[To see stories and photos from other years, see the links on the main Wetland page.]
We named some of the distinct areas of the wetland this year – it makes it easier to talk about them, and keep track of what projects we’ve done in which places. Eventually I’ll post a map on the main Wetland page showing the names and locations.
I pulled Wild Parsnip from about (I think) 2/3 of the wetland this year. The easternmost 1/3 still has Wild Parsnip that I hope to get to soon. The western half – west of the driveway – is in pretty good shape – I spend about a week pulling Parsnip there. Bluebird Meadow and No Bridge Meadow are also in pretty good shape. Farmhouse Meadow still has a lot. The worst area is east of Farmhouse Meadow.
1/1/2020 Willow Bend
2/6/2020 Old Road – the old farm driveway
2/22/2020 Willows with hoarfrost
7/6/2020 A new plant for the wetland list: Broad-leaved Arrowhead, in one of the side streams that run into the creek from a spring.
7/8/2020 Bluebird Meadow
7/15/2020 Round-leaved Monkeyflower in side stream
7/15/2020 Joe Pye Weed and sedges in a side stream
7/15/2020 There’s a spring somewhere under those bushes, and this is the stream that makes its way from there to the creek.
7/15/2020 Turk’s Cap Lily
7/15/2020 Water Hemlock, Common Milkweed, and Swamp Milkweed in Bluebird Meadow
7/15/2020 Common Milkweed in No Bridge Meadow
7/15/2020 Sedge Meadow in No Bridge Meadow
7/15/2020 Water Hemlock, sedges, and Common Milkweed in No Bridge Meadow
8/21/2020 Ironweed, Boneset, Canada Goldenrod and Joe Pye Weed in Bluebird Meadow
8/21/2020 Tall Sunflowers in Parsnip Meadow
9/5/2020 Tall Sunflowers, Joe Pye Weed and Canada Goldenrod in Parsnip Meadow
9/14/2020 Farmhouse Meadow showing mowing that we did to discourage Reed Canary Grass. I planted wetland seeds there in the winter of 2018/2019.
9/14/2020 Weedy path to the old barn
9/14/2020 Farmhouse Meadow, showing Reed Canary Grass area and mowed area beyond. It’s not possible to mow here because there are numerous old cement foundations hidden in the grass. I pull Wild Parsnip here, but otherwise leave it alone.