Wildflowers forum: A walk in the wild.

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jmorth
Aug 20, 2012 5:57 PM CST
Wildflowers that have colonized an old drainage ditch surrounded by fields of corn and soybeans in the middle of nowhere -
Bottle brush bush
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/0962b5 Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/5a510b Butterfly, bee, and moth
Swamp milkweed
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/a225cf
A river of Red Lobelia Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/a807d8 Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/9d5d06
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/27ce4e Clover and a prairie grass Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/e4c9b6

Second part of expedition, woods around a lake in a state park -
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/30f368 Queen Anne's Lace
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/0ad48c Thistleville Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/b7a2a8 Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/5c7edc
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/d39a22Bumblebees Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/9ad198 and a Bumblebee mimic, the Snowberry Clearwing (moth).

New York Ironweed White snakeroot Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/469c49 Rudbeckia Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/590fd0
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/732d5d Pokeberry Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/dbbef8 Dogwood Grape
Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/4bf2d0 Teasel Hedgeapple

and a couple from garden
Snooth Aster Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/c10b5d Downy Skullcap Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/6fa9e2 American Bellflower Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/5a7ccb
New England Aster Thumb of 2012-08-20/jmorth/eaf2f6
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CDsSister
Aug 20, 2012 6:06 PM CST


Thank you for sharing those pictures... I will look a bit more closely when I walk out in the wilds

Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Sep 14, 2012 10:04 AM CST
J, I missed this post earlier; you have a world of wildflowers nearby! How beautiful. Your descriptions just make them more beautiful.

I'd like to see it again as it settles into fall and winter; is it left in its natural state so the birds and wildlife can enjoy it?

The pokeberries look pretty! Takes me back to my old PokeSallit days with Aunt Bett, and drawing on rocks with the juice of the berries. Do you know how long pokeberry juice stains last? Whew!
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jmorth
Sep 15, 2012 11:06 AM CST
Sharon, The locale whereof you inquire is indeed left relatively wild through all seasons, every once in a while a tractor mounted mower is utilized to keep the foot paths accessible.
I think I read somewhere about the pokeweed's stainibility, but not about it's stainibility sustainibility.

Returned to said site yesterday, on a quest to find evidence of Monarch migration; last year and the year before found massive gatherings of Monarchs at this locale; so far, just a few Monarchs...however, the wild stands of Goldenrod do attract a fair amount of different butterflies.

Buckeye Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/48e1f6 Painted Lady Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/66a519 Monarch Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/bf6252 Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/a1d7fdHairstreak Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/591f17

Some other wild flowers encountered on expedition -
Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/20dc17 Sawtooth Sunflower Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/832f8c Smartweed Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/a94cce Thistle

Rudbeckia Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/581199 Prairie Grasses - red Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/48b05c gold Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/5437c7

Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/5cc085 Horse Nettle Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/b0ee22 Moth Mullein Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/357bc5 Boneset

Bidens Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/a39b96 Heath Aster Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/509ee2Queen Anne's Lace Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/ab5936

Fleabane Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/1a013b Wood Sorrel Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/468a1d Ironweed Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/2c8cdf

Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/0d8d3c Tick Trefoil Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/451950 Evening Primrose Thumb of 2012-09-15/jmorth/6c9267Partridge Pea
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Sep 15, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Feels like I'm there. I love your words, J. I can assure you of the stainability's sustainability. Think very nearly permanent.

I haven't seen some of those plants in such a long time, made me remember the time when I didn't enjoy my third grade teacher and I stuffed my mouth full of smartweed so I would be so much smarter than she was. Do you know it tastes much like a mouth full of pepper. Feels like it too.

And goldenrod. Seems like my goldenrod might not bloom. I never knew it to succumb to drought, but drought plus too many 110 degree days might have made a difference in its growth pattern. Who knows, my wisteria is blooming even right along with producing seed pods right now. Times they are a'changin'.

Beautiful photos, what a lovely place to be. I'm glad they leave it au naturale all seasons.
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Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Sep 15, 2012 1:29 PM CST

What vivid colors, blue sky, and lovely flowers. Even the thistles and other wild grasses are gorgeous.

Loved the flutterbys of course Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I know I will be visiting this page for a walk or two during the snowy months. I putting the star on it now!

Thanks for sharing more of your wild country. Well done!! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.


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