|Cutleaf Daisy (Engelmannia peristenia)|
Native, perennial, volunteer.
Road Field Buffer
What should I see this week but its sunny face!
Hello, Cutleaf Daisy! Welcome back!
|Yellow Sweet Clover|
Exotic biennial. Volunteer.
It looked as if it had formed a compact colony already--I thought I could spot-spray it without collateral damage.
But then I detected native plants interspersed with the clover.
One of them was Canada Milkvetch!
|Canada Milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis)|
Native perennial. In Creek Field seed mix
but a volunteer here in the Road Field Buffer!
The Milkvetch appears between
and the Yellow Sweet Clover.
Canada Milkvetch was in our seedmix for the Creek Field, but not for the Road Field Buffer. The seeds had to travel quite a way to put their roots down here.
Yay, Canada Milkvetch! You're a go-getter!
|A new Compass Plant |
(Silphium laciniatum), native perennial,
volunteers in the Road Field Buffer,
next o the Sweet Clover.
Also interspersed with the clover was the new leaf of a Compass Plant.
Nope! We're not gonna spray.
There's too much good stuff mixed in with the clover. We need the native plants to hold whatever ground we reclaim from the invasives.
|The Milkvetch, Maximillian Sunflowers, and native|
grasses can enjoy some extra space, now that
the Yellow Sweet Clover is gone.
|The roots of Sweet Clover|
can be extensive!
Pretty soon I had liberated the native plants from their invasive neighbors.
And then, as a special treat,
I found a second Cutleaf Daisy!
|A second Cutleaf Daisy blooms in the Field Buffer,|
quite a distance west of the first.