marilandica
Carpetweed * .-. Mollugo verticillata
Catchfly, Night Flowering * .-. Silene noctiflora
Catnip * .-. Nepeta cataria
Celandine * .-. Chelidonium majus
Chamomile, Scentless * .-. Matricaria maritima
Charlock * .-. Sinapis arvensis
Chickweed, Common * .-. Stellaria media
Chickweed, Mouse-Ear * .-. Cerastium fontanum
Chicory * .-. Cichorium intybus
Cinquefoil, Common .-. Potentilla simplex
Cinquefoil, Dwarf .-. Potentilla canadensis
Cinquefoil, Rough .-. Potentilla norvegica
Cinquefoil, Rough-Fruited * .-. Potentilla recta
Cinquefoil, Silvery * .-. Potentilla argentea
Clearweed .-. Pilea pumila
Cleavers .-. Galium aparine
Clotbur, Common .-. Xanthium strumarium
Clover, Alsike * .-. Trifolium hybridum ssp.elegans
Clover, Hop * .-. Trifolium aureum
Clover, Red * .-. Trifolium pratense
Clover, White * .-. Trifolium repens
Clover, White Sweet * .-. Melilotus alba
Clover, Yellow Sweet * .-. Melilotus officinalis
Comfrey, Common * .-. Symphytum officinale ssp.officinale
Coneflower, Purple * .-. Echinacea purpurea
Coneflower, Tall .-. Rudbeckia laciniata
Coneflower, Thin-Leaved * .-. Rudbeckia triloba
Cress, Marsh Yellow .-. Rorippa palustris ssp.fernaldiana
Crowfoot, Bristly * .-. Ranunculus pensylvanicus
Crowfoot, Cursed .-. Ranunculus sceleratus
Crown-vetch, Purple * .-. Securigera varia
Cucumber, Wild .-. Echinocystis lobata
Cup Plant .-. Silphium perfoliatum var.perfoliatum
Daisy, Oxeye * .-. Leucanthemum  vulgare
Dandelion, Common * .-. Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion, Red-Seeded * .-. Taraxacum erythrospermum
Dayflower, Asiatic * .-. Commelina communis
Dead-Nettle, Purple * .-. Lamium purpureum
Dead-Nettle, Spotted * .-. Lamium maculatum
Dogwood, Red-Osier (Shrub) .-. Cornus  stolonifera
Dogwood, Silky (Pale)(Shrub) .-. Cornus amomum
Elecampane * .-. Inula helenium
Evening Primrose, Common .-. Oenothera biennis
Feverfew * .-. Tanacetum parthenium
Flax, Common * .-. Linum usitatissimum
Fleabane, Common .-. Erigeron philadelphicus
Fleabane, Daisy .-. Erigeron annuus
Fleabane, Lesser Daisy .-. Erigeron strigosus
Flower-Of-An-Hour * .-. Hibiscus trionum
Forget-Me-Not, Smaller .-. Myosotis laxa
Forget-Me-Not, True * .-. Myosotis scorpioides
Foxtail, Meadow * (Grass) .-. Alopecurus pratensis
Galinsoga * .-. Galinsoga quadriradiata
Galinsoga, Small-Flowered .-. Galinsoga parviflora
Goatsbeard, Meadow * .-. Tragopogon pratensis ssp.pratensis
Goatsbeard, Yellow * .-. Tragopogon dubius
Goldenrod, Blue-Stemmed .-. Solidago caesia
Goldenrod, Canada .-. Solidago canadensis
Goldenrod, Gray .-. Solidago nemoralis
Goldenrod, Hairy .-. Solidago hispida
Goldenrod, Lance-Leaved .-. Euthamia graminifolia
Goldenrod, Late .-. Solidago gigantea
Goldenrod, Rough-Leaved .-. Solidago patula
Goldenrod, Stiff (Hard-Leaved) .-. Solidago rigida
Goldenrod, Tall .-. Solidago altissima ssp. Altissima
Goldenrod, Zigzag .-. Solidago flexicaulis
Ground Cherry, Clammy .-. Physalis heterophylla
Ground Ivy * .-. Glechoma hederacea
Groundsel, Common * .-. Senecio vulgaris
Groundsel, Sticky * (S.Ragwort) .-. Senecio viscosus
Harebell .-. Campanula rotundifolia
Hawkweed, Field * .-. Hieracium caespitosum
Hawkweed, Orange * .-. Hieracium aurantiacum
Hawkweed, Panicled ? .-. Hieracium paniculatum
