And…it’s still there!

The brush was cut on this edge of the golf course, and look what’s reappeared…

Poison ivy!


It’s still poison ivy

Even changing color and drying up in the fall, poison ivy still contains enough of its toxic oils that it can irritate human skin!


I is for Poison Ivy

We are repeating a favored perennial for ‘I” on the Blogging From A to Z Challenge: Ivy, of the poisonous kind!

Please consider this a nature service announcement! This native vine can be one of the nastiest you encounter in our woods, fields, and even your lovely foundation plantings. Notice we said ‘can be’. Some people do not react to this plant’s oils that cause itching. But with exposure, their tolerance can decrease, so it pays not to expose yourself unnecessarily.

In the spring, it looks like this:

In the fall it looks like this:

In the winter it looks like this:

Don’t get poison ivy this year. Know what it looks like so you can avoid it.


Enjoying the sun

Skipper on Morning Glory

A skipper on a Morning Glory.

And for those of you waiting patiently for the answer to last Sunday’s mystery, Hickory has now posted it. I’m sure you can tell from our lack of posts this week, we squirrels have had a busy week. It happens to humans, too, we know!


Mile-A-Minute Weed, a serious invasive

A human reader mentioned watching out for invasive species in the comments of our Ox-eye Daisy post last week. Plants like Ox-eye Daisy and Queen Anne’s Lace that became naturalized in our fields decades ago aren’t as big of a threat to nature as new plants that are taking over. One of the worst is Mile-a-Minute Weed, Persicaria perfoliata.

Mile-A-Minute Weed Leaves

The leaves are quite distinctive–a triangle. Note the barbs on the stem. Nothing else looks like Mile-A-Minute Weed.

While it may not really travel a mile in a minute, this vigorous vine can grow six inches in a day and will smother wildflower and  shrubs.


That should be enough to convince you to pull those little triangular leaves any time, any place you see them. If you need to know more, here’s the New York Invasive Species information on Mile-A-Minute. Good photos!


One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey There!

Again, Sorry I can’t post a mystery, but here’s a link to a  poison ivy -Virginia Creeper quiz we ran a while back. The answers are below! Enjoy!



Photo #1: Virginia Creeper – Five leaflets to a leaf, right?

Photo #2: Poison Ivy – Three leaflets to a leaf.

Photo #3: Poison Ivy

Photo #4: The brighter leaves are Poison Ivy, the darker are Virginia Creeper. Please note, the leaves just happen to look this way in this photo! It’s not always the case in real life.

Photo #5: Virginia Creeper

Photo #6: Poison Ivy in the middle, Virginia Creeper lower

Have fun out there and don’t get poison ivy!


One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Sorry, folks, I can’t post a mystery the next few weeks. However, since Nutmeg posted a poison ivy reminder, I’ll leave you with this vine.

Virginia Creeper climbing fence

Hint: It’s not poison ivy! This plant confuses more human readers more than any other we post.

If you’re not sure what it is, click on this prior post to read all about ‘five leaf vine’.


Poison Ivy Reminder

Leaves of three, let it be!

Poison ivy leaves

And the great big, hairy vine is a very mature poison ivy plant.

Poison ivy mature vine

Be safe out there!


Virginia Creeper in fall color

Virginia Creeper in fall color

Beautiful, isn’t it?