A Prickly Subject

I admit that I was initially stumped by the aster I found growing in the Courtenay Airpark. I took some photographs of the plant and was particularly struck by the distinctive row of spines down the midrib of the leaf and figured that this would be an easy one to identify – with a leaf like that I assumed that …

White Cockle

White Cockle | Silene latifolia ssp. alba Walking the riverside walk along the Puntledge River in Courtenay is a great place to see all sorts of invasive, introduced plants. Lately I’ve taken to strolling our two young children around the Airpark Loop and always keep my eyes open for interesting plants and birds (the Airpark Lagoon is excellent for migrating …

Vancouver Island Shopping Carts

With a nod to Hugh Griffith at Rock, Paper, Lizard and Julian Montague at the Stray Shopping Cart Project I’ve been inspired to begin collecting images and documenting species of shopping cart on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Julian Montague has developed a classification system for eastern shopping carts based on “defining the various states and situations in which stray shopping …

Awesome Asters

Aster sp. This wonderful seed-head was one of many in a field full of tall weedy dandelion like asters in front of the old Hamilton Mac Laing house in Comox. Unfortunately my 2 year-old son only allowed me to take a couple of photographs before it was time to move on!

Introducing Invasives

An afternoon walk around the Courtenay Estuary revealed almost a dozen of BC’s “least wanted” invasive plant species – either garden escapees or plants that have been introduced to North America from Eurasia and have spread “naturally” throughout the continent. In bloom were Field Bindweed (Morning Glory)(Convolvulus arvensis), Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Common Tansy, Hound’s Tongue …