Tag Archives: native

Going For Golds

One of the most eye-catching spring flowers in Altona Forest is the marsh marigold. It is a cheery late April-May bloomer with bright yellow flowers and deep green, rounded heart-shaped leaves. Have you seen one? Do you know where to … Continue reading

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Tamaracks Revisited

Tamarack is a gorgeous late-fall favourite and an answer to the question ‘what tree is both coniferous and deciduous?’. I love it’s dichotomy – the way it throws a curve-ball into the learning we gained as kids. Coniferous refers to … Continue reading

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Spice World

An adaptable understory tree that can be found in lowlands and woodlands – and supports birds with fruit, shelter and for small mammals, and acts as a host plant for beautiful native moths and butterflies Continue reading

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Going Guerilla for Milkweed

There is something delicious about being rebellious! It’s also amazing to see your actions make change for the better happen in a visible way. When what you do saves monarch butterflies and improves biodiversity, it feels even better. This past … Continue reading

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Meeting Mothra

Let me be frank: I knew absolutely nothing about the giant moth I met today. I really dislike bugs and strive for a mutual-avoidance policy. Yes; that’s pretty closed-minded of me. However, I got to be a part of something … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bloodroot

My favourite Altona Forest wildflower is bloodroot – and today I was out enjoying its beauty. It’s not a very pretty name for an extremely charming woodland plant with starry, water-lily-like, bright white blooms with sunny yellow centers. Bloodroot flowers … Continue reading

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Berry Pleasing

A few years ago Altona Forest was larger than it is now. That was before the streets cut through and neighbourhoods crept closer and into the trees. The natural forest edges and transition areas met bulldozers. Many food-producing native wildflowers, … Continue reading

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