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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ragweed Daze

The danglepod (Sesbania herbacea) is blooming...
I discovered this native plant growing wild in a meadow [last year] in Macon.
The butterflies seem happy with this new fabaceae.

Elephants foot flower (Elephantopus tomentosus)

Hyssop Leaf Thoroughwort (Eupatorium hyssopifolium)  with Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

 American lady visits society garlic
The long tailed skipper wants to be a society butterfly too.

A coupla sulfurs drinking from the same cup.

Lespadeeza bloom.

This Eastern Towhee made a fuss about me walking through the garden... 
Smart bird... difficult to photograph in the shadows.

 Winged sumac (Rhus copallinum ) bloom
and fruit.

Red Chenille (acalypha reptans), a future lawn alternative, for shade.

The ragweed is blooming... Dreadful stuff... I'm pulling all I see.

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Blogger Jean Campbell said...

Congratulations on getting some Elephant's Foot. It's a great shade lover. Cute, the sulphurs drinking from the same cup. Butterfly pics turn out some great views sometimes when they're not acting crazy.

I take it you don't have any cattle around to get poisoned if you are growing sicklepod/danglepod. It's prohibited in Arkansas because it is a problem in cotton fields, which I guess you don't have either. It depends on whose sources you are reading whether Florida lists it as a nectar source or an invasive. I haven't seen any here so I don't have to deal with it. (Now watch me go out and find a whole patch of it right next to the Lane brothers' cotton field across the fence or Mr. Sheffield's cow pasture)

August 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Elephants foot is only open for a few hours... Gotta be quick!

I've read those same warnings about dangle-pod. Sesbania seems awfully rare, and critters don't eat poison stuff unless they're in an over-grazed pasture. If yer starving, you get desperate.

I also grow algeratina altissima, aesculus pavia, datura, brugmansia, digitalis, crotalaria, podophyllum peltatum.... And lots of other poisonous pretties.... Like phytolacca americana.

The acalypha Is poisonous too... Why not jump on the red chenille?

If you are going to be limited to stuff that isn't toxic, you'd have to give up growing solanums like tomatoes and potatoes, and even those green beans would give your livestock problems...

September 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM  

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