Tag Archive | perennials

Spring Blooming Flowers 5-19-2015

Happy Tuesday!
Want to see what was blooming in the past? Click here for 2013 or here for 2014.
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Kerria japonica ~ Japanese rose

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Tiarella cordifolia ~ foamflower

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Digitalis purpurea ~ Foxglove

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Delphinium grandiflorum ~ Siberian larkspur

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Iberis sempervirens ~ evergreen candytuft or perennial candytuft

This is in the family Brassicaceae, which is the same family as broccoli. Can you see the resemblance? Botany used to be a science of observation, however now microscopes and DNA analysis has messed up this science and creates confusion among different sciences such as horticulture.

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Aronia arbutifolia ~ red chokeberry

Cancer research on anthocyanins where in black chokeberry preparations were first used to inhibit chemically induced cancer in the rat esophagus was found to reduce the disease severity by 30-60% and that of the colon cancer by up to 80%. Effective at both the initiation and promotion/progression stages of tumor development, these berries are a practical research tool and hold a promising therapeutic source since they contain the highest amount of anthocyanins among native North American berries

[J. Agric. Food Chem. 50 (12): 3495–500].

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Syringa reiculata ~ Lilac – white and purple varieties

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Midwestern Deer Resistant Perennials

Plant it and they will comeAND eat it!!

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This was the first year that the deer took a buffet walk through my shade garden. My yard is fenced (abet it only is 3′ feet high), I have vicious clueless dogs and I generally have nothing they want. The only time I have seen them in my yard is in February, when they are desperate and willing to eat the osage oranges in the far back yard.

Although I generally don’t have problems, my clients are plagued by these furry eating machines constantly. For them, I stick with using plants that have been generally proven to be deer resistant, however, when hungry enough, they will eat anything resembling food. Even if it is to just taste it to be SURE it isn’t food.

IF you are looking for other deer resistant plants, Here is a list of SHRUBS and TREES that deer tend to leave alone.

Here is a list of perennials that I have found don’t get munched on by Bambi:

Common Name: Scientific Name:
Monkshood

Anemone

Artemisia

Astilbe

Bee Balm

Bergenia

Black-eyed Susan

Butterfly Weed

Columbine

Coreopsis

Cranesbill

Fleabane Daisy

Foam Flower

Gentian

Geum

Goldenrod

Hellebore

Hens & Chicks

Hibiscus

Iris

Jacob’s Ladder

Rose campion

Marsh Marigold

Meadow Rue

Meadowsweet

Peony

Phlox

Pinks

Purple Coneflower

Rock Cress

Russian Sage

Salvia

Sedum

Shasta Daisy

Snakeroot

Sneezeweed

Snow-in-Summer

Speedwell

Toadflax

Valerian

Violet

Yarrow

Aconitum spp.

Anemone spp

Artemisia spp.

Astilbe spp.

Monarda spp.

Bergenia spp.

Rudbeckia hirta

Asclepias tuberosa

Aquilegia spp.

Coreopsis spp.

Geranium spp.

Erigeron x hybridus

Tiarella cordifolia

Gentiana spp.

Geum spp.

Solidago spp.

Helleborus nigra

Sempervivum spp.

Hibiscus spp.

Iris spp.

Polemonium caeruleum

Lychnis coronaria

Caltha pulustris

Thalictrum spp.

Flipendula spp.

Paeonia spp.

Phlox divaricate

Dianthus spp.

Echinacea purpurea

Arabis caucasica

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Salvia spp.

Sedum spp.

Hrysanthemum

Eupatorium rugosum

Helenium autumnale

Cerastium tomentosum

Veronica spp.

Linaria spp.

Valeriana officinalis

Viola spp.

Achillea spp.

Autumn Blooming Flowers 10-21-2014

Happy Tuesday to you all!!

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If you can figure out what I was taking a picture of here, I will send you the booby-prize!!

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Cool thistle heads.

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Helenium autumnale – Sneezeweed… Achooooo!

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Helenium autumnale – Sneezeweed

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Milkweed seeds – Blowing n the wind!

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Gentainella quinquefolia – Stiff Gentian

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I know it is an aster – never seen one with a purple center, tho.

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Solidago nemoralis – Gray goldenrod

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I loved the fall color of this, however can’t ID it. =-(

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More asters I can’t ID.

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Monarda didyma – A bit of a late riser!

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Autumn Blooming Flowers 10-20-2014

Happy Monday Again.
Does it ever become any easier to wake-up and get out of the house on a Monday??

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Autumn pot annuals

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Grass seedheads!

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Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Virginia creeper

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Aster ericoides – Heath aster

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Catmint and daylily

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Cool annual grass!

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Chasmanthium latifolium – Northern Sea oaks

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 Anemone × hybrida ‘September Charm’

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Oxalis triangularis – False Shamrock

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Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. maximowiczii ‘Elegans’ – Porcelain Vine

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Tricyrtis formosana – Toad Lily

I love this one, so beautiful!

