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  •  Appreciate the pretty pictures. The only thing to (11+ / 0-)

    see here is snow and animal tracks.  A balmy 9 in NEPA with a windchill of -9.

    I don't really know what is native or not here.  Something I should look into.  But walking through the deep woods it is easy to see that the population of this area was much higher 100-150 years ago.  Sometimes it is possible to find a bit of foundation or an area where something was dug up, but usually the first old homestead give-away I noticed are apple trees.  Then I noticed sage, thyme, mint - not the wild versions, domestics.  Occasionally I will find roses that have reverted to growing from their stocks or are surviving fairy roses.  

    There is often evidence that wildlife eat these plants.  The rosehips disappear as soon as they turn red and the ground plants get grazed.  The plants do not seem to be taking over huge swaths; perhaps they are held in check by low light levels and sufficient grazing.  The roses form dense thickets which birds and small mammals use for protection.  

    Most of "my" woods are second (or maybe even third) growth.  The area was heavily logged and there were a number of stone quarries (that same 100-150 years ago).   So none of it is really "natural" and untouched.  Thankfully I am not in a coal mining area so do not have to deal with that hangover.   But I am much too close to the bloody fracking.      

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 10:46:58 AM PST

    •  I got it now - NEPA is Pennsylvania (9+ / 0-)

      As in "You got a Friend in..." Must have missed that location explanation somewhere along the way. And I must admit that I do not know that much about native plants either, not like the folks I get to hang with. Even tho I have been in FL 35 years and the Panhandle 30 years, a decade ago I thought coral ardisia was "pretty", no idea it was invasive.

      It's not hard to find out more tho. Doing these diaries is helpful to me; noting what I see, researching things in books and on the internet, incremental knowledge that slowly builds. Your observations here indicate that you are farther along than you may think.

      Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

      by PHScott on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:17:07 AM PST

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    •  Nice how your remnants from old homesteads (7+ / 0-)

      seem to be in a state of balance, the rose thickets large enough to be useful to wildlife, but not taking over.  Invasives here seem to proliferate and change the landscape, like reed canary grass and blackberry.
      I know what you mean about "not untouched" - our woods were logged too. But it's surprising how it starts to diversify when left alone, trees falling, young ones growing in openings. Some places here are like that, sounds like your woods have that character.

      •  Yes, that sounds like my woods. (5+ / 0-)

        It is quite diverse but most of the trees are getting old.  There are young trees and shrubs only in areas where trees have fallen.  

        I think in another 100 years or so, most of the homestead plants will disappear as the light is blocked by larger trees and the ground conditions change .  The plants, except for the roses, are not very robust.  They are too easily eaten and much too tasty.        

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:57:57 PM PST

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