Tag Archive | perennial

Summer Blooming Flowers 6-28-2017

We leave for Door County today!!! OMG, I am so ready to kick up my heels. Not that we’re a ‘relax-on-vacation’ kinda couple. We’ve got a rain day plan of going to an art studio that has all kinds of different activities, then we’re totally going kayaking again, we’re going to catch a fish boil, go fishing where Hubby grew-up fishing, there’s a place I want to go that I’ve not remembered what the name of it was! Doh! It’s a natural oddity.. crater.. thang in the rocks.. I’ll surely post it when I go there.

I’m not a fan of Faceplantbook, I do have a page for this site, however stopped linking posts to it years ago or even visiting it. Too much pettiness and folks were stealing my stuff! Angry face! I still post this blog to Twitter. I also forward (Gesh, I don’t know what it’s called to just throw back out a tweet..) things I feel strongly about. I don’t actually go on Twitter. I’ve only got a handful of followers there. I think it’s because I don’t read IST. Oh, that’s Internet Slang Terms. I have a pretty vivid imagination (heehee), I can come up with some pretty good answers to any given acronym.

So after trying those two and not feeling the love, I’ve been trying to embrace Instagram.  For those who visit my page, for realsies, on the computer, on the left sidebar, I’ve added a ‘What I’ve Seen‘ header, that is my account. I have been posting things that are a no-no.. Like ya’all probably think we’re alcoholics. I assure you, we’re working alcoholics.

I would love to hear any tips, unwritten etiquette, #Helpmewithhashtags, and even connect with anyone else enjoying Instagram.

I’ve got some posts set to pop off on schedule for the weekdays while I’m away. Internet is pretty good up there, I should be able to answer comments. However, I will be embracing Instagram and posting many photos from our adventures during the next 7 days, in lieu of posting them here. Enjoy your Independence Day!

Click here to be taken to the past: | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 |

     

Aquilegia vulgaris ~ Columbine in White   ||   Veronica longifolia ~ First Lady Speedwell

Muuuuuuull-Beeerries! Nom. Nom. Nom.


     

Baptisia alba ~ White wild indigo

     

Rosa ‘Radrazz’ ~ Knockout rose       ||    Wisteria frutescens ~ American Wisteria (I totally missed this one. Lame. It’s on my house!!)

     

Allium ‘Globemaster’    ||    Arenaria serpyllifolia ~ Thyme-leaved Sandwort

Erigeron annuus ~ Fleabane

Catalpa speciosa ~ I call it ‘The Cigar Tree’ because the fall fruit looks like a blunt.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 6-26-2017

Happy Monday to everyone! It is a happy Monday because in 48 hours, we’ll be on our way to Door County, Wisconsin for a week. I can’t wait!

Come with me to the past blooming flowers: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

     

Alchemilla mollis ~ lady’s mantle   ||  Lychnis chalcedonica ~ Maltese cross (a fav of mine!)

     

Malva moschata ~ musk mallow or musk-mallow   ||    Lychnis arkwrightii ‘Orange Gnome’

‘Orange Gnome’ close up

Rosa ~ Rose

     

Clematis ‘Serious Black’   ||   Knautia macedonica ~ ‘Thunder & Lightning’ This guy was planted 4 years ago, and started out with variegated leaves. He has since reverted back to the regular green leaves.

Kalimeris incisa ‘Blue Star’ ~ Japanese Aster (It’s way more blue than this photo)

Filipendula rubra ~ Queen of the Prairie

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

 The Last Spring Blooming Flowers 6-20-2017

Happy last day of Spring / First day of Summer!!! I’ve got mixed feelings. I can’t believe Spring is over, however that means my job gets easier. The rains have finally seemed to back off a bit, as I thought I’d have to build a Plant Ark. Can’t forget about the plants when another flood wipes most of us pink apes out 😉

Come with me to the past blooming flowers: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

       

Syringa reticulata~ Japanese Tree Lilac

Not smelly, but pretty.  Also salt tolerant. A great street tree.

Philadelphus (Mock Orange) x. ‘Buckley’s Quill’ ~ Buckley’s Quill Mockorange

These smelly little cuties are right under my window that is downwind. These have such a strong sweet smell. It’s 92F /34C out and windy. I have the window cracked ever so slightly to get the smell in without bringing in too much heat. Electric bill be dammed!!

Peonies in a backyard on Bangs Lake. Beautiful!!!

Valeriana officinalis ~ Garden valerine

Another smelly one!