Heal-All .-. Prunella vulgaris
Hemlock, Poison * .-. Conium maculatum
Henbit * .-. Lamium amplexicaule
Herb Robert * .-. Geranium robertianum
Honewort .-. Cryptotaenia canadensis
Honeysuckle, Amur * (Shrub) .-. Lonicera maackii
Honeysuckle, Northern Bush .-. Diervilla lonicera
Honeysuckle, Tartarian * .-. Lonicera tatarica
Horehound, Black .-. Ballota nigra
Horehound, European * .-. Lycopus europaeus
Horehound, Water .-. Lycopus americanus
Horse Balm .-. Collinsonia canadensis
Horseweed .-. Conyza canadensis
Hound's Tongue * .-. Cynoglossum officinale
Hyssop, Yellow Giant .-. Agastache nepetoides 
Indian Tobacco .-. Lobelia inflata
Jimsonweed * .-. Datura stramonium
Joe-Pye Weed, Spotted .-. Eupatorium maculatum
Knapweed, Black * .-. Centaurea nigra
Knapweed, Brown * .-. Centaurea jacea
Knapweed, Spotted * .-. Centaurea maculosa
Knapweed, Tyrol .-. Centaurea nigrescens
Knotgrass, Common * .-. Polygonum aviculare
Knotweed, Japanese * .-. Polygonum cuspidatum
Knotweed, Pink .-. Polygonum pensylvanicum
Knotweed, Virginia (Jumpseed) .-. Polygonum virginianum
Lady's Thumb * .-. Polygonum persicaria
Leafcup, Small-Flowered .-. Polymnia canadensis
Lettuce, White .-. Prenanthes alba
Lettuce, Wild .-. Lactuca canadensis
Lobelia, Great .-. Lobelia siphilitica
Loosestrife, Purple * .-. Lythrum salicaria
Mallow, Common(Cheeses) * .-. Malva neglecta
Mallow, Indian * (Velvetleaf) * .-. Abutilon theophrasti
Mallow, Musk * .-. Malva moschata
Marjoram, Wild * .-. Origanum vulgare
Mayweed * .-. Anthemis cotula
Medick, Black * .-. Medicago lupulina
Medick, Hyrid *(Yellow Alfalfa) .-. Medicago X varia
Mercury, Three-Seeded .-. Acalypha rhomboidea
Milk-vetch, Canada .-. Astragalus canadensis
Mint, Round-Leaved * (?) .-. Mentha suaveolens
Mint, Wild .-. Mentha arvensis
Mint, Wooly * .-. Mentha X villosa
Motherwort * .-. Leonurus cardiaca
Mountain Mint, Virginia .-. Pycnanthemum virginianum
Mugwort, Common * .-. Artemisia vulgaris
Mullein, Clasping-Leaved .-. Verbascum phlomoides
Mullein, Common * .-. Verbascum thapsus
Mullein, Dark * .-. Verbascum nigrum
Mullein, Moth * .-. Verbascum blattaria
Mustard, Black * .-. Brassica nigra
Mustard, Dog * .-. Erucastrum gallicum
Mustard, Field * .-. Brassica rapa
Mustard, Garlic * .-. Alliaria petiolata
Mustard, Hedge * .-. Sisymbrium officinale
Mustard, Tumble * .-. Sisymbrium altissimum
Mustard, Wormseed * .-. Erysimum cheiranthoides
Nettle, Stinging * .-. Urtica dioica ssp dioica
Nettle, Tall .-. Urtica dioica ssp.gracilis
Nightshade, Bittersweet * .-. Solanum dulcamara
Nightshade, Eastern Black .-. Solanum ptychanthum
Nipplewort * .-. Lapsana communis
Obedient Plant .-. Physostegia virginiana
Oyster Plant * .-. Tragopogon porrifolius
Pea, Everlasting * .-. Lathyrus latifolius
Pennycress, Field * .-. Thlaspi arvense
Peppergrass, Field * .-. Lepidium campestre
Peppergrass, Wild .-. Lepidium virginicum
Peppermint * .-. Mentha X piperita
Periwinkle * .-. Vinca minor
Phlox, Garden * .-. Phlox paniculata
Pigweed * .-. Chenopodium album var. album
Pilewort (American Burnweed) .-. Erechtites hieraciifolius
Pineapple Weed * .-. Matricaria  discoidea
Pink, Deptford * .-. Dianthus armeria
Plantain, Common * .-. Plantago major
Plantain, English * .-. Plantago lanceolata
