Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wildflower Wednesday

I do not have blooms for Wildflower Wednesday, hosted by Gail, from Clay and Limestone.  I do have seedheads, though.  I leave the plants up all winter for the birds who eat the seeds, and for whatever critters live in them or use them in some way.  I kind of like the looks of them, too.

New England Aster:


 Wild Quinine:


Purple Prairie Clover:


Cup Plant:


Mountain Mint:


Wild Senna:


Rattlesnake Master:


Illinois Bundleflower:


I had to include an Amsonia hubrichtii and its lovely foliage:


I can't remember which Liatris this is, maybe aspera:


I hope to spend a bit more time blogging, and reading other blogs.  As I've said in the past, once the days start getting longer, my spirits are higher, and I am excited for spring to be on the way.  We've had warmer than normal temps this week.  Today, we broke the former record of 64 degrees by one degree.  Next week it is supposed to get back down to our normal 20s and 30s.  I'd rather have it now than in April or May.  I feel bad for those in the east who got all that snow.  I hope all is well with you, wherever you live. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday on Thursday

For Gail's Wildflower Wednesday I took some photos of the area where the tree used to be, and included photos of fading foliage and seedheads as well as a few blooms.

I deadheaded the Gray-head coneflowers, and some of the clumps are reblooming.


Wild senna:


Little bluestem and Amsonia illustris:


Wild quinine:


Riddell's goldenrod:


Ironweed:


Golden alexanders:


Illinois bundleflower:


Liatris of some kind:


Meadow rue and cup plant:


Monarda fistulosa:


Narrow-leaf mountain mint and false baptisia:


New England aster, foliage of swamp milkweed, and maybe ironweed seeds in the background on the right.

Here are a couple views from the porch:



Our fall weather has been quite pleasant, and we are still getting some rain.  The birds have been eating some of the seeds, but it looks like they will have some for awhile yet.   I am watching our now 4 month old granddaughter 4 days a week.  I harvested some of the seeds while holding her over a couple days, and we found places to place some on the ground, and I walked around, trying to put a little dirt over them.  Maybe I will get some seedlings to share with others in the spring.  I hope your fall is going well!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Curb Beds

Well, it is October, and I am finally accepting the fact that it is fall, and while the gardening season is winding down, it is not totally over.  After I took these photos of the curb beds, my battery died, so I decided to do some weeding and trimming.  I am remembering that October first was the blog's 6th anniversary.  Last year, I mentioned that I have not been blogging as often, and this year, it seems to be even less.

I am working to fill this area after taking out a number of day lilies.  It is shadier than other parts of the front, so I have put some things in that don't mind shade.  Hopefully, they will grow larger next year.


There aren't a lot of plants in bloom, but this rose has a few, after blooming much of the season.  It's been here a number of years, and this is the first one where I have a few volunteers from it.  I hope to get some moved to other spots in the yard in the spring.


I like to go around taking photos so I can remember from one year to the next what is growing.  The sedges have done well, as has the red blooming plant I got from a friend a few years ago, and the name is not coming to me.  It may be a persicaria of some kind.


The side oats grama and perennial geraniums sure are holding their own against each other!  Can you see what else is blooming?


The perennial geraniums sure have done well next to the curbs.


 Facing north and west now, the bare area is where I took down the common milkweed because it was diseased and dying.  It will be back next year.


Back to the west side, facing east, the 'Fireworks' goldenrod plants here and there are doing well.


Back to the front, the reblooming irises are doing their thing.  I am in the process of thinning out the irises.  While the blooms are pretty, they seem out of place to me this time of year.


Many of the plants on the other side are also planted in this area.


After taking these photos, I removed some of these irises and planted a big old clump of Fremont's clematis that had to be dug out from a bed at my church.  It split, and I was pleased to see new growth forming, so I was able to plant both in different spots.   I didn't have big hopes of it surviving, but now, I'm optimistic.  The grassy looking plants next to the prairie dropseed on the left are sedges, but I'm not sure what kind. 


This is looking back to the west.  There used to be mostly day lilies in this area, but I removed them to put more native plants in.  I think this is the third year for these.  The perennial geranium on the end has been there longer.  It almost looks out of place.  Maybe I'll take that out, too.


This is heading to the west and facing north.  I like the liatris blooms, even when they turn to seedheads.


This is a skullcap.  I can't remember which kind.  It's either 'Smokey Hills' or 'Mongolian Skies'.


Now that the English asters have seeded themselves around the yard, I am thinking about taking the two original clumps out.  They need frequent trimming to keep them from blocking the sidewalk, and they get the disease that causes the bottom stems to turn dark.  I'll have to think of something different to plant there. They sure have had lots of insect visitors!


The blue mistflowers have done well without spreading too far this year.  I am interested in seeing how they do next year.


Can you see the blue mistflower clump behind the side oats grama and other plants?  Hopefully, these will prevent them from spreading too far.


We had a good amount of rain this season.  I hope we get enough snow to provide good insulation for the plants this year, and that spring doesn't take too long to get here.  I hope all is well with you and your gardens.