Common asparagus beetle – Crioceris asparagi

Ugh. Just when you were enjoying all the smelly flowers, this stinker joins the party. Sigh. Welp. It’s time to offer them a swimming lesson, free of charge. Well, it’s not really a swimming lesson, as you will only learn to die at my pool. My fav way to trap these buggars is to use what they know as my advantage. They like to drop to the ground as a defensive tactic to avoid predators. So, I place a cup of water under them, wave my hand above them and watch them do the belly-flop into my cup. I mean, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel!!

     

Asparagus officinalis ~ Very small bloom   ||   Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern

     

Nyssa sylvatica ~ Black tupelo   ||   Mullberry update = Almost!

Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-19-2017

Come with me to the past blooming flowers: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

     

Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’ ~ Cheddar pinks, carnation   ||   Lotus corniculatus ~ Birds-foot Trefoil  (so cool!!)

     

Lonicera japonica – Japanese honeysuckle   ||   Plantago lanceolata ~ Buckhorn plantain (weed)

     

Not even gonna try on these grasses. Guessing weedys.

     

Barbarea vulgaris ~ Garden Yellow Rocket    ||   Stellaria media ~ Common Chickweed

Chickweed is known for its soothing and healing quality. Its high saponin content is thought to be the reason for its effectiveness in relieving skin problems, such as erysipelatous and other forms of ulceration, as well as many forms of cutaneous diseases.

Hesperis matronalis ~ dame’s rocket, damask violet, dame’s-violet, dames-wort, dame’s gilliflower, night-scented gilliflower, queen’s gilliflower, rogue’s gilliflower, summer lilac, sweet rocket, mother-of-the-evening and winter gilliflower.

Here, many folks think this is ‘wild phlox’. Sure, you could call it that if you like. However, the easy way to tell the difference is that this one has 4 petals and phlox has 5.

       

When this gets with this, does this happen?

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

 

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-14-2017

Happy Hum Day!! Hope the ride down the hill of the week is a fast and furious! Wheeeeee!

Wanna see into the past? Click to see what was blooming in 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

     

Penstemon pinifolius ‘Mersea Yellow’    ||    Silene vulgaris ~ White bladderwort

Cornus racemosa ~ Grey Dogwood

     

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’ –  Diablo Ninebark   ||   Geranium ‘Alba’

Vitis riparia ~ Baby Wine !!!  😉

     

Sedum ~ Not sure of flavor   ||   Penstemon Digitalis ~ Beardtounge (Is this like ‘hair of the dog‘ after a night of drinking??)

     

Tradescantia ohiensis ~ Spiderwort   ||   Keep Calm and Chive on!!!

Achillea millefolium ~ Yarrow

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-13-2017

Good day!

All of these were taken from my Memorial Day Weekend trip to Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. This beautiful area is totally man-made! They started construction (or is it de-struction??) on the area in 2002. The creek was flooded, trees and other wildlife came and now we have a party!

Wanna see into the past? Click to see what was blooming in 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Blooming water plant

     

Carduus nutans ~ musk thistle, nodding thistle or nodding plumeless thistle  ||  Rainbow!!

I’m kinda guessing here… Rubus pubescens ~ Dwarf Raspberry

Eryngium yuccifolium ~ Rattlesnake-master

Not blooming but interesting foliage. Latin is a wonderful language that I love. Yuccifolium translated to Leaves like a Yucca. So straightforward. We all should have just stuck with one language. Things would have been a lot easier had we.

Rosa multiflora ~ Wild rose

Iris pseudacorus ~ Yellow flag iris

     

Rosa multiflora ~ Wild rose   ||    Blooming Toxicodendron radicans ~ Poison ivy

    

Tradescantia virginiana ~ Spiderwort    ||    Melilotus officinalis ~ yellow sweet clover, yellow melilot, ribbed melilot or common melilot

Vicia cracca ~ Tufted Vetch

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Monday Memories 6-12-2017

Many of these pests / diseases are making their way around again. Be sure to monitor your plants, as many of these issues are easily dealt with in the early stages.

Ilex vs Rose Sawfly

imageLarvae can be effectively controlled with a neem oil product or an insecticidal soap. Spray only the leaves (both sides), in the morning as neem oil can possibility hurt pollinators (More research needs to go into that). The strategy is to find larvae while they are still small and before damage becomes severe, like our roses! There is no need for control after the larvae have finished eating and left the plants, give or take mid-July.

One last note, these are not caterpillars, they are actually primitive wasps, so Bt or Bacillus thuringiensis will not work.

Ilex VS Oak Wilt

Oak wilt is confused with other problems such as drought, construction stress, borers, and root problems.