Plantain, Red-Stemmed (Pale) .-. Plantago rugelii
Pokeweed .-. Phytolacca americana
Purslane * .-. Portulaca oleracea
Queen Anne's Lace * .-. Daucus carota
Ragweed, Common .-. Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Ragweed, Perennial (Western) .-. Ambrosia psilostachya
Raspberry, Purple-Flowering .-. Rubus odoratus
Raspberry, Wild Red .-. Rubus idaeus
Rocket, Dame's * .-. Hesperis matronalis
Rocket, Sea .-. Cakile edentula
Rocket, Yellow * .-. Barbarea vulgaris
Rose, Rugosa * .-. Rosa rugosa
Saint Johnswort, Common * .-. Hypericum perforatum
Scorpion-Grass, Blue * .-. Myosotis stricta
Shepherd's Purse * .-. Capsella bursa-pastoris
Silverrod .-. Solidago bicolor
Silverweed .-. Argentia anserina
Smartweed, Nodding .-. Polygonum lapathifolium
Smartweed, Water .-. Polygonum amphibium
Snakeroot, White .-. Ageratina altissima
Snapdragon, Dwarf * .-. Chaenorrhinum minus
Snow-On-The-Mountain * .-. Euphorbia marginata
Snowberry .-. Symphoricarpos albus
Sow Thistle, Common * .-. Sonchus oleraceus
Sow Thistle, Field * .-. Sonchus arvensis
Sow Thistle, Spiny-Leaved * .-. Sonchus asper
Spearment * .-. Mentha spicata
Speedwell, Persian * .-. Veronica persica
Speedwell, Thyme-Leaved * .-. Veronica serpyllifolia
Spurge, Leafy * .-. Euphorbia esula
Spurge, Petty * .-. Euphorbia peplus
Spurge, Spotted* .-. Chamaesyce maculata
Storksbill * .-. Erodium cicutarium
Strawberry, Field .-. Fragaria virginiana
Summer-Cypress * .-. Kochia scoparia
Sunflower, Common * .-. Helianthus annuus
Sunflower, Saw-toothed .-. Helianthus grosseserratus
Sunflower, Tall (Giant) .-. Helianthus giganteus
Sunflower, Woodland .-. Helianthus divaricatus
Swallowwort * .-. Cynanchum rossicum 
Tansey * .-. Tanacetum vulgare
Tea, Oswego .-. Monarda didyma
Tearthumb, Arrow-Leaved .-. Polygonum sagittatum
Teasel * .-. Dipsacus fullonum ssp.sylvestris
Thistle, Bull * .-. Cirsium vulgare
Thistle, Canada * .-. Cirsium arvense
Thistle, Globe * .-. Echinops sphaerocephalus
Thistle, Nodding * .-. Carduus nutans
Touch-Me-Not, Pale .-. Impatiens pallida
Touch-Me-Not, Spotted .-. Impatiens capensis
Trefoil, Birdsfoot * .-. Lotus corniculatus
Turtlehead .-. Chelone glabra
Valerian, Garden * .-. Valeriana officinalis
Vervain, Blue .-. Verbena hastata
Vervain, White .-. Verbena urticifolia
Vetch, Cow * (Tufted V.) .-. Vicia cracca
Vetch, Hairy * (Shaggy V.) .-. Vicia villosa
Vetch, Narrow-leaved * .-. Vicia sativa ssp nigra
Violet, Canada .-. Viola canadensis
Violet, Common .-. Viola sororia
Violet, Downy Yellow .-. Viola pubescens
Wall-Rocket, Narrow-Leaved * .-. Diplotaxis tenuifolia
Wallrocket * .-. Diplotaxis muralis
Watercress * .-. Nasturtium officinale
Willow Herb, Hairy * .-. Epilobium hirsutum
Willow Herb, Sparse-Flowered * .-. Epilobium parviflorum
Witch Hazel .-. Hamamelis virginiana
Wood Sorrel, Creeping .-. Oxalis corniculata
Wood Sorrel, Yellow .-. Oxalis stricta
Wormwood, Sweet * .-. Artemisia annua
Yarrow, Common * .-. Achillea millefolium

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Wild Grapes

        Somehow I cannot look at wild grapes without thinking of grape jelly. The last time I tried to make some I ended up with a grape brick. I have an idea for a grape jelly experiment but won't bother sharing until it works, or does not.