Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 2018 Wildflower Wednesday, a Day Late

Here is my Wildflower Wednesday post for April.  It is hosted by Gail, of Clay and Limestone.

Oh, my goodness!  Spring seems to be finally here now. The plants have responded to the cold temperatures by not coming up as early as usual.  I am tickled to see them finally growing, and look!   The Virginia bluebells are starting to bloom!  This clump has been here at least five years, and has not spread very quickly.  It looks like there is a new plant next to it in the upper right of the photo.  I am glad to see that.


I was thinking they were native here in SE Nebraska, but see they are not.  They are in near by Kansas, though.  They are a plant for shade, and will go dormant when they are finished blooming.  https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=mevi3



I had also chosen other photos that I realized I had posted on last month, but for some reason they didn't upload for the post.  Just one did.  The Virginia waterleaf sure has grown since last month!  It is also one for shade or part shade. It is native in Nebraska, and quite the spreader.  The purple blooms are pretty, but the foliage itself is also.  https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HYVI


I hope spring is going well for you!  Arthritis found my left knee this spring, so between that, and spring coming late, I am behind in gardening.  I just got the rest of last year's dead stems cut back, leaving a few inches for stem nesting bees.  Now, I need to dig up some plants for Gardening with Nature in Mind's plant share, and hoe up lots of weeds.  I hope all is well with you.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March Wildflower Wednesday.

When I took hodge podge photos for today's Wildflower Wednesday, hosted by Gail at Clay and Limestone, I had not remembered what I posted for February, so today's post is going to be quite similar.  Next month, I know there will be more to choose from, and it will be different.  One can tell there has been growth since last month, though!

I'm not sure why I chose three photos of prairie smoke geum, but I am pleased the plants in different parts of the yard are beginning to bloom. Here is a link to learn more about this plant.



A pasque flower is getting ready to open up in the background.


I don't remember whether this is one of the natives or cultivars of pasque flower I have.  I don't remember what the little plant on the left side of the photo is.  There is a closer look at it in the next photo.


It is a native ephemeral of some kind.  Do you know what it is?


I am not remembering what this is.  (I sure am using that phrase a lot!)  I wondered if it could be pussytoes, but if it is, it looks like a different kind from the one later in this post.  Do you know what it is?


The Virginia waterleaf is up now.  It is a shade plant that I keep from spreading farther than I want it to.


The short toothed mountain mints are doing well.


Here is the clump I know is pussytoes. It looks different from the other clump, with shorter leaves. I did read, though, that there are a number of varieties of this plant.  This may be field pussytoes.


Spring came a bit later this season, and we are still having more cool than warm days.  Between that, other obligations I have had, and one of my knees being in pain off and on, more on the last week, I am just starting the clean up of the flower beds.  Normally, I have had it finished by now.  I am glad to see the sedges greening up.


Wherever you are, I hope spring is going well for you, and you are enjoying some wildflowers!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February's Wildflower Wednesday

I am tickled that February is almost over, and the temperatures for this week are going to be warmer than they had been in awhile.  It was in the upper 50s Tuesday, and even though it was very windy, I was able to go outside without a coat on, and managed to get some photos taken.  This is going to be a hodge podge post for Gail's Wildflower Wednesday.

I am glad to see the prairie smoke geums coming to life.


The short toothed mountain mints are looking great.


I don't remember which kind of penstemon this is.


I have noticed this winter that my memory seems to be getting worse.  I know full well what this plant is, and I am wanting to call it a verbena of some kind, but I am not remembering for sure.  It will have clusters of lavender colored blooms in spring.


We have had a warm up since the last snow, and it is pretty much all melted now.  The flower beds look a lot different than how they did in my last post.
















There are still some seeds on the cup plant for the birds to finish if they want them.



The Heuchera richardsonii clumps are greening up.



I think wild quinines have the longest season of beauty.  They bloom pretty much all summer, and continue to look awesome in fall and winter.


I am not sure if birds eat the seeds.  I did a brief search, but did not find the information.


Illinois bundleflower is another beauty in the fall and winter.


I have been spending a bit less time on Facebook the last few days.  I am hoping to keep up with blogging a bit more.   I am excited to see the changes spring brings in different parts of the country, and for it to make it our way.  I hope things are going well with you.