Travel is the best way to experience the vast wonders of nature, and I have done my share. The verdant forests of West Virginia, the rocky mountains of Colorado, and the breath-taking vistas from Big Sur California, each are special for their own unique flora and fauna.
Nothing annoys a plant enthusiast more than golf-course grass in the middle of a dessert or palm trees in Nevada! Seriously, we should travel to experience each unique location, not to visit some homogenization of landscape or the floristic counterpart of McDonald's fast food!
|This gorgeous model has been paid nothing to appear in this picture. |
Yes, she is my daughter.
|Quite possibly America's rarest flower, the Lakeside Daisy.|
alvar, battered by waves of water and ice in hostile Lake Erie waters.
|Little Blue Stem grasses line the shore.|
|Butterfly-weed, Asclepias tuberosa is a host plant for Monarchs.|
|Zebra-mussels may crowd our shore line, but make attractive slug control in flower beds.|
Irish compost? Sure, lake-weed is a natural for the garden!
The lake is determined to increase our compost piles with heaps of eelgrass, Vallisneria americana.
Farmers in Ireland have used seaweed to supplement their poor soils through-out the ages. Landscapes on Martha's Vineyard often utilize this bounty from the sea. Why not? Eelgrass is filed with nutrients, readily adaptable to being used as a mulch and dries to a clean straw-like substance.
|Piles of eelgrass on the shoreline.|
|Planting Hibiscus moscheutos, our native marsh or rose mallows.|
We think it is a very progressive way to take a step back in time and witness our lakeshore au natural.