Stinky Bob & Sticky Willy in Juanita Heights Park

The following two weeds can be seen along the 1/4 mile trail as well as on several of the new trails in the park:  Catchweed Bedstraw often called sticky willy and Herb Robert aka stinky bob!

Catchweed Bedstraw (Galium aparine L.)

Catchweed Bedstraw (Galium aparine L.)
also known as: Goosegrass, Cleavers, Sticky Willy

Catchweed bedstraw, Galium aparine, can be found throughout most of the world. The species name “aparine” comes from a Latin word meaning “to seize,” which is very appropriate considering the clinging nature of this weed. If you’ve ever touched it you’ll recall how ‘sticky’ it feels.

Left on its own, catchweed bedstraw remains low and sprawling, forming dense, tangled mats. Hairlike bristles cover the stems and leaves of the plant; these bristly hairs are responsible for its characteristic tangled growth habit and the “sticky” way it clings to clothing and animals.

There are several areas in the park with thick mats of Catchweed Bedstraw competing for nutrients and water. This is a whimpy plant to pull out.  It gives.  Be sure to pull from the stem at ground level so that you pull out the root system.  Be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves, brush off the stems that stick to your pant legs so that you don’t spread the plant.

 

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum escaped from ornamental plantings and thrives in forested communities

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum escaped from ornamental plantings and thrives in forested communities

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum

This plant is a noxious weed because it competes for nutrients and water with native plants in the forest understory. It minimizes the plant diversity in our woodlands and forests. Where it occurs, there will likely be fewer native herbaceous species. Here is a good description of the plant.

It is also known as stinky bob because of its pungent odor when crushed.  It isn’t an ugly plant so many people tend to think the frilly leaves and pleasant pink flower are attractive. It is a low growing plant that is hairy and shallowly rooted.  This plant offers virtually no resistance when pulled out. It takes over and spreads quickly.

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Caught, but does it matter?

Hello it's me, deer, and yes I've been eating the tops off all the Piggy-back plants you've planted in the new park area. You caught me! Just remember, I was here first in Juanita Heights park and you are just passing through!

“Hello it’s me, deer, and yes I’ve been eating the flower tops off all the Piggy-back plants you’ve planted in the new park area. You caught me! Just remember, I was here first in Juanita Heights park and you are just passing through!”

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Sunny Day – Exercise – The Forest Wins

Great workparty today in Juanita Heights Park.  We cleared away blackberry starts from two sections in the park. Thank you everyone for caring to share your Saturday morning in the park!

Juanita Heights Park  4-16-16 workparty

Juanita Heights Park 4-16-16 workparty

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Earthweek Workparty April 16 from 9-11am

Come join the workparty clearing ivy and blackberry in Juanita Heights Park. We’ll scatter out in a line and clear ivy starts and blackberry regrowth, plan on hiking around the park.  Sign up for the workparty on the Green Kirkland Partnership site.

Portal To Spring:  See if you can find this tree on the west side of the 1/4 mile trail.  It is worth the view through the tree!

Portal To Spring: See if you can find this tree on the west side of the 1/4 mile trail. It is worth the view through the tree!

Update on the Deconstruction of the AFrame in the Park

The A-Frame house has come down in the new section of the park, sad to see it go, but the earth now returns to forest where it once stood.

A-Frame before being deconstructed board by board to be reassembled by the new owner

A-Frame before being deconstructed board by board to be reassembled by the new owner

AFrame deconstructed. The foundation will be filled in with dirt and planted with natives.

AFrame deconstructed. The foundation will be filled in with dirt and planted with natives.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Workparty

Bright sunlight in a blue sky made for a perfect day to work in a park on Saturday, Nov 28. Several people came to plant ferns in the park during the workparty.nov 28 workpartynov 28 workparty2nov 28 workparty3

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Rewilding “going back to how it was”

I rarely, if ever, publish a non park post.  We are out of balance with so many aspects of our human and natural ecosystems that when there is a stupendous positive restoration movement on a scale with influence, well, it should be shared. Here it is:

Rewilding means giving the environment back its original functions. This is a story taking place in Argentina where there is an ambitious  experiment, the first of its kind in the Americas, organised by a team of Argentine and international scientists.

They plan to bring together all the pieces of the jigsaw that the life in the vast Iberá wetlands represents: it has been left damaged, fragmented and, in many cases, deliberately destroyed. More on the Ibera Wetlands Project

Ibera Project website

 

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Time to See Licorice Ferns

Do you know about the Pacific Northwest Hardy Fern Foundation? It was established to introduce and test the world’s temperate ferns for hardiness and ornamental value and to build comprehensive collections for public display, information and education.

The primary study garden is at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington. The Society has an annual Fern Festival in early June. In recent years, in partnership with the British Pteridological Society, members have joined in fern forays to the west and east coasts of the United States and throughout the world.  Visit http://www.hardyferns.org/

Licorice Fern, Polypodium glycyrrhiza, in Juanita Heights Park

Licorice Fern, Polypodium glycyrrhiza, in Juanita Heights Park

 

 

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