Tag Archive | phenology

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-10-2016

June already…

I’m actually not that taken back my it. The season is still young. It’s still Spring although Mother Nature has put her Summer dress on. Like I said before, some flowers are coming on faster than I can get a photo of them. Sadly, some flowers are verrrrry short bloomed (under 3 weeks). I find it really hard to justify these in my garden at times. One of these is the Iris. I have some rhizomes from my Dad’s house, which his Mother had hybridized. I don’t refer to her as my Grandmother, as I never met her (or my Grandfather) as they died when my Dad was young (early 20’s).  There were no notes left about what she had done to the Iris, just the story my Dad would tell about her having many around the house and her pollinating them when they bloomed. Sadly, many had succumb to the blades of the lawnmower, as my Father couldn’t see the difference in the blades. Sad face.

I just realized there are no Iris in this set of pix (lame)… I will mention in the future Blooming post when they pop-up.

Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, time stays, we go. ~Henry Austin Dobson – Blooming in 201320142015

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Baptisia australis ~ False indigo   |   Bellis perennis ~ English Daisy

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Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ – Miss Kim Lilac

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Dianthus gratianopolitanus   |   A Twofer! Dogwood and peony!

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Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’ (with lilac and arb)   |   Itea virginica ~ Virginia sweetspire + my fat finger!

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Cornus alba argenteo-marginata ~ Varigated dogwood   |   Picea pungens ~ Colorado blue spruce

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Salvia × sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ (purple) ~ Sage   |  Maianthemum stellatum ~ star-flowered, starry, or little false Solomon’s seal


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Spring Blooming Flowers 6-7-2016

Happy Tuesday!!

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

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I’m going to guess here – Sisyrinchium angustifolium ~ Blue eyed grass

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Euphorbia ~ Not sure of variety

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Centaurea montana ~ Amethyst in snow cornflower  |  Phlox divaricata ‘May Breeze’

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Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ ~ Lungwort

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Looks like Veronica ‘Waterperry’, but not sure.

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Trollius chinensis ‘Gloden Queen’ ~ Globeflower

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Dennstaedtia punctilobula ~ Haysented fern  |  Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Mrs. Moon’ ~ Lungwort

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Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood purple’


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Spring Blooming Flowers 6-2-2016

So much blooming so many more posts to post =-)

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

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Cerastium tomentosum ~ Snow-in-summer

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Amsonia hubrichtii ~ Blue star

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Dictamnus albus ~ Gas plant

This plant deserves a post of it’s own. I’ll write it soon.

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Close-up of the Gas plant  |  Aesculus flava ~ yellow buckeye, common buckeye or sweet buckeye

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Thalictrum aquilegifolium ~ Columbine meadow rue

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Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ ~ Dwarf Korean lilac   |    Geranium sanginuem ‘Max Frei’

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Rosa multiflora ~ Wild rose   |   Morus alba ~ Mulberries


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Spring Blooming Flowers 6-1-2016

Happy Wednesday & June already! The flowers are coming full force now. I’m formatting tomorrow’s Blooming Flowers post now…

Throw it in reverse to see what I found blooming in 201320142015

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Podophyllum peltatum ~ Mayapple   |   Rhamnus cathartica ~ Buckthorn

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Lonicera japonica ~ Japanese Honeysuckle (two shots for your pleasure…)

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Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ ~ Doublefile viburnums are so called because their flowers line up so cleanly along the branches in 2 rows

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Oxalis stricta ~ common yellow woodsorrel  |  Waldsteinia ternata ~ Barren strawberry

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Glechoma hederacea ~ Creeping Charlie

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Vaccinium corymbosum ~ Blueberry   |    Lonicera tatarica – Pink honeysuckle

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Justicia Brandegeeana ~ Shrimp plant (annual)


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Spring Blooming Flowers 5-10-2016

Happy Monday!

I hoped everyone had a wonderful Mother’s day.

Take two steps forward and one step back to see what I found blooming in 201320142015.

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Uvularia grandiflora – large-flowered bellwort or merrybells  |  Polemonium caeruleum – Jacob’s Ladder

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Fothergilla gardenii  |  Mertensia virginica – Virginia bluebells

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Geum coccineum ‘Cooky’ ~ Avens  |  Centaurea montana ~ Mountain bluet

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Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’ – Quince

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Chaenomeles japonica ‘Orange Delight’ – Quince

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Summer Blooming Flowers 6-26-2013

Rain, rain go away….

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Roses, roses everywhere!

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Rosa ‘John Cabot’

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Feverfew? Not sure.

