July 10, 2014
I believe this is Slender Copperleaf (Acalypha gracilens), which was attempting to blend into our mint patch in our back patio.

I believe this is Slender Copperleaf (Acalypha gracilens), which was attempting to blend into our mint patch in our back patio.

July 9, 2014
Burdock (Arctium genus) starting to bloom on an overgrown lot on Frankford Avenue, near the Philadelphia Brewing Company. 
This weed’s uses have been very widespread over the years. For example:
- It’s used today in soft drinks:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_and_burdock
- It allowed George de Mestral to invent Velcro:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velcro
- It has been used to treat skin diseases and other ailments:  http://www.herballegacy.com/Light_Medicinal.html

Burdock (Arctium genus) starting to bloom on an overgrown lot on Frankford Avenue, near the Philadelphia Brewing Company. 

This weed’s uses have been very widespread over the years. For example:

- It’s used today in soft drinks:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_and_burdock

- It allowed George de Mestral to invent Velcro:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velcro

- It has been used to treat skin diseases and other ailments:  http://www.herballegacy.com/Light_Medicinal.html

July 8, 2014
Secret mini-jungles in West Kensington, Philadelphia.

Secret mini-jungles in West Kensington, Philadelphia.

July 8, 2014
Crown vetch (Securiga varia) and White Clover (Trifolium repens) sharing a secluded spot behind the CVS Pharmacy on Aramingo Avenue, in Port Richmond.

Crown vetch (Securiga varia) and White Clover (Trifolium repens) sharing a secluded spot behind the CVS Pharmacy on Aramingo Avenue, in Port Richmond.

July 6, 2014
Pepperweed alongside a discarded Diet Pepsi and Methol Marlboros.

Pepperweed alongside a discarded Diet Pepsi and Methol Marlboros.

July 6, 2014
Renegade Squash (Cucurbita genus) setting up shop at the edge of the Palmer Burial Grounds in Fishtown.

Renegade Squash (Cucurbita genus) setting up shop at the edge of the Palmer Burial Grounds in Fishtown.

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June 13, 2014
A Morning Glory hitches a ride on a patch of Mugwort in an abandoned lot, to hoist its bloom a little higher.

A Morning Glory hitches a ride on a patch of Mugwort in an abandoned lot, to hoist its bloom a little higher.

June 13, 2014
The alleyways of Kensington, Philadelphia have been enjoying the week of rain, allowing small forests to emerge.

The alleyways of Kensington, Philadelphia have been enjoying the week of rain, allowing small forests to emerge.

June 4, 2014
This morning I was surprised to see what I believe to be the super-agressive Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) taking a stand at the edge of Northern Liberties. It will certainly overpower the Mugwort around it. Though, with all the continued construction, its days may be numbered.

This morning I was surprised to see what I believe to be the super-agressive Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) taking a stand at the edge of Northern Liberties. It will certainly overpower the Mugwort around it. Though, with all the continued construction, its days may be numbered.

June 4, 2014
Lately I’ve been seeing some Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum) taking hold on several blocks of Fishtown.

Lately I’ve been seeing some Pennsylvania Smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum) taking hold on several blocks of Fishtown.

June 4, 2014
Dandelion takeover in an empty lot.

Dandelion takeover in an empty lot.

June 3, 2014
A Tree-of-Heaven is locked up in South Slope, Brooklyn.

A Tree-of-Heaven is locked up in South Slope, Brooklyn.

June 2, 2014

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June 2, 2014
A young Maple tree guards a basement window in Fishtown. Possibly a Red Maple (Acer rubrum)?

A young Maple tree guards a basement window in Fishtown. Possibly a Red Maple (Acer rubrum)?

June 2, 2014
A bicycle lane sign hides behind a confident patch of Mugwort on Aramingo Avenue in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, joined by a lonely hubcap and a discarded trash can.

A bicycle lane sign hides behind a confident patch of Mugwort on Aramingo Avenue in Port Richmond, Philadelphia, joined by a lonely hubcap and a discarded trash can.

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