Tag Archive | blooming

Spring Blooming Flowers 5-9-2017

Happy second week of May. Last weeks rain was pretty tough on the tree farmers. If you guys were not aware, many trees have specific times they can be dug. Some trees have a large window, other trees the window is more like a peep hole. Pears can only be dug while in flower, Maples only while they are budding and most other plants need to harden off their new growth before being dug.

Please be kind to your landscaper. Trees don’t grow on trees 😉

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Lonicera tatarica ~ Tartarian honeysuckle

My shade / spring ephemeral garden (Where’s Breck?)

     

Geum coccineum ‘Cooky’ ~ Cooky Avens or Scarlet Avens  ||   Vaccinium corymbosum ~ Blueberry!

Lamiastrum galeobdolon ‘Yellow Archangel’

Polemonium caeruleum ~ Jacobs Ladder

     

Thlaspi arvense ~ Field Pennycress   ||   Polemonium caeruleum ~ Variegated Jacobs Ladder

     

Uvularia grandiflora – large-flowered bellwort or merrybells   ||  Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’ ~ Honeysuckle

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Autumn Blooming Flowers 10-21-2016

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela

Here’s a few flowers that decided to hang onto summer and continue to bloom. Screw you cold weather!!

Do right by me and see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Beautiful fall planter   ||  Perovskia atriplicifolia ~ Russian Sage

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Beautiful yellow carpet roses

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Lovely Fall Scene

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Dianthus

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Unknown red blooming grass… Beautiful!!!

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Hydrangea macrocarpa

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Knautia

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Myrica pennsylvanica ~ Bayberry (The berries are so cool!!)    ||  Unknown grass

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Chelone ~ Turtlehead

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A nicely done swale

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bunk’ ~ Quickfire Hydrangea


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Summer Blooming Flowers 9-20-2016

He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. ~ Oscar Wilde

No need to be punctual in seeing what I found blooming in 201320142015.

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Hardy mum ~ Don’t see many ‘rund here     ||     Monarda seedhead

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Purple hosta      ||       Liatris aspera ~ Rough blazingstar

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Solidago rigida(or Oligoneuron rigidum) ~ Stiff Goldenrod   ||   I’m confused & maybe this plant is also. This looks like roughleaf dogwood (Cornus drummondii), however its blooming now. Anyone with thoughts??

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Spiraea ~ Spirea     ||     Heptacodium miconioides ~ Seven Son Flower

Ironically, there are no fun stories about this tree, however after it finishes blooming, the calex turn bright red, giving it a second bloom time! This is in my yard, so I’ll be sure to let you see soon.

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Flies like nectar too! (on mint)    ||    A quick bouquet for my neighbor =-)

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Rose hips

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Aster     ||     A hosta with a large flower


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Summer Blooming Flowers 9-8-2016

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored. Evelyn Waugh

Don’t be bored… see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Eupatorium perfoliatum ~ Common boneset   ||  Persicaria lapathifolia ~ Nodding Smartweed

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Apios americana ~ Groundnut

Tubers are more nutritious than potatoes and the seeds are edible also.

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Impatiens capensis ~ orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam

The grass only has one name Panicum virgatum ‘Hot Rod’ ~ Switch grass

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Erigeron philadelphicus ~ Philadelphia Fleabane   ||   This bee was resting…. I petted him! He woke up & flew away.

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Silphium perfoliatum ~ Cup plant     ||   Unknown weed

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hibiscus moscheutos ‘Midnight Marvel’ I just planted two of these in my front yard. Love the leaf color.


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Summer Blooming Flowers 9-7-2016

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. Charles M. Schulz

Don’t wait till tomorrow to see what was blooming in 2013, 2014, 2015

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Sporobolus heterolepis ~ Prairie Dropseed   ||   Pennisetum alopecuroides ~ Fountain Grass

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pee Gee’

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Hosta     ||   Lobelia cardinalis ~ Cardinal Flower

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Phlox

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Rudbeckia triloba ~ Brown-eyed Susan     ||   Rhus typhina ~ Staghorn sumac

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Parthenium integrifolium ~ Wild Quinine    ||    Solidago canadensis ~ Canada Goldenrod

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Euphorbia corollata – Flowering Spurge


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Summer Blooming Flowers 8-10-2016

I have seen a flower blooming in beauty in a secluded vale, and, ere I had a chance to look again, a chilly breath of air had scattered its petals and left it a ruin. ~ Charles Lanman, “Musings,” 1840

You don’t have to search a secluded vale to what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Echinacea ~ Coneflower (look familiar? See above!)

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Campsis radicans ~ Trumpet Vine   ||   Hemerocallis fulva ~ Ditch lilies or Tiger lilies

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Maclura pomifera ~ Osage orange

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Silphium perfoliatum ~ Cup plant   ||   Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ & ‘Floristan Violet’

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ZINNIAS!!!!

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Lobelia cardinalis ~ Cardinal flowers   ||   Nepeta

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Hibiscus syriacus ~ Rose of Sharon, althea or hardy hibiscus.

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We had a bit of rain recently. We rarely see our ditch filled, so of course I had to photograph it!


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Summer Blooming Flowers 8-8-2016

Today is my hubby’s birthday!! Happy Birthday Honey!!pig roast

Ah, another fine year to celebrate. We’ll be having the pig roast party Saturday. Mmmmm. Bacon bread! What’s bacon bread, you ask? Well, we cook the pig above ground on a spit, opposed to the Hawaiian method of burying it in the ground with coals on top.  After the skin gets a bit crispy (thus ‘safe’ to eat) we take crusty bread and pat the pig with it. The bacon fat, mixed with the copious amounts of garlic and salt my hubby prepared the pig with flavors the bread like bacon. Oh my, I totally look like Homer over there!! You’re all invited! Email me for the address =-)

“Face this world. Learn its ways, watch it, be careful of too hasty guesses at its meaning. In the end you will find clues to it all.”  ― H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

Face  what I found blooming in 201320142015

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When you have flowers in your yard, you’re always ready to deliver a bouquet to a neighbor.

