The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged native plants

  • What's Blooming? Bristly Aster

    Ginger Laurits
    | September 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    This low-growing perennial tolerates a range of conditions and provides nectar from late summer through early fall.

  • What's Blooming? Eastern Sweet Pepperbush

    Ginger Laurits
    | August 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Clethra alnifolia is easy to grow, beautiful all season, tough, and a big attractor of pollinators. Plant it in your garden to help our native bees.

  • What's Blooming? Pussy Toes

    Ginger Laurits
    | June 2, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    This low-growing, native perennial wildflower has few needs and tolerates full sun or part shade, dry conditions, and poor soil. What more could a gardener ask?

  • What's Blooming? Goldenrod

    Ginger Laurits
    | August 8, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    We have 19 native goldenrod species in Maine, but they're not to blame for itchy eyes and runny noses. The real culprit is ragweed, which blooms at the same time and is pollinated by wind.

  • What's Blooming? Liatris and Bee Balm

    Ginger Laurits
    | July 25, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    Pollinator heaven: The purples and pinks of bee balm and liatris.

  • What's Blooming? Elderberry!

    Ginger Laurits
    | June 20, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    Elderberry is a pioneer species that is found in disturbed and open areas. It displays opposite branching, deeply cut green leaves, and creamy, flat-topped blossoms. Its berries are important food for birds.

  • Thinning the Herd

    Wells Reserve Contributor | December 1, 2015

    I took a hike on a brisk November morning and was surprised to see a man in camouflage preparing to shoulder his bow beside the Muskie Trail entrance. I learned he was a hunter participating in the reserve's annual deer harvest program.

    This program was initiated because of ecological problems caused by an overpopulation of deer. Because the reserve uplands are a designated state wildlife sanctuary, no hunting had been allowed for decades. The deer density in the 1990s was estimated at 100 per square mile, while a healthy "carrying capacity" is closer to 15/mi2. Locals report having seen the field along the Muskie Trail full of deer in early mornings and evenings.

    Two White-tailed Deer in snow. Photo by Frank Wolfe.

  • Naming Native Plants

    | July 28, 2015

    Wild columbine blooming in the native plant garden, with a identification sign and eastern chipmunk also pictured.Flowers and foliage abound in the native plant border that welcomes visitors to the reserve. York County Master Gardener volunteers have nurtured the garden over a decade to form a gorgeous display.

    This spring, they added new plant identification signs to the garden. The signs were made for us by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and underwritten by a memorial gift.

    The family of Nat “Buddy” Wright, a docent and volunteer here back in the 1990s, felt this tribute was a perfect fit. We’re pleased that Buddy’s interest in teaching others about nature is being extended through these signs, which give the common and scientific names for almost 50 species:

  • Going native in your garden

    | March 8, 2008
    Laudholm Native Plant Sale pre-orders are now being accepted. Plan ahead and get your order in by May 2 (it's pre-order only again this year). We've added an online form to make it easy. Volunteers Pat Smith and Lynn Jourdan, who coordinate the sale, have put together a great list of 40 species native to Maine. Whether you have already started incorporating native plants into your landscape, here are Pat's……
  • Northern Blazing Star discovered at Wells Reserve

    | November 15, 2007

    While marking fields for mowing on the newly acquired Lord Parcel this past August, Reserve Manager Paul Dest was thrilled to discover two stems of the showy yet threatened native plant, the Northern Blazing Star. Paul made sure the lonely stalks were well marked to avoid being mowed over.