Summery Blooming Flowers 7-25-2014

Finally, Fooking Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

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Shirley in the aster fam, leucanthemum formerly chrysanthemum… was in someone’s yard.

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Dianthus (?)

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Veronica ‘First Lady’ – Speedwell

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Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’ – coneflower

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MMMMMMMMMMMMMM…

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POP!
Lupinus densiflorus - Lupine

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Carex pensylvanica – Sedge

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Phlox – not sure of variety

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Astrantia major ‘Roma’ - masterwort

These are a new favorite of mine.

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Astrantia major ‘Vanilla gorilla’ – masterwort

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-24-2014

Thankful Thursday! One more day until the weekend.

We’ll be going down to camp in the Starved Rock area this weekend with the hubby’s family. I think we’ll be at Matthiessen State Park again. Love, love, love the hiking there!!

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Echinacea – not sure of variety

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Echinacea – not sure of variety

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Delphinium ‘Bellamosum’ – Larkspur

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Not sure, but had the kewlest variegated leaves!

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Campanula carpatica – Carpathian harebells ‘Blue chips’

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Hemerocallis

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Hydrangea arboresence ‘Annabelle’

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Helleborus orientalis – Lenten rose

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Ajuga ‘Chocolate chip’ – Bugleweed.

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Lonicera sempervirens – Honeysuckle vine

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-23-2014

Ah Wednesday! Sometimes a welcomed day, other times it’s still a large speed bump in the week to get over….

MAAAybe some pretty flowers will help you get over it!

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Heliopsis helianthoides – Smooth oxeye I’m still learning the Heliopsis family… lots of them look exactly alike. The backs of the flowers are the key (I’ve learned NOW, a tad late, but nontheless) I will be posting some backs soon.

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Pastinaca sativa – Wild parsnip

This is a “Don’t touch me!!” plant. There are toxins (called: furocoumarins) that cause light sensitivity to the skin it touches – in essence, if you get this on your skin, you will get a nasty sunburn in no time at all.

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Silphium laciniatum – Compass plant. Although this is not blooming, there is a ‘survival’ technique this plant can aid you in, if you can identify it. The leaves all face North/South. The resin can also be used as a teeth-clensing-gum.

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Most commonly cultivated raspberries are red-fruited hybrids between R. idaeus and R. strigosus.

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A Day in the Life of Me

Yesterday, I got a call from one of the crews that they had a bad tire on the trailer. They were limping back to the shop.

Today, the slowest-worker-known-to-man was in to fix it. S was the driver here the first year I worked here, however he lost his license and doesn’t drive anymore. He is also the owners brother-in-law and lives in a house that his sister owns. He gets brought in to do odd jobs at the office now, just to pay rent.

He had been working on it for a few hours. Well, he was under the trailer, I could see his feet. I only ass-u-med he was working. Then he emerged and walked towards the office.

‘You’ll need to drive the trailer to the shop.” He said to me. I called his bllsht. I don’t generally trust what he tells me. “Seriously.” I told him I’d need to confirm this with the Big Cheese. I called the boss and his first words were to me, “Am I asking too much?” I said, “Nah. You’re the one that thinks I can pull this off…” image

So, I hooked-up someone else’s truck and pulled out.

I figured if any police black flagged me, I’d say, “What are you talking about? I HAD four tires when I left!

no tire

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-21-2014

Haaaaapy Monday!

I’m going to start out with a big, bright dahlia!

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Dahlia

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Eupatorium perfoliatum or (Common) Bonesetimage
Baptisia australis – false or wild blue indigo

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Veronicastrum virginicum – Culver’s root in early bloom

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Circaea lutetiana – enchanter’s nightshade (?) Not 100% on this one…

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Echinacea pallida – Pale Purple coneflower

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Helianthus grosseserratus – Sawtooth sunflower

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Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly weed

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Catalpa speciosa – Catalpa or catawba

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Lake Kegonsa State Park Wisconsin

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Some GEOLOGY!
Before the last ice age, which began about 1 million years ago, a large river ran through this area. Many geologists believe it was the ancient Wisconsin River. This large river carved a deep, wide valley into the thick layer of Cambrian sandstone, which was deposited on the bottom of a great inland sea that covered most of Wisconsin over 6 million years ago.
Although this area has been overrun with four distinct giant glaciers originating from Canada, the last of these glacial ice blankets called the Wisconsin Great Glacier did most of the work.
As the glacier retreated, it filled in the Old River Valley with lots of sand, gravel and boulders that dammed the melting ice and formed the famous Four Lakes of the Madison area: Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa.
This chain of beautiful lakes has only existed during the last twelve thousand to fifteen thousand years and is located on glacial debris many feet above the old, buried valley floor. The four lakes are connected by the present day Yahara River.
The large marsh northeast of the park was part of the lake right after the glacier left this region and for the last 12,000 years it has accumulated sand, silt and marsh vegetation, filling it.
Lake Kegonsa now covers 3,209 acres and its deepest point is 32 feet.

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Yarrow or Achilles

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Monarda

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Mullen

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Milkweed
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I actually saw this spider as I walked the path.  It was about the size of a quarter.
About all I know it is in the crab spider family. Freaky!!

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There is a dog beach/swim area.  The dogs are allowed off leash in the water.

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Oreo attemped swimming with mommy holding the harness up.

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Breck says belly height is where I draw the line.

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Who threw a Frisbie? Daaang! Almost worth learning to swim!  I think I will try doggy water wings… surely Amazon sells them,  they have everything.

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Mysteries of a Border Collie Brain…

Dogs.

Dogs are many things, pets, family, coworkers, friends, protectors, snuggle buddies… The list goes on… However, sometimes they are just not understood at all.

Dogs can’t tell you that they feel weird or that they are in pain. They think that whatever they need to do to right themselves must be done by themselves. This is why dogs eat rough textured leaves and grasses to throw-up something that is bothering their bellies. This part of the equation I understand.

The part that I don’t understand is where my dog decides to actually place the ‘throw-up’. Sometimes, like humans, the ejection button gets pressed and you’re no where convenient to place the deposit. I have been there and completely understand that in these situations, wherever you are is where it’s going to land. However, on the other hand, when there looks to be a strategic placement of the erupted mess, I wonder if there wasn’t some thought behind it.

We have a one acre yard. One FULL acre to throw-up in at your leisure. ANYWHERE you’d like to let that eruption take place….

Yet, here is where Oreo decided to puke. Right on top of daddy’s shorts. 8-O

Daddy wasn’t happy.

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-18-2014

Happy Friday!!
Yesterday, I got to work outside all day and it was great! I had to sort the nursery stock area and stage plants for upcoming jobs. I worked with the brother-in-law ‘S’ of the owner. My boss doesn’t really like the guy, but ya know, he’s f a m i l y. S and I don’t have the same work ethic, but he would do anything for someone he deems a friend. That makes him a good man in my eyes.
S is also a very patient man. A very patient man. He was able to teach me how to drive the skid steer! Although he (without raising his voice or getting injured) pulled off a great feat, He will keep it to himself, as if the boss knew I knew how to operate it, I’d be unloading all the trucks… No! Not another thing added to my job description!!

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Potentilla fruticosa – Bush Cinquefoil

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Heuchera

The first ‘Purple Palace’ was discovered in a palace in England and is believed to be a H. micrantha × H. villosa hybrid,which then were crossed with H. americana to get many other purple leafed varieties.

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Annuals

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This irks me getting old… Also perhaps that I’m not as OCD as I think. I don’t label my photos. Bad, I know. I can usually recall about when I took the photo and search that way.  I know this one… Even had it named in a 2013 blooming post. These bloom for a very long time and I could have taken 2013′s photo basically anytime. Long story short, Anyone got this? EDIT: Campanula rapunculoides – Creeping bellflower. Thanks to my staff.

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Hemerocallis fulva – Some call them ditch lilies as they are usually found in culverts.

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I again am having some staff issues. I’m under deadline to post, and can’t find the ID. Maybe it’s time for a nap. I’ve recently learned there are masters of the art of ‘Nap-Fu’.

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Salvia

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Horror house of serra de estrela dogs

Midwestern Plant Girl:

Good day Dear Readers!
I read with great sadness the treatment and deplorable conditions these poor dogs have been through and had to help. The volunteers at Dogs of Portugal are great folks that do what they can for our fur friends, however they need our help also. Please donate if you can. Also give them a “follow”, they have many fur friends waiting for faces to lick and to cuddle and keep you warm! Thank you for your time!

Originally posted on dogsofportugal:

A former breeder of serra de estrela dogs in the north of Portugal had over 30 dogs of that breed that he kept in horrible conditions. The only thing that the dogs were doing was breeding. The females had litter at every heat.
The dogs lived in shed and containers without windows and were let out only once a day for around an hour. They had no human contact apart from the “breeder” who beat them up with a stick to go back to the containers after the “walk”. They ate whatever but we also suspected they ate bodies of those that died. They have never seen a vet, never been vaccinated, never dewormed.

We participated in a rescue of those dogs. The man agreed to give away some of them, unfortunately not all. We welcomed in the shelter Cantinho da Milu four dogs. They are now Bela, Conde, Lord…

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