Tag Archive | color

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!


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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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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-26-2016

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.  Franklin P. Jones (I resemble this quote!)

I don’t normally do blog awards anymore, as they are a lot of work and I generally don’t want to share too many personal things about me. However, Paintdigi got me interested in doing the “Three Day Quote” Challenge as, well, it was easy 😉 I basically do a time related quote with each Blooming Flowers post. So, Thank you for the nomination Paintdigi! Please go and visit my blogging pal, he has some very interesting artwork!!

Do the back-stroke to see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Verbena simplex ~ Narrow-Leaved Vervain  ||  Silphium laciniatum ~ Compass Plant

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Monarda ‘Marshall’s delight’

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Phlox paniculata ‘David’   ||   Hemerocallis ‘Mauna Loa’ ~ Daylily

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Monarda

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Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’ (Dang rabbits keep eating him!!)

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Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’   ||   Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder & Lightning’

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Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ ~ Betony


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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-20-2016

“You may delay, but time will not.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Don’ delay! See what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Hemerocallis ~ Daylily

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Coreopsis   ||  Echinacea

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Hydrangea macrophylla   ||  Allium

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Another allium   ||   Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’

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Achillea ‘Apple Blossom   ||  Garlic

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Astilbe japonica ‘Montgomery’

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Astilbe   ||   Daucus carota ~ Queen Anne’s Lace
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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-19-2016

“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.” ― Paulo Coelho

Jump back to see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Physostegia virginiana ~ Obedient plant

This plant is fun to play with. Its obedient because you can move the tube and it will stay!

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Hydrangea macrophylla ~ Endless summer hydrangea

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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Light of Day’   ||   Lobelia x speciosa ‘Starship Deep Rose’ ~ Cardinal flower

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Hydrangea macrophylla   ||   Sorbaria sorbifolia  ~  False spirea

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Hmmm. Don’t know.    ||   Sambucus racemosa  ~  Red elderberry

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Asclepias Tuberosa ~ Butterfly weed


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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-18-2016

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ― Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

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Ferns & Thistles

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Apocynum cannabinum – dogbane (Thank you Mellissa!)  ||  Campanula ~ Hare’s bells

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I’m guessing Geranium bicknellii   ||  Hmmmm.

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Campanula rapunculides ~ Creeping bellflower   ||  Maybe Scabiosa atropurpurea

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Not sure which sunflower this is…   ||     Verbascum thapsus ~ Mullein

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-15-2016

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. ~ Thomas Edison

Don’t waste any time! Go see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Lychnis coronaria or Silene coronaria (dang botonists!) ~ rose champion  | Acer ~ Maple

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Lathyrus latifolius ~ Sweet pea vine

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Dracunculus vulgaris ~ Dragon Flower, Dragon Arum, Voodoo Lily, Black Lily  |  Not sure either ~ Batting 1,000.

The voodoo lily was in Wisconsin, a zone 4 area. I was shocked to read that this crazy, cool plant is hardy to zone 5B! I’m 5A… a whole letter higher in zone 😉 This guy may survive in a well protected, well mulched, shady spot in my garden. I’m so looking for some of these. You can also dig these croms in fall and over-winter them in the garage.

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Potentilla fruticosa or Dasiphora fruticosa ~ Shrubby cinquefoil or whatever the botanists are calling it today.

Clematis growing up a beautiful trellis.

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Centaurea macrocephala ~ Globe centaurea   |   Huh…

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Lupinus ~Lupine   |   Lysimachia punctata ~ Yellow loosestrife

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Nice variety =-)


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