These symptoms would include:Image

  • More noticeable during late summer
  • Regular size leaves, little wilting
  • Leaves browning evenly
  • Leaves remain on the tree after discoloring
  • Dying trees scattered throughout stand
  • More common on stressed sites
  • Signs of borers or root disease

Oak Wilt symptoms:

  • More noticeable during early summer
  • Small leaves, thin crown, wilting
  • Edges and tips of leaves bronzing first
  • Leaves drop soon after discoloring
  • Dying trees found in groups (root grafts)
  • Streaking and discoloration of vascular tissues

Ilex VS. Dutch Elm Disease

dutch elm diseaseThe DED fungus is spread by two insect vectors: the native elm bark beetle (Hylurgopinus rufipes) and the European elm bark beetle (Scolytus multistriatus). The fungus is transported on the beetles from infected trees to healthy trees as they feed on twigs and upper branches. The beetles lay their eggs in the bark and wood of stressed trees along with elm firewood with the bark left on. Developing larvae form channels just under the bark and the fungus grows through the galleries until it reaches the tree’s water conducting cells, or xylem. Chemicals manufactured by the tree during its effort to fight the disease plug up the xylem, causing the tree to wilt.  In the Midwest, beetles typically have two generations per year.

Ilex VS Four-Lined Plant Bug (Poecilocapus lineatus)

The four-lined plant bug (Poecilocapus lineatus) removes plant’s chlorophyll  via their piercing-sucking mouthparts. They also secrete a toxin in their saliva that digests the components responsible for holding the plant cells together that leaves a hole in the plant’s epidermis. This feeding produces white, dark, or translucent spots the plant’s leaves, which can run together forming large blotches. Leaves can turn brown, curl-up and ultimately fall off. If feeding occurs on new growth, wilting may result. This is a photo of a nymph. He was doing just fine in the damage department.

Ilex VS Eastern tent caterpillars ~ Malacosoma americanum

imageThese guys are often confused with fall webworms, and bag worms, although all three are quite different. Tent worm nests are active early in the season while webworms are active late season. Tent worms like to make their tent nests in the forks of branches, while webworm nests are located at the tips of branches. Fall webworms also enclose foliage or leaves within these nests. Tent caterpillars do not. Bag worms are single worm homes made of the foliage from the tree it has decided to call home. They mostly evergreens like junipers or arborvitae. I like to remember the difference like this… A bag can hold one, but a tent can hold many.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-6-2017

Where am I? What day is it? Goodbye or Hello? Is it Friday yet??!?

Wanna see into the past? Click to see what was blooming in 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

     

 Pastinaca sativa ~ Wild Parsnip

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldmound’ ~ Spirea

     

Hesperis matronalis ~ Dame’s rocket    ||    Descurainia pinnata ~ Tansy Mustard

Weedy grass makes a nice photo

     

Gerbera jamesonii ~ Gerber Daisies a fav of mine   ||   Lythrum alatum ~ Winged Loosestrife

     

Hmmmm?   ||   Trifolium pratense ~ red clover

      

I think we’ll go with two more strikes….

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-5-2017

Happy Monday!!

I hope everyone is refreshed after the last holiday weekend =-) I feel like it takes me a week to get back into the swing of things after a long weekend (Memorial Day). Let’s hope this full 5 day week goes by relatively easy.

Wanna see into the past? Click to see what was blooming in 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Hydrophyllum virginianum ~ Virginia Waterleaf

     

Buddleia davidii ~ Butterfly Bush   ||  Pretty hosta – It looks like stained glass to me!

     

Raspberries or some kind of wild berry   ||  Weigela

     

Aquilegia canadensis ~ Columbine   ||   Salvia x superba ‘May Night’ ~ Sage

     

Geranium sanguineum ‘Max Frei’   ||  Geranium sanguineum ‘Johnson Blue’

      
Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’    ||    Itea virginica ~ Virginia sweetspire

Nepeta faassenii ‘Purrsian Blue’

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-2-2017

Wanna see into the past? Click to see what was blooming in 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

     

Interesting lichen   ||   Prunus serotina ~ Black Cherry  (Sadly, not the yummy kind humans like, but the birds like ’em!)

     

Clematis ‘Bee’s Jubilee’ and ‘Guernsey Cream’

    

Weigela florida   ||   Dictamnus albus ~ Gas Plant (Click for a video to explain why its called a GAS Plant!)

     

Beautiful Iris!!

     

Sedum ~ Not quite blooming….   ||   Aquilegia (Columbine) and Chives

     

Maianthemum stellatum ~ Starry False Solomon’s Seal  ||  My mullberries are coming along nicely!!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl