Caught in the rain at Estabrook

Not a whole lot to report this morning. I had just gotten to the pond, just missed taking a picture of a wood duck up in a tree, just taken a picture of some creeping charlie blossoms, and the skies opened up. I waited out the worst of it under the leaning trunk of a huge willow tree, and then headed back home. Can’t win ’em all, eh?

Our friends at Wikipedia say

Glechoma hederacea (syn. Nepeta glechoma Benth.Nepeta hederacea (L.Trevir.) is an aromaticperennialevergreen creeper of the mint family Lamiaceae. It is commonly known as ground-ivygill-over-the-ground,[1] creeping charliealehooftunhoofcatsfootfield balm, and run-away-robin.[1] It is also sometimes known as creeping jenny, but that name more commonly refers to Lysimachia nummularia. It is used as a salad green in many countries. European settlers carried it around the world, and it has become a well-established introduced and naturalized plant in a wide variety of localities.

It is considered an aggressive invasive weed of woodlands and lawns in some parts of North America. In the absence of any biological control research conducted by the USDA[2] herbicides are relied upon, despite their drawbacks, particularly for woodland ecosystems. The plant’s extensive root system makes it difficult to eradicate by hand-pulling.-

These and some other pictures are online at

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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