Tag Archive | flora

Autumn Blooming Flowers 9-24-2015

Happy Thursday everyone!

The one week countdown to vacation starts now. Opps. Hmmm. It’s Wednesday this moment. However, this post publishes on Thursday… Awe, who cares! Next Wednesday, I will be in the Mile High city of Denver, Colorado, officiating my BFF’s wedding! Let’s hear it for my KweenBe!! Love ya!!

Click to see what was Blooming in 2014 or Blooming in 2013.

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Solanum dulcamara ~ Bittersweet nightshade

You won’t die from eating this, but you’ll sure feel like shit!

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Jerusalem artichoke ~ Helianthus tuberosus

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Physalis philadelphica ~ Tomatillo or  Mexican husk tomato

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Pennisetum alopecuroides ~ Fountain grass

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Devil’s Beggar-Ticks  – Bidens frondosus

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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ – Maiden Grass

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Silver-spotted Skipper – Epargyreus clarus on Sedum.

So cute! I’ll write about you soon.

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Lonicera albiflora ~ Western white honeysuckle, Texas honeysuckle, White honeysuckle, White shrub honeysuckle or White limestone honeysuckle.

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Ohhh boy was I jealous of what I saw down in Southern Illinois… Crepe myrtle ~ Lagerstroemia indica

They were so beautiful. What a difference a zone makes.

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© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Autumn Blooming Flowers 9-21-2015

Haaaaappy Monday!

Last weekend I was down in Utica, Illinois to enjoy the Illinois Wine Fest.

Click to see what was Blooming in 2014 or Blooming in 2013.

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Asclepias tuberosa ~ Milkweed

Everyone is enjoying the milkweed!

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Beautiful natural art. I bet if spiders became aware, they would become great mathematicians. How do they measure that perfectly?

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Asclepias syriaca ~ Common milkweed

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I’m not sure of this grass, however the seedhead was pretty cool.

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Wish I had more time to key this out… Sigh.

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Monarch on the Joe Pye. I took so many photos of this guy enjoying this bloom, there’s no surprise more photos are turning up!!

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Hypericum perforatum, ~ Perforate St John’s-wort, Common Saint John’s wort or St John’s wort

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Eupatorium perfoliatum ~ Boneset

 

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 9-10-2015

Happy Day!!

Click to see what was Blooming in 2014 or Blooming in 2013.

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Monarch on Joe Pye Weed

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Oenothera missouriensis ~ Ozark sundrops

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Clueless…

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Rose hips

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Lonicera flava ~ Yellow honeysuckle….. I think!

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Aster macrophyllus ~ Big Leaf Aster

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Oenothera biennis ~ Evening Primrose, Evening Star, How Weed, Kings Cure-all, Fever-plant

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Bees love their thistle!!

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Rhus typhina ~ common sumac

Not poisonous!! Very velvety soft.

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 9-9-2015

Wonderful Wednesday!

Click to see what was blooming in 2014 or blooming in 2013.

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Helenium autumnale ~ Common sneezeweed, Fall sneezeweed, Autumn sneezeweed

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Crioceris duodecimpunctata ~ The spotted asparagus beetle

Gaaa! Squish. I don’t kill many things. I try to just make things go away. These guys are everywhere right now. EVERYWHERE.

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Campsis radicans ~ Trumpet flower

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Xylocopa virginica ~ Eastern carpenter bee

They are hiding under the blooms of my cup plant because I turned on the sprinkler. They fluffed up and flew away afterward.

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Miscanthus of some sort.

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Eupatorium fortunei ~ Pink Frost Joe Pye Weed

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Caladium ~ Annual elephant ear

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Mandevilla boliviensis

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Chasmanthium latifolium – Northern sea oats

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Clematis ~ Not sure of flavor

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 9-8-2015

Terrific Tuesday…

Eh, not so much. I’ve got a “Case of the Monday’s”… or in this instance, an “Attack of the Tuesdays”!

The only good thing about a long weekend with a Monday holiday is that there is only four more days to the week =-) I’ll try to focus on that.

We did have a wonderfully long weekend in Sooooouthern Illinois (Kentucky was only over the river) and got to see so many cool things not normally seen up here. For you friends that are not on this island, Illinois is a long state, 8 hours from top to bottom. That’s 2 growing zones, swoon! I will post about it soon.

I am a bit behind on the ‘Blooming’ posts. These were all shot at least a week ago. Just for clarity. Enjoy!

Click to see what was Blooming in 2014 or Blooming in 2013.

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Cornus sericea ~ Red dogwood berries

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Asclepias ~ Milkweed seed pod

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Euphorbia corollata – Flowering spurge

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I’ve got nothing. A weed?

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Solidago rigida ~ Stiff goldenrod

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Silphium laciniatum ~ compass plant

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Liatris aspera ~ Rough blazing star

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Ditto.

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I really like the leaves on these… awe, snap. Brain cloud! Anyone?

