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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flowers, pollinators, and fruit

Swallowtail visits mtn mint

Buckeye also has a fondness for mint...

Other pollinators...

While we're on the subject of pollinators, this cut-leaf coneflower is also drawing a big crowd...

 The clasping heliotrope is always a big crowd pleaser...


Crinums!

 phlox and swallowtail
 joe pye and swallowtail
Lantana and tiger swallowtail

 Sassafras drupes... just before the mocking birds and brown thrashers ate them... took very little time to completely strip the tree... They made quite a racket... swooping in and grabbing fruit seemingly in mid-flight!
bird in sassafras tree....

Flat woods plum (Prunus umbellata)
These plums look mouth-watering... But... they aren't good until the tree drops them... If you're into brushing the sand off them... they aren't bad.

White rose of sharon...

Finally... a new section of the veg garden... caged tomatoes, watermelons, and glass gem corn showing.

 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

summer critters and unusual wildflowers

 hummingbird visiting rose of sharon

 Dragon fly on corn tassel

 Dragon fly on poppy pod

 American lady butterfly on butterfly weed

 Leaf-foot bugs eating corn

Ompalocera munroei ... Leaf-roller cat from pawpaw... I planted those for the zebras... not these guys...

Whorled leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis major) Wild collected in town....

another whorled coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata) seems to be on the Georgia DNR's watch list... to determine conservation status.... One of the naturals out here in the sand-hill garden.


Bee visits St. John's wort (Hypericum prolificum)

Bug...

 Matelea decipiens 
Seed pod

Another matelea... Gonolobus suberosus... Matelea gonocarpos

Flowers on the Delphinium carolinianum... 
Last year... the rodents ate this rare beauty, hence the wire cage this year.

Hairy Dawnflower... Stylisma villosa

 

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Colours

Blooms on the clitoria

 Butterfly visiting the butterflyweed.

Daylilies r blooming

Hollyhocks!

Black ones.

Nan Ondra's variegated corn, and some summer squash.....

Oak leaf hydrangea

monarda

Rudbeckia hirta

 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May flowers reprise


Always thrilled to see butterfly mating rituals...

Farkleberry bloom....

This fast-growing invasive Japanese honeysuckle is busily covering my garden fences... Over-whelming the desirable native coral honeysuckle, and it really doesn't seem to matter how much of this stuff I pull... seems to stay ahead of my efforts to control...

I have poison ivy covering the ground in the newest expansion of the veggie garden....

The poison ivy is actually easier to control than the nasty Japanese honey suckle... It all comes out easily with a mattock...

Poison ivy flowers...

Also... a bit of poison oak... I'm not especially OCD about the toxicodendrons... I dug this out of the yard... but it's such an interesting plant that it's worth keeping some around for observation....

I left some background on this indigo pic to demonstrate the unlikely happenstance of a garden-worthy plant growing in a desolate patch of sand where little else grows...

Wild collected Coreopsis lanceolata... When I divided this beauty (last Spring),  and planted the divisions in the garden soil the voles got busy eating them... I rescued this one and it's been container-grown since...

Penstemons (group of 3) Also subject to vole depredation, 2 of these are in containers (after the voles ate the other divisions)...
 Hoping for crosses... I just need to figure out how to get the seeds to come up... Was not a problem in my previous garden... something about this sand...

After posting the iris damage (see previous post) at facebook... one person suggested "permatill"... But the drainage is already so extreme... and just how many bags of that stuff would be needed?   I keep hoping the cats will get a better handle on these horrible little animals...


Mulberries!
I grew this tree from a little baby I wild collected... I've got plenty of babies coming up in the garden now... which I'm moving into my yard... and plan to move into the front meadow...

I didn't get a patch of poppies sowed last autumn... But I have little groups here and there anyway... I've been weeding out colours... where I have single colours in each little group...

Interesting thing, though... The blooms seem to be lasting longer in the self-sowed patches then in the patches sowed in town... where there was a big flush, and then nothing...

I suspect that the dropped seeds are dictating timing... Whereas in town... the seeds were all collected at the same time... and sowed at the same time....

I've noticed that the columbines seem to react in a similar manner...


 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 2014

Spotted this black rat snake dozing in a brush pile... Always thrilled to see my snakes...

I also watched a gopher tortoise grazing on native grasses and conyza... He totally avoided eating any blackberry leaves... Didn't have a camera in my pocket, though... Sure wanted to film it... it totally ignored me... That doesn't happen often... they usually run as fast as they can for cover...

Still trying to get seeds to come up in pots... that sand crusts, though... screens to protect the seeds didn't help much... but a bed sheet seems made to order... keeps the soil moist, keeps the birds at bay.... lets in enough light for the babies to come up...

Stachys floridana bloom. This plant can be one of the worst invasives... and still... I'm having so much difficulty growing food that it's worth a shot...


Here's the tubers... They were mighty tasty... Will see if any survive the voles now that I've planted them in the ground... these were container grown...


The voles are busily killing all of my iris...

They chewed most of the roots off this camelia... I rescued this one... but I have rootless dead stems out there in the camelia patch...

Surprisingly... the voles even chewed up this pokeweed!

The cross vine was pretty...

The mock orange seems to have peaked...

Caged hoary puccoon... This delightful native doesn't transplant...  it's growing in the veggie patch... the cage is for it's own protection...

Striped corn from Nan Ondra

 

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