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Hosta   ||   Asclepias incarnata ~ Milkweed

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Look! Two bumble bees!!   ||   Hypericum perforatum ~ St. John’s Wort

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Potentilla fruticosa ~ Shrubby Cinquefoil   ||  Hmmm.

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Not sure    ||   Rudbeckia triloba  ~ Brown-eyed Susan

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Asparagus!!!! All grown-up

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Phemeranthus rugospermus ~ Rough-seeded Fameflower

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Summer Blooming Flowers 8-3-2016

The laws of science do not distinguish between the past and the future.  Steven W. Hawking

Although the past reveals what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Lilium lancifolium ~ Tiger Lily    ||    Cichorium intybus ~ Common chicory. It’s a coffee substitute, if left trapped in the wild without a Starbucks…

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Ipomoea purpurea ~ Morning glory   ||    Lythrum salicaria ~ Purple loosestrife. Both of these plants don’t play nice in Illinois =-(

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Monarda didyma  Native, wild beebalm   ||   Eupatorium perfoliatum ~ Common Boneset

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A Rudbeckia, but which one…..    ||   Prunella vulgaris ~ Self heal

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I’m not sure who this butterfly is, but I’m sure a post will follow in the cold, lean post months of the winter!

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Liatris aspera ~ Rough blazing star    ||   Breck and a Leadplant

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I’m not sure    ||    Saponaria officinalis ~ bouncingbet

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Calamintha nepeta ssp. glandulosa ‘White Cloud’ ~ Catmint


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Summer Blooming Flowers 8-1-2016

So, after mucho research, I finally decided on which new convertible laptop I was going to purchase and pulled the trigger last night. It was a tough decision, as we’re talking a jump in 2 operating systems, stupid things like MIA keypads, touchscreen capability and many more upgrades. I’m not a techno-phobe, I’m a geek, however I don’t want to be a guinea pig. I rarely buy new technology. I am not in line for the newest Galaxy when it comes out. Let them get a few system fixes under their belts, then I’m on. Example, Windows 8 or 8.1 we’re the first that integrated the new touchscreen capability. Not an operating system I’d want to buy. Like it or not, Windows 10  has got to be better, as it got all the input from the guinea pigs that used W8. Hence why they were giving W10 away! I hope so, that is, as I’m going to have to find out. No, I’m not a MAC, ipad or iphone fan, please don’t suggest.

I love my old W7 Acer laptop even tho:

  • The battery hasn’t worked in 2 years.
  • The keyboard has gaps that collect crap & when I shoot it with air, the letters fly off.
  • Now the T, E, O keys have to pressed extra hard for them to register. his causes many typs 😉
  • The thermostat doesn’t work well, and doesn’t turn the fan on until the unit gets fairly warm. Nice in winter, tho.

I think I’m a pretty easy customer, but then again, I still had my needs in a laptop. I wanted:

  • A large one, 15.6″ screen, at least. I’ve got a 10″ tab already, I want to be able to see the screen without readers 😎
  • A high quality screen. Back to the lack of vision dealio. Also for my landscape design program, better to see things with!
  • A keypad! The Lenovo Yoga @ 15.6″ didn’t have one! I fly through Excel spreadsheets by keying in with my left hand and mousing with my right. That was the deal-breaker on the Yoga for me =-( Many other laptops have ditched it also.
  • I wanted a convertible, which I know I’m taking a chance on this design, but I’ll be careful!  I promise.
  • Every other thing in a laptop was not a deal-breaker for me. Price limit was $900, however looking to save.

Without further adieu, I decided on an HP ENVY x360 with an i7 processor, 15.6″ screen, keypad, convertible laptop for $850. It should arrive later this week. I’ll let you know how it goes… Wish me luck 😉

What kind of ‘puter do you drive?

Time in its aging course teaches all things.  Aeschylus

Learn what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Astilbe

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Yarrow and echinacea

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Achillea ‘Moon Dust’ ~ Yarrow   ||   Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ ~ Windflower

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Gaillardia ‘Gallo Fire’ ~ Blanketflower   ||  Veronicastrum ‘Lavender Towers’ ~ Culver’s root or Black root

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Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Sentimental Blue’ ~ Balloon flower   ||   Achillea ‘Moonshine’ ~ Yarrow

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Acanthus mollis ~ bear’s breeches, sea dock, bearsfoot or oyster plant – I so want one!!!   ||     Amorpha canescens ~ Leadplant

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A thistle. One of these days I’ll get around to learning them… Along with asters!    ||   An elderberry bush planted itself in my yard!!! Mmmm!


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-27-2016

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Theophrastus (372 BC – 287 BC)

Hop on the wayback machine to see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Vernonia altissima ~ Ironweed    ||   Vicia villosa ~ Hairy vetch

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Silphium laciniatum ~ Compass Plant   ||    Verbena stricta

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Amorpha canescens ~ Leadplant

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These can’t be leucanthemum x superbum… The petals are small. A Helenium perhaps??

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Eryngium yuccifolium ~ Rattlesnake Master   ||  Filipendula rubra ~ Queen-of-the-prairie

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Gypsophila paniculata ~ Baby’s Breath

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Ageratina altissima ~ White Snakeroot   ||       Asclepias tuberosa ~ Yellow milkweed

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Dalea candida ~ White Prairie Clover

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Queen of the Prairie – all grown up.


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