Happy Mystery Monday! What bright and cheery plant is blooming and attracting bumblebees? This plant is perhaps less popular because of its common name, but it is a beautiful addition to the landscape.
Happy Mystery Monday! This plant is blooming and producing seed pods that stick like velcro. It is near the goat pen, though we’ve also found it in the South Meadow. What is it?
Last week, we asked you about the common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)! Garter snakes are extremely variable in appearance but usually have 3 yellowish stripes against a dark body and a light colored belly. There are four subspecies in the eastern U.S, but only one in the mid-Atlantic: the eastern garter snake (Thamnophis s. sirtalis). They are active during the day, but may forage at night in the summer. They prefer open, grassy areas, but are also found in the wood and near streams and swamps.
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Happy Mystery Monday! We found this snake in the nursery field, do you know what kind it is?
Last week, we highlighted the devil’s walking stick, Aralia spinosa. Devil’s walking stick (also known as Hercules Club, among other names) is in the Ginseng family. It typically grows 12 to 15 feet tall with clusters of white flowers. Devil’s walking stick is a wonderful pollinator plant and grows in full sun and shade, though the blooms in the shade are less extravagant.
Happy Mystery Monday! We got a close-up of an ethereal critter this morning, do you know what it is?
Last week, we highlighted a spring peeper in summer! Spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) have a distinct “x” on their backs and are a light tan color. In the spring, you hear their high pitched calls more often than you see them. Did you know that their vocal sac is almost the same size as their body? No wonder they can make such a loud sound!