Spring Blooming Flowers 4-23-2015

Happy Friday everyone!!

This week was full of exciting things, Earth Day, Arbor Day Today and also our first camping trip this weekend!

Click to see what was blooming in 2014 HERE and 2013 HERE!!

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Scilla siberica – Siberian Squill

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Sanguinaria canadensis – bloodroot

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Bloodroot is used in the Pagan world as a proponent of marriages.

  • Place a bloodroot over your front door to encourage anyone who enters to respect your marriage.
  • To inspire a happy marriage, mix a combination of the two colored roots (darker red to brownish roots are King roots and the lighter orange to pinkish roots are Queen roots), wrap in a red flannel fabric and place under the marital bed.
  • If you fear someone is trying to break up your marriage, sew some dried bloodroot into yours and your spouse’s pillows.

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Podophyllum peltatum – Mayapple, Mandrake, May Apple, May-apple.

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Peeeeek!

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I see you little asparagus. Come out so I can eat you!!

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Magnolia stellata – Star magnolia

 

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Acer Palmatum – Crimson Queen Japanese Maple

These are the types of photos I take at the nurseries for my clients.

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Chaenomeles × superba – ‘Texas Scarlet’ Quince

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Rhododendron PJM

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Yellowfinch ~ Spinus tristis

These little guys are so cute. They cling to the nyjer sock like little circus performers. During the winter, the males colors are muted, but sill brighter than the females. These guys stay here all year.
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Goldfinches are very strict vegetarians. They will wait to nest until June/July when the thistle, milkweed and other fibrous seeds are in abundance. Other birds augment their young’s diet with insects, but not Goldfinches.

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Here’s Mr. & Mrs. at the ‘sock’. His bright yellow coat is a joy to see after a long. cold winter.

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Almost, not quite… Stay tuned, he’ll be all yellow soon.

© ~ Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Keep America Beautiful ~ “People Start Pollution. People Can Stop It.”

Pollution Prevention: Keep America Beautiful — Iron Eyes Cody (1904- 1999)

I grew-up watching this commercial. It always did bring a tear to my eye also.

In 1961, Keep America Beautiful partnered with the Ad Council to create a campaign dramatizing how litter and other forms of pollution were hurting the environment, and that every individual has the responsibility to help protect it. The goal of the campaign was to help fight the negative attitudes and behaviors that lead to pollution.

The anti-litter campaign originally featured “Suzy Spotless” scolding her litterbug father and later featured pigs rummaging through trash left behind by humans. Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, change was in the air with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies.

In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson, created Earth Day. The Keep America Beautiful charity started a toll-free hotline and began offering a free brochure and more than 100,000 copies were requested within the first four months. On top of that, the National Litter Index dropped for the second straight year. However, it wasn’t until later that the Pollution Prevention campaign became embedded in American culture.

On Earth Day, 1971, a public service announcement featuring Native American actor Chief Iron Eyes Cody and the tagline line, “People Start Pollution. People can stop it.” aired for the first time. Iron Eyes Cody became synonymous with environmental concern and achieved lasting fame as, “The Crying Indian.” The PSA won two Clio awards and the campaign was named one of the top 100 advertising campaigns of the 20th Century by Ad Age Magazine. In 1982, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Iron Eyes Cody, whose film repertoire included three Western films with President Ronald Reagan, with a star bearing his name on the Famous Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

During the height of the campaign, Keep America Beautiful reported receiving more than 2,000 letters a month from people wanting to join their local team. By the end of the campaign, Keep America Beautiful local teams had helped to reduce litter by as much as 88% in 300 communities, 38 states, and several countries. The success of the Keep America Beautiful anti-litter campaign led to hundreds of other environmental messages through the years, from many different sources, including the Ad Council.

Please be good to your Mother Earth, not just today on Earth Day, but forever!

Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 4-20-2015

Happy first Blooming Series of 2015!!
Now I will link back to 2014 & 2013 for what was blooming back then.
I hope you enjoy he series =-)

Click to see what was blooming in 2014 HERE and 2013 HERE!!

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Crocus speciosus – Crocus

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Viola sorori – wood violet, sweet violet, English violet, common violet, florist’s violet, or garden violet

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Viola – Common annual pansies

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Hyacinthus orientalis – Hyacinth

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Narcissus Pseudonarcissus – daffodil, narcissus or jonquil

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Forsythia viridissima – Forsythia

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Abeliophyllum distichum – White forsythia

It smelled heavenly!!

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Muscari – grape hyacinth

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Puschkinia scilloides – Striped squill

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© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Why My Dogs Can’t Come to the Playdate…

Um, which is which?
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They are a match and sound the same! Milo “My-My” to his closest friends, is a neighbor. He has a bit of a breathing condition that causes him to sound just like the toy’s grunting. Milo doesn’t really like other dogs, but loves scratches from long nails. I’m not sure what my boys would think, considering this guy is a dead-ringer for a favorite toy of theirs. I’m sure the would just shake their doggy heads!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Herring Gull ~ Larus argentatus

The Herring Gull aka Seagull is a frequent visitor to our vast oceans of… asphalt! They love picking up after us messy humans. They always seem to like the McDonalds. I wonder how they don’t get fat?!?

Identifying these guys can be tricky as they have different patterns every year for the first four years of their lives. I though they were just different colored ones. In short, they are very brown the first year, then in a freckled manor, transition into the grey.white bird we commonly associate as a sea gull. These are all adults or older than four years old.
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I do live near a very small lake. It was almost fully defrosted last week. These guys were waiting for the fisher-folk to come and toss them some fishy-guts. Eaw.

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Gulls prefer fresh water, however can drink saltwater and because of a special gland, excrete the saline via their nasal passages. That’s really amazing.

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© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl