I’ve had a special place in my heart for bobcats since I was a child. My grandfather used to live-trap them for zoos and I had the good fortune to be able to see them up close and personal while they were awaiting transport. So you can imagine my delight when I got this photo through the the America’s Great Outdoors Tumblr blog. What a sweetie pie! [Read more…]
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I’ve been the “dig” coordinator for my local Wild Ones Fox Valley Area (WOFVA) Chapter since we chartered in November 1974. It is a role that has often brought tears to my eyes knowing a natural area is going to be destroyed, but gratitude to my heart knowing we will be able to rescue at least some of the indigenous plants.
Nowadays, however, although sad, the rescues we conduct in the Fox Valley are typically for sites which have been planted with prairie the owner or new owner wants repurposed for some other use.
We recently conducted a plant rescue in a prairie that had been overcome by native Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It was a beautiful prairie as it was beginning its annual growth, but I could see already how the shorter, less bold plants would soon be overcome by the taller, more bold Compass Plants. Except for all the Compass Plant, it was a beautiful example of a 13 year old prairie. [Read more…]
I have had some strange leaves growing in one end of my prairie. For years, it just sat there, not blossoming or showing me what it was except to keep spreading.* A few years ago, it popped up a couple of funny looking flowers that were the deepest brightest purple I have every seen. Over the years, I have clipped the flowers because I knew they didn’t belong in my prairie, but I still didn’t know what they were. Then last year long-stemmed blue bell-shaped flowers appeared. This flower I knew because friends through Wild Ones had been complaining about this plant for awhile. It was Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides).
*I watch this spot because a number of years ago I had an infestation of Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula) in that very same spot. ‘Took me forever to get rid of that and I still have some specimens pop up now and then.
This year I haven’t seen the Creeping Bellflower, but the other funny looking flower is back. Huh! What gives? Well, it occurred to me, since the leaves for both looked the same, that I should check the bellflower species to see if I could find the answer. There it was. It’s called Clustered Bellflower (Campanula glomerata). Of course, I don’t know where I got either of these species from, but they’re here. Now what?
I’ve tried several types of Round-Up and also Triamine Jet-Spray so far. None of these helped kill off even one leaf. Besides attempting to dig this plant out in the densest clay you can imagine, have you had success in getting rid of these plants? If so, please leave a comment and let us know what you’ve tried.
See also Creeping Bellflower – Sneaky Invasive.