Rosa multiflora, Robinia pseudoacacia & Populus alba

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Invasives, Landscape
Rosa multiflora, Robinia pseudoacacia & Populus alba

Maybe call this: addendum. Today, I’ve temporarily taken over a supervisory role monitoring landscape restoration efforts in Pelham Bay, Bronx.  Today validated a few things for me – which I hope is quite clear from the snap taken. Now, I realise Pelham Bay is a far, far, far away URBAN place, practically the antithesis of […]

Residential Landscape and Ecological Restoration

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Gardening, General, Landscape, The Catskills

As a trained landscape architect, I have found my industry to be a tad much in the grey area when it comes to ecological restoration.  We are often not plants people.  We are also not often scientists.  We are often chained to desks working on drawings on drafting programs for long hours without a relationship […]

Redwing blackbirds and willows

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Landscape, The Catskills

I love this photo by Christopher Martin . What says ‘spring’ in the Catskills better than these two earliest heralds of the season? The redwing blackbird is unmistakable with its flashy red epaulettes but the willow- well, I’d need a good hand lens and a working knowledge of willow stamens to tell you which species the […]

Forest health in the Catskills

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Science, The Catskills

As the smaller of two forest preserves in New York, the Catskills doesn’t often get all the attention it deserves. A few years ago,however, we got lucky. A research arm of the US Forest Service targeted the Catskills to do a few fly-overs using NASA technology (think planes with lasers) to help map forest health. […]

Winter Ferns in the Catskills.

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in General
Winter Ferns in the Catskills.

If you thought your winter was hard, imagine living on top of a rock all winter, exposed to the wind the whole time. On top of this Catskill boulder we see Polypodium virginianum, rockcap fern, one of our evergreen ferns, and what looks like a very sad and droopy Dryopteris. Catskills Dryopteris species remain green […]