Tag Archive | Spring

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

Mom! Mom! Mom!

It’s BABY BIRD time again! Nothing screams Spring like seeing all the little critters coming out. The first chicks I’ve seen this year are these three Common Starlings. They sure were a squawky bunch of kids. I heard them before I looked out the window to see them.  They are sitting on the yew that is right below the suet cage. These guys weren’t hip to landing on the swinging cage. I can’t imagine they have many hours on their pilots licenses yet, as their landings were a bit rough, especially when the branch bounces as each one lands.

© 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

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-1-2017

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

     

Geranium ‘Alba’     ||     Potentilla ‘McKay’s White’

     

Azalea   White    ||   Azalea ‘Mandarin Lights’

     

Azalea ‘Golden Lights’   ||   Magnolia

Roses, roses everywhere!!

     

I think a Cornus racemosa ~ Grey dogwood   ||  Baby spruce cones, how cute (Picea abies)

     

Trifolium repens ~ white clover  ||  Amsonia tabernaemontana ~ Willow amsonia

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl