Monarch Population Data.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in General, Science

The website monarchwatch.org offers – among many other things – data on monarch populations year by year.  Since the monarchs overwinter in only a few areas, winter populations can be measured fairly accurately.  The bad news is that 2014-15 winter was the second-lowest population total ever recorded for monarchs, the monarchs covering 1.13 hectares of […]

Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed.

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Gardening, General, Plant Profile
Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed.

It is a bit unfortunate that one of the best native plants for Catskill gardeners,  Asclepias incarnata, should have been given the name “swamp milkweed.”  I just tried to give away a couple of seedlings of swamp milkweed, and I was greeted with suspicion.  “Weed? Is the plant ugly?”  “No, it’s quite pretty.”  “Do I […]