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Convolvulus arvensis – Bindweed or Morning glory

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Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ – Threadleaf coreopsis

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Spiraea x bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’ – Spirea

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This looks like an annual…

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Tradescantia virginiana ‘Concord Grape’ – Spiderwort

Thanks for visiting & keep on planting!
© Ilex Farrell – Midwestern Plant Girl

Last Day of Spring Blooming Flowers 6-20-2013

I think summer is on it’s way! The next 10 days list our temperatures at a low of 70F & highs of 85F. We’re going to get rain for the weekend… We were going to go camping, but why camp in the rain. Bummer.

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Rosa ‘Radtko’ – Double knockout rose

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Aquilegia vulgaris “Ruby Port” – Ruby Port Double Columbine

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Pseudotsuga menziesii – Douglas fir cones

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Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ – Endless summer hydrangea

These two pots of endless summer hydrangea are having an identity crisis. Here in the Midwest, our soils are very alkaline, as we live on top of a huge piece of limestone. Wisconsin limestone is a popular hardscape material. This type of hydrangea will change color from blue to pink depending on the acidity (blue) or alkalinity (pink) of the soil it’s planted in.

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Erigeron philadelphicus – Philadelphia or Common Fleabane

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Trifolium repens – White clover

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Penstemon digitalis – Foxglove beardtounge

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Rosa ‘The Finest’

This rose was created in 2009, it’s name, ‘The Finest’ is to honor the
23 New York Police Department officers who died in the line of duty on
Sept. 11, 2001.

Plants I Phenologically Phollow 4/13/2013

wpid-2013-04-12-18.47.28.jpgBlack Cherry and my Oreo dog!

I have decided to report phenological events on three plants to Project BudBurst, black cherry (Prunus serotina), red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) and the may-apple (Podophyllum peltatum). These should be easy to report on as they all reside in my yard.

Today is a totally crappy day. So was yesterday. And the day before that, and that, and well, I’ve not seen the sun for 6 days. My vitamin D level is at -34. It actually snowed as I took these photos this morning. I had grandiose plans of composting my veggie garden today… Sigh.

I have nothing to report to Project BudBurst yet. The first report they ask you to make on trees is when the buds break, or when the buds start to swell and open into leaves. These buds look almost ready to go, but are waiting for the next sunny day, which according to the weather guru’s, isn’t going to be for another week or so. Yes, I think we’re out of our drought now, maybe even have some H2O in the + column.

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Black cherry buds against an angry sky.

My red columbine is just starting to poke leaves out of the ground. I’ve got a large amount of Lamiastrum or yellow archangel that stays a bit evergreen to protect the area. Actually, after searching for a link to put on ‘lamiastrum’, those nutball botanist’s (who love to change the names of things after you’ve painstakingly learned them), have now placed this in the ‘lamium’ family.  Yellow archangel grows like crazy, somewhat invasive, but this area is a tough sell, as the dogs run through it. They basically prune it by circling the area.

Again, there is nothing to report to Project BudBurst, as the first information they want for perennial-type plants is first flower. Um, yeah. We’re far from that. Deeper sigh.

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This columbine is in my shade garden.

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This columbine grows right by my gate.

In the same shade bed as the columbine, I have my may-apples. I’ve always loved the shape of these, as they remind me of little umbrellas! These are mature plants, meaning they do produce edible fruit. It can take up to seven years for a may-apple to produce an apple. I’ve not made any ‘may-apple jelly’ as of yet, but I hear it’s awesome. BTW, the rest of the plant is poisonous.

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Just the tip of the umbrella showing!

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Another mayapple ready to pop.

The next time I will report on these is, well, when there is something to report!

Enjoy the day & keep on planting!
Ilex

What a Difference a Year Makes…

These are the lilacs at my head table.

These are the lilacs at my head table. 4-13-12

2012.
It was a freak year. A year of weather I’ve never experienced in my years & I’ll kindly say I’m no spring chicken.
Although I wasn’t actively keeping track of any phonological events, I have a great memory attached to these lilacs (syringa reticulata).
First off, they are one of my favorite flowers as they smell terrific, and you’re helping your shrub by pruning the flowers off. I was also trying to save cash last year when I got married and cut them from my yard for my head table flowers! That was 4-13-12. The photo below is the same shrub today,  4-12-13.

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My favorite, the smelly lilac!
The buds are juuuust breaking.

This is a great example of why a good horticulturist can’t use a Georgian calendar for scheduling in the garden

Enjoy the day & keep on planting!
© Ilex Farrell