Autumn Blooming Flowers 10-15-2014

Happy Wednesday.
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Rodgersia aesculifolia – Rodgers flower

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Same pot from summer – at the train station

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Cool unidentified seedhead – Solidago – Goldenrod

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Liatris spicata – Blazing star

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Grass seed

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Echinacea – Coneflower

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Verbena

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Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’

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Malus – Crabapple

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Solidago speciosa – Showy Goldenrod

Autumn Blooming Flowers 10-14-2014

Happy Tuesday!

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Asparagus seeds

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Helianthus tuberosus – Jerusalem artichoke also called sunroot, sunchoke

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Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Virginia creeper growing on Picea abies – Norway Spruce

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Picea Abies – Norway Spruce cones

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Solanum dulcamara – Bittersweet Nightshade

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Euonymus fortunei ‘Colorata’ – Wintercreeper – Beautiful fall color

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Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ – Burning Bush 

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Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – These don’t normally turn this pink tinge. Very cool tho!!

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’

The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio Machaon) is widespread and common throughout most of the northern hemisphere. Although in some countries, the Swallowtail and its subspecies are endangered. Papilio machaon is protected by law in six provinces of Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova. The species is protected in the United Kingdom, and subsp. Papilio verityi is protected in India.

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Swallowtail are highly adaptable, utilising a variety of habitats including:
• Sub-arctic tundra in Canada
• Prairies and woodlands in the south of North America
• Hay meadows, roadside verges, river banks and sub-alpine pastures in Europe
• High montane habitats in the Atlas mountains of North Africa
• Semi-cultivated habitats in the Mediterranean area
When Linnaeus first created the System Naturae, Papilio was the only genus name used for every species of butterfly. Things have been a bit more organized since then! Only about 215 of the 17600 currently known species have remained in Papilio genus.

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Plant It and They Will Come!
Female’s seek out plants of family Umbelliferae and Asteraceae family to deposit eggs on, as it is their favourite food. The food plants of the swallowtail North America are more varied than in the UK.
• Wild carrot / Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)
• Wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris)
• Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
• Hogweeds (Heracleum)
• Wormwood or sagebush (Artimesia)
• Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)
• Cow parsnip (Heracleum)
The young caterpillar is black, marked with a stripe of white. It looks strangely like bird poop as it sits on leaves. When mature in July, it is a most colorful – bright green, marked with narrow black bands and orange spots. Behind it’s head is an eversible fleshy pink forked structure called an osmaterium, which is raised if the larva is alarmed. This organ emits pungent chemicals, capable of deterring ants, wasps and flies, however not birds, who find them a nice snack.
The chrysalis is attached vertically by a thin silken thread, usually low down on the stem of the host plant, where it hibernates until the following spring.

Chenille de Grand porte queue (macaon)" by Didier Descouens

“Chenille de Grand porte queue (macaon)”  by Didier Descouens

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Fall Blooming Flowers 10-3-2014

Finally! Happy Friday!!

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Rose hips

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MONSTER carrot.

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Tradescantia ohiensis – spiderwort

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Dahlias

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Verbena bonariensis  – Verbena

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Echinacea ‘Double White Delight’ – coneflower

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Eryngium yuccifolium – Rattlesnake master

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Caryopteris × clandonensis ‘Longwood Blue’ – Blue mist shrub

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Sedum ‘Autumn joy’

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Penstemon digitalis – beard tounge

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Fall Blooming Flowers 10-2-2014

Happy Thursday… Ah, it won’t be long. One more day till the weekend!

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Gentianella quinquefolia – Stiff Gentian

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Solanum sisymbriifolium – Sticky nightshade

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Hydrangea

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Asclepias incarnata – Milkweed Pod

Oncopeltus fasciatus – Milkweed Bug

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Sonchus arvensis – Perennial sowthistle

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Bidens cernua Nodding bur-marigold

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Typha latifolia – Cattails

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Not sure!

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Fall Blooming Flowers 10-1-2014

Happy Hump Day! Whoop!

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The Thistle o’ Scotland
(As translated by Malcolm MacFarlane)

O, the Thistle o’ scotland was famous of auld,
Wi’ its toorie sae snod and its bristles sae bauld;
Tis the Badge o’ my Country, it’s aye dear tae me,
and thocht o’ them baith brings the licht tae ma e’e.

It’s strength and its beauty the storm never harms;
It stan’s on its guard like a warrior in arms;
Yet its down is as saft as the gull’s on the sea,
And its tassle as bricht as my Jeanie’s blue e’e.

Chorus:
O, my country, what wonder yer fame’s gane afar;
For yer sons hae been great baith in peace and in war;
While the sang and the tale live they’ll aye win respect,
The lads neath the bonnets wi’ thistles bedeckt.

Chorus:
Lang syne the invaders cam owre to our shore,
And fiercely our Thistle they scutched and they tore;
When they maist thocht it deid, twas then it up bore,
And it bloomed on their graves quite as strong as before.

Chorus:
My blessings be yours. Is there Scotcsman ava
Wad stan’ by and see ony harm on ye fa’ ?
Is there gentle or semple wha lives in our land
Wad refuse to drink health to the Thistle sae grand.

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Conium maculatum – Poison Hemlock

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Phlox

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hmmm.

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Cutie, fuzzy bees!

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Doellingeria umbellata – Flat-topped aster

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Monarda punctata -spotted beebalm

Love these seedheads!!
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Lovely woodland flowers

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Aster

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