Flat Rabbit

I believe everything cycles. Things go up, things go down. The perfect song that comes to mind is called Turn Turn Turn, by the Byrds. Did you know that the song is word for word the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes? These tid-bits are what keep my Trivial Pursuit gold metal on the wall 😉


The reason I launched into cycles was to describe the rabbit population around here. I’ve lived in this house for 13 years now. When we first moved in, there were enough rabbits around here to make stew for the whole block! They munched through all my veggies, perennials and had me swerving out of the way of them on my street. Don’t know why I didn’t just mow them down. Turkey vultures need to eat too.

The next year the rabbits started strong, however shortly after June, I barely saw any. I didn’t really notice any correlations, just that there were no rabbits.

Fast forward to living here for 7 years. Six of those years were spent enjoying my life without rabbits! I could grow my spinach, beets and carrots without having to build a fortress around them. The seventh year was the return. My Rudbeckia was decimated. I thought I was having seed failure in my beets. My dogs started digging under the fence. The rabbits came back with a vengeance. Again, they were everywhere.

Later that year, I started to notice how many birds of prey were circling overhead. Many times I would hear the loud chirping from birds during a combined effort of mobbing. The clincher was having fur and rabbit pieces strewn across my lawn on a weekly basis.

Fast forward another 7 years…

As my boys are sight orientated, they seldom notice things that are still. I will normally notice something in the yard before they can get to it. Sadly, my hubby isn’t as observant. After getting home from a long day, he opened the back door for the boys to go out. He propped the door open, and sat down to have a smoke. It wasn’t more that 10 minutes, when Breck brought the last half of a rabbit to him. He just put it down at my husband’s feet and looked up at him.  How nice of him! Hubby took a shot for me (He knew I’d blog this!!! Thanks Sweetie!), scooped it up and put it out front. He then went out back to see what had gone down back there. There was clearly a scene of carnage out there. Only fur and bloody pieces remained. He assumed the bird was able to take off with at least one half. He gathered all the pieces and promptly buried what was left in the front yard, away from the boys.

I titled this post Flat Rabbit, because one of the boys favorite toys is a stuffingless rabbit, called Flat Rabbit. This was a whole nother type of flat rabbit!!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl


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Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

The Big Headed Ground Beetle ~ Scarites subterraneus

I’ve find these gals in my basement occasionally, wondering how she burrowed her way in. Unfortunately or fortunately, she will get returned to the great outdoors to enjoy her life outside of my basement. I placed her on the driveway to get some shots, however she was not feeling the love for the camera and quickly made her way to the nearby mulch.

These are called The Big Headed Ground Beetle, however it’s not really their heads that are large, it just looks that way because of their chests being connected to their heads. Personally, I think they should be called the Sir Mix-A-Lot Beetle… As in, Little in the middle, butt she’s got much back!!!

Adults are about ¾” inch (20 mm) long, shiny black, with antennae slightly paler and very broad, large jaws. They are commonly found in mulch, under stones, around illuminated areas at night, in basements and in damp soil. When discovered, they may play dead, hoping that their thick exoskeleton will protect them. They are easily picked up by their butts, as they can’t turn their menacing mandibles around to bite you. Although these gals are capable of giving a painful bite, the bites rarely break the skin or are medically harmful.

These gals are considered very beneficial, as they eat nuisance insects in the soil as larvae and adults. These girls like the night life and generally only hunt in the evenings.


© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-19-2017

Hope everyone has a wonderful day =-)

Check out the past –   2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

What a beautiful combo of daisies and tickseed!!

Campanula carpatica ~ Blue clips bell flower

Centaurea cyanus ~ Cornflower


Digitalis grandiflora ~ Big flowered foxglove    ||    Philadelphus coronarius ~ mock orange


Dahlia      ||       Lillium ~ Lily


Don’t know     ||     Stachys byzantina ~ Lamb’s ears

Hosta ‘Big Daddy   (best guess)

Aruncus dioicus ~ Goat’s beard


© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-18-2017

Yesterday is the past,

Tomorrow is not promised

Today is a gift, that’s why its called the present!!

Check out the past –   2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013


Rudbeckia ~ Black Eyed Susan, perhaps?     ||     Rosa ~ Wild Rose


Aquilegia canadensis ~ Columbine      ||      Dahlia ‘Happy Single Party’



Convolvulus arvensis ~ field bindweed    ||     Solanum dulcamara ~ Hairy nightshade


Lysimachia punctata ~ Loosestrife    ||    Sedum


Not sure – Looks to be in Ribes family, tho     ||     Geranium of some sort


© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-17-2017

Happy Moanday. Let’s leave it at that….

Check out the past –   2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013


Hieracium umbellatum ~ Narrowleaf hawkweed    ||   Heracleum lanatum ~ Common cow parsnip

Anemone canadensis ~ Windflower


Erigeron ~ Fleabane in pink!!      ||      Rubus parviflorus ~ Thimbleberry

Oh! Yum! These are easy to ID with their large, fuzzy maple shaped leaves. There were so many here… enough for 10 pies!


Hieracium aurantiacum ~ Orange hawkweed (so sad… It’s invasive)    ||    Huh… Too blurry =-P

Rodgersia aesculifolia ~ Rodger’s Flower

Aegopodium podagraria ~ ground elder, herb gerard, bishop’s weed, goutweed

Unknown thistles

Cotinus coggygira ~ Smokebush  (A fav of my Mom)

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Doggy Dilemmas ~ Squirrel Edition

I was a stupid human…. I admit it. I didn’t think over the new location for the suet feeder enough. I wanted to use the shepherd’s hook that was previously holding the suet and thistle to hold my new hummingbird feeder. Now I still wanted to see my Woodpecker and Blue Jay friends, so I though hanging the suet/thistle on a long hook between the windows would work.

Nope. Mom squirrel was formulating solutions to the new placement within a few hours. This did not make my Oreo very happy! She flung herself at the screen and scrambled up to her prize!

What are you doing, climbing on my house?!? Oreo yelled in Dog.

She didn’t seem phased. Now I had to get up and knock in the window. She reeeeeally didn’t want to give up on the fresh, peanut filled suet, however she ran down the screen. I have since moved the suet to the clematis trellis. Not any better of a location to be safe from squirrels, however no screens would be climbed to get to it.

I was really shocked her claws didn’t cause any damage to the screens. I would have soooo been in the doghouse. These screens are less than 6 months old.

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© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-13-2017

Happy Thursday to you all!! Looks like it I’m almost catching up with the Blooming Flowers I was able to capture. I seem to find them is spurts. Sometimes finding 30 species in a day. I think July and August are big-time blooming periods for us Midwesterners. The blooms are highly colorful, also. I feel like many of the Spring blooms are white and yellow, just my opinion. Let the flashy, colored parade begin!!

Journey to the past blooming posts  –  2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013


Dianthus ~ Cheddar pinks     ||     Achillia ~ Yarrow  (Loooove this color!!)

Lillium ~ Lily

Campanula rapunculides ~ Creeping bellflower


I knew this and forgot it. Think it starts with a ‘C’   ||  Got nothin’ =-(



Malus ~ Crabapple    ||    More Achillia ~ Yarrow


This allium was bigger than my head… that’s huge!    ||    Papaver somniferum ~ Opium poppy or garden poppy (wish I could have gotten it open…)

Lillium ~ Lily

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-12-2017

It is a sad day fellow writers! However, the battle isn’t over yet! Let’s put our big girl and boy pants on and fight!

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.flowers blooming past for here clicK: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

It’s almost mid-July and things are blooming all over!!!


Unknown grasses    ||    Along with some unknown seedheads!

Astragalus canadensis – Canada Milk Vetch


Nightshade bloom Tomatillo?   ||   Geum triflorum ~ Prairie smoke


Dalea purpurea ~ Purple Prairie Clover      ||     Dalea candida ~ White Prairie Clover


Eutrochium purpureum ~ Joe Pye weed     ||    Asclepias tuberosa ~ Butterfly-weed

Asclepias tuberosa ~ Butterfly-weed


Asclepias syriaca ~ common milkweed, butterfly flower   ||   Amorpha canescens ~ Leadplant

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-11-2017


Happy day to everyone!!    Click for year’s past –  2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ ~ Dappled Willow

It’s so beautiful, even without blooms!


Convolvulus arvensis ~ Field bindweed   ||   Oenothera fruticosa ~ Sundrops

Cerastium tomentosum ~ Snow-in-summer


Cichorium intybus – Chicory    ||     Melilotus alba ~ White Sweet Clover

Check out Chicory’s Health Benefits & History HERE!



Hemerocallis ~ Stella De’oro (golder tone)     ||     Hemerocallis ~ Happy Returns (yellower tones)

Sedum and an annual – Love the color marriage here!

Hydrangea arborescense ‘Annabelle’

Monarda punctata ~ Spotted horsemint

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl