Summer Blooming Flowers 9-16-2014

Good day everyone!

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Cornus racemosa – grey dogwood berries NOT EDIBLE

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Pollinator on mint

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Derrrr.

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Heptacodium miconioides – Seven Son’s Flower

I scoured the internet looking for a myth or story as to why this was named the Seven Son’s Flower. I couldn’t find a thang about it aside from the fact that the flowers have seven parts.

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Heptacodium miconioides – Seven Son’s Flower

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Annual mixer

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Pollinators galore!

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Love this orangey color

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Hibiscus syriacus – Rose of Sharon

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Alcea rosea – Hollyhock!

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Lobelia cardinalis – cardinal flower

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Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park – Arid / Predatory Rooms

I love cacti. They are so fascinating.

The Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park features momentous works of art within a variety of natural settings that are connected by waterways, winding paths, meadows and quiet walkways. Masters such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Mark di Suvero, Richard Serra, Roxy Paine and many others have sculptures across the Meijer Gardens.

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It smelled very bad!

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This was in the predatory room. Scary!

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This one is a sundew of some sort. It is basically a fly paper plant. When an insect happens upon this plant and get stuck, the tentacles slowly curl around the victim and digest it. Yum!

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This is in the pitcher plant family. We have these in the Midwest. Fascinating!

 

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Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park – Inside the Tropics

This is the inside botanical gardens at the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park.

The Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park features momentous works of art within a variety of natural settings that are connected by waterways, winding paths, meadows and quiet walkways. Masters such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Mark di Suvero, Richard Serra, Roxy Paine and many others have sculptures across the Meijer Gardens.

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Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park

The Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park features momentous works of art within a variety of natural settings that are connected by waterways, winding paths, meadows and quiet walkways. Masters such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Mark di Suvero, Richard Serra, Roxy Paine and many others have sculptures across the Meijer Gardens.
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We thought the pairing of sculpture and plants would make for a wonderful afternoon, considering my husband is a sculptor and I’m a horticulturist.

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Bernar Venet
Apparently he liked to play with steel.

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Deborah Butterfield

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Roxy Paine

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Kenneth Snelson – The Tree

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A red shouldered hawk enjoyed the sculpture!

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Ironically, they gave no credit to the artist that created this waterfall.

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This one spun in the slight breeze.

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This one was molded in smaller pieces and welded together. It was also 2 of 2… Somewhere, another scrap ball exists.

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This was my husband’s favorite, as it was done in marble, which is very hard to work with.

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Jaume Plensa – it’s one of my favs!

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Mark di Suvero – This one fascinated me also as it was balancing.

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Summer Blooming Flowers 9-11-2014

Happy Thursday to you all! Uno MAS!!!

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Crazy gall.

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Clematis drummondii – Drummond’s clematis, Old man’s beard

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Goldenrod and purple loosestrife. I still love the color combo…

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Shrooms.

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Phlox paniculata – garden phlox

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Not sure of the name of this annual, however it looks like it was made out of paper.

Thank you noir33!! It is a Cosmos bipinnatus or Mexican Aster!!

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I know this is a crazy lily, however I don’t remember the name.

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This hydrangea had some large white flowers.

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Cleome hassleriana

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Tough Dilemmas In Dogs Life III

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I’m all done. Where’s the next one?

Dilemmas in the past 1 and 2

Dogs don’t understand the internet, however if it slows down, there will be way less time for walks, frisbee throwing, treat giving, belly rubbing and the like!!

Don’ let big business screw around with us. Let’s fire up this on-line mob mentality! Today is the deadline for the FCC to make it’s decision. Go to this website for more information on how to fight and even add this banner to your site!!

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Summer Blooming Roses 9-9-2014

Happy Tuesday!
Hope the week goes by quickly.
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I don’t know the names of any of these varieties, however I know what I like! This one’s petals caught my eye. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one unfold in a spiral manner.

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ILEX!

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I love pink and yellow together.

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Lace-leafed Japanese maple

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So beautiful. They blush like someone told an inappropriate joke!

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Love the color of this one. Orangy-peachy-red

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Cleome hassleriana – Spider plant. This is such a beautiful annual.

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Ok, these are a bit faux. These were made out of glass and copper.

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Summer Blooming Flowers 9-8-2014

Happy Monday to you all!

This is my 400th post! Wow.

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Odd seed heads, burr types. Didn’t get the rest of the plant to ID…

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Cornus mas – Cornelian cherry

These fruits were pretty bitter right now. Of course I had to give it a bite.

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Pretty skies!

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Hibiscus syringes – Rose of Sharon

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Lythrum salicaria – Purple Loosestrife
Impatiens capensis – Impatiens capensis, the orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not or orange balsam.

Sadly, I love the color combo.

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Silene latifolia – White champion

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Pycnanthemum virginianum – Virginia mountain mint

I could be wrong…

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Centaurea stoebe – Spotted knapweed

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Elaeagnus umbellata – Autumnberry or Autumn olive

These are invasive, however very edible. I found a great site about foraging and this guy wrote a great article about these berries.

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Ageratina altissima – White snakeroot

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Sassafras albidum – sassafras, white sassafras, red sassafras or silky sassafras

 

 

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Summer Blooming Flowers 9-5-2014

The temperature today is a nice 78F compared to the 90F of yesterday.

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Baby Knautia – I love how this one forms.

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Full bloom Knautia

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Elderly Knautia

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Hosta – Not sure of variety. These are in my yard and the flowers smell like gardenias! I do cut these and bring them inside to smell up my bedroom. I think it helps me sleep better.

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Arisaema triphyllum – Seedheads

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We did score some very small, yet pungent garlic. We’ll see about the onions. They were really small.

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Love the colors. I think they are dyed.

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Desmia
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One of my favorite bug ID site: BugGuide.net stated how to ID these guys…
Identification:
Many of the ten North American Desmia species are similar with variable markings. Best determined by genitalia or DNA.
Hmmm. I don’t think I’m going to flip the little guy over.

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