Tag Archive | flowers

Spring Blooming Flowers 5-3-2016

We had a wonderful weekend camping in Racine, Wisconsin. There is a little gem of a campground run by Racine County. It doesn’t come up on the national reservation site reserveamerica.com. There were a few seasonals already set-up. Usually, at national forests, the limit for staying is 2 weeks. Obviously, they have their own set of rules. I respect that. Sadly, it rained all weekend… we found a bar there the owner came from my hubby’s home town, and the bartender came from Serbia and was a doppelganger for my neighbor’s Dad. Too odd. Those afternoon’s are pretty fun =-)

Hop on the hot tub time machine to see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Muscari neglectum ~ Grape hyacinth

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Malus ~ Crabapple   |   Tulips

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I love these Daffy’s – I planted them last fall

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More Tulips   |   Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

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Erythronium albidum ~ white fawnlily or white trout lily   |   Ribes uva-crispa ~ Gooseberry


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The Last of the Blooming Flowers 11-16-2015 Quiz!

I was out looking at my front foundation bed I planted this past year. I was pleasantly surprised to see some color still showing off in the garden. Some of these perennials have continued blooming and some have just bloomed out of nowhere land. I was thinking I would make a quiz out of it for my faithful followers…. See if you guys are really reading my posts or just hitting the like button 😉

I’ve read about writing tests. In a multiple choice question, two answers should be close, but truly not possibly right. The other two should make enough sense to be right, but if the material was understood, only one answer is clearly correct. I’ve written my test in this fashion.

So, are these following photos of flowers blooming out of sequence (no where near their correct bloom time) or are the blooms in sequence for this late season (these are late blooming flowers)? Note that the Midwest has had pretty mild weather this late summer into fall. It’s been an average of 50F/10C high and a low of 36F/3C.

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Centarea

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. Nice windmill.
  4. Don King called, he’s suing over hairstyle rights.

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Dianthus

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. This is a cactus!
  4. This porcupine is wearing a cute hat.

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Knautia

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. What? I’m not knautia, I’m a mum!
  4. Shhh, I’m a dandelion with a punk hairstyle.

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Gailardia

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. I’m a bulls eye, not a flower.
  4. I am a sunset.

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Anemone

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. You’re thinking of my cousin, the other anemone…
  4. Shouldn’t I be in the ocean?

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Geum

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. I’m a poppy for Veteran’s Day.
  4. I’m a colorful fall leaf.

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Echinacea

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. Look! Squirrel!
  4. I think I want my lawyer.

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Clematis

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. I’m a starfish.
  4. I’m a wad of bubble gum.

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Violet

  1. I bloom now.
  2. I normally don’t bloom now.
  3. I’m schizophrenic and so am I
  4. Don’t think about answering, just look at my cute face.

 

Answers:

Centaurea = 2 – I usually only bloom in June.

Dianthus = 2 – I usually only bloom in May through June.

Knautia = 1 – I start blooming in July and go through September.

Gaillardia = 1 & 2 – They aren’t supposed to be blooming now, however I’ve usually had them bloom in a longer window than published.

Anemone = 1 – Although a tad late, I will still say this is a late blooming flower.

Geum = 2 – I usually bloom May through June. This one bloomed all season.

Echinacea = 1 -Yes, a true late bloomer!

Clematis = 1 – I bloom twice a year starting in May through June then again in September.

Violet = 2 – I usually bloom April through May. I think I was confused in the cold weather.

 

So, how did you do? Please post your results in the comment section.

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

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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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