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Eryngium yuccifolium~ Rattlesnake master

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Solidago nemoralis ~ Grey Goldenrod

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 9-3-2015

Happy Thursday!!

I was looking over 2014 ‘Blooming Flowers’ from the month of August and I sure took way more photos in 2014 than 2015! I wonder if I’ve done less hiking, less visits to my perennial nursery or what?! Had the season gone by faster? I feel like the goldenrods, liatris and asters shouldn’t be blooming for another few weeks. I shouldn’t be seeing seedpods yet. Ugh. This means this blooming season is coming to a close soon, not that soon, but soon 😉

See what was blooming in 2014 or blooming in 2013.
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Baptisia australis ~ False indigo seed heads

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Physostegia virginiana ~ Obedient Plant

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae – New England Aster

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Silene regia ~ Royal Catchfly

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Symphyotrichum leave ~ Smooth Blue Aster

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Nuphar polysepala ~ Yellow water lily

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Cirsium discolor ~ Pasture Thistle

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Alnus incana ~ grey alder or speckled alder

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Solidago canadensis ~ Canada Goldenrod

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I just thought this was a great mix of wildflowers…

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 8-25-2015

Hope everyone is well this fine Tuesday =-)
Blooming flowers are getting harder to find and I usually know where they hide! This season slipped by me. completely slipped. This is difficult for me to accept, as I still have so many things to do before the ground freezes.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, however I have become an Ordained Minister. I will be officiating at my best friend’s wedding on October 4th. Now don’t misunderstand the title. You do not have to believe in a god to become a minister. I believe there is a life force/karma type dealio, however that is about as far as I go.

These photos are all from my new camera. Much, much better focus from this camera. I don’t need to take 50 photos, only about 10 now 😉 The distance isn’t much better, maybe gives me a discernible extra 10′ feet that I can make something out.

Here’s what was Blooming in 2014 and Blooming in 2013.

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Apple – Malus domestica

These are in my yard. Not so bad! I’ve not eaten one yet, but they look nice and plumb. Surely a pie will be made. MMmm, Pie!!

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Arisaema triphyllum – jack-in-the-pulpit, bog onion, brown dragon, Indian turnip, American wake robin or wild turnip.

Here’s this guy blooming.

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Japanese Forest Grass ~ Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

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Little Bunny Fountain Grass ~ Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny”

This grass only gets a foot wide, so YES! You DO have room for a grass in that tiny garden =-)

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Huge-ass Astilbe! ‘Maggie Daley’ at 28″ inches high.

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Speedwell ~ Veronica ‘First Love’

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Mint ‘Mojito’ ~ Mentha x villosa
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Hosta ~ Not sure of species, however these are at my house and these smell like gardenias. I cut these for my bedroom. Ah, serenity =-)

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A Mayapple, apple! These normally get taken by the little furries that scurry under the leaves. Want to see it blooming?

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Butter & Eggs ~ Linaria vulgarus

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A cute dragonfly.

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Two different Hydrangea paniculata’s ~ Tardiva on the left and Limelight on the right.

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 8-13-2015

Happy Thursday!!

Click here to see what was blooming in 2013 or blooming in 2014.

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Gaillardia aristata ‘Gallo Peach’ ~ Blanket flower

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Physostegia virginiana ‘Pink Manners’ ~ Obedient plant

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Echinacea purpurea ‘Meringue’ ~ Cone flower

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Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ ~ Blazing star or gayfeather

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Echinacea purpurea ‘Cygnet White’ ~ Cone flower

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Silphium perfoliatum ~ Cup plant with a visiting Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly – Papilio glaucus

 

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 8-12-2015

Happy Wednesday everyone!!
Click to see what was blooming in 2013 or blooming in 2014.

 
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Campsis radicans ~ cow-itch or trumpet creeper

The hummingbirds loooove this on. They are all over my tree.

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Yellow rose

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Hypericum kalmianum ‘Ames’ ~ St. Johnswort

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Rudbeckia trilobia ‘Prairie Glow’ ~ Brown-Eyed Susan

I’m so getting some of these!!

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Helenium ‘Short and Sassy’ ~ Sneezweed

These also!! =-)

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Liatris spicata ‘Kobolt’ ~ Blazing star or gayfeather

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Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ ~ Culver’s root or Black root

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Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Becky’ ~ Shasta daisy

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Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky’

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Campanula carpatica ‘Blue Clips’ ~ Bellflowers

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 8-7-2015

Happy Friday Everyone!!

Tomorrow is our pig roast… mmmm. I will post photos later so you can drool also.

Click to see what was blooming in 2014 and blooming in 2013.

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Stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus) enjoy the sun with all the other beautiful prairie flowers. Coneflower (echinacea) create colonies along with the other blooms throughout the fields creating a patchwork quilt.

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Joe Pye weed (eupatorium maculatum), grey cone flower (ratibida pinnata) and compass plant (Silphium laciniatum).

The compass plant derived it’s name from the early settlers to the tallgrass prairies. They believed the leaves pointed north to south, however unfortunately, it is not always true.

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© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl