Monthly Archives: April 2012

Just a Few Photos From My Yard This Morning

It was a beautiful morning today, and since I work from home on Mondays I had an extra few minutes before starting work.  I used those minutes to walk around our yard taking a few photos:

Fleabane

Fleabane

This Fleabane is growing in our yard along the sidewalk to our driveway.  I’m probably a bit negligent with mowing the lawn, and I’m not sure the patches of Fleabane I leave when I do mow are fully appreciated by others.  Thanks to my tolerant wife!

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Western Stoneseed – Lithospermum ruderale – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Western Stoneseed, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/28/2012.) Scientific name is Lithospermum ruderale.  Photo below was taken in the Boise Foothills of Ada County, ID, on June 14, 2010.   It  is also known by the common name Columbia Puccoon and Yellow Puccoon .  Go to the Western Stoneseed detail page for more information.

Western Stoneseed, Columbia Puccoon, Yellow Puccoon - Lithospermum ruderale

Western Stoneseed, Columbia Puccoon, Yellow Puccoon - Lithospermum ruderale

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Carolina Geranium – Geranium carolinianum – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Carolina Geranium, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/23/2012.) Scientific name is Geranium carolinianum.  Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA, on May 23, 2012.   It  is also known by the common name Carolina Cranesbill.  Go to the Carolina Geranium detail page for more information.

Carolina Geranium, Carolina Cranesbill - Geranium carolinianum

Carolina Geranium, Carolina Cranesbill - Geranium carolinianum

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Scarlet Gilia – Ipomopsis aggregata – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Scarlet Gilia, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/21/2012.) Scientific name is Ipomopsis aggregata.  Photo below was taken in Boise County, ID, on June 13, 2010.   It  is also known by the common names Scarlet Skyrocket, Scarlet Trumpet, and Skunk Flower.  Go to the Scarlet Gilia detail page for more information.

 

Scarlet Gilia, Scarlet Skyrocket, Scarlet Trumpet, Skunk Flower - Ipomopsis aggregata

Scarlet Gilia, Scarlet Skyrocket, Scarlet Trumpet, Skunk Flower - Ipomopsis aggregata

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Cutleaf Geranium – Geranium dissectum – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Cutleaf Geranium, an introduced species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/17/2012.) Scientific name is Geranium dissectum.  Photo below was taken in Walker County, Ga, on April 16, 2012.   It  is also known by the common name Cut-leaved Cranesbill .  Go to the Cutleaf Geranium detail page for more photos and information.

Cutleaf Geranium, Cut-leaved Cranesbill - Geranium dissectum

Cutleaf Geranium, Cut-leaved Cranesbill - Geranium dissectum

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Iris in the Morning Light

We have a colony of Iris in a drainage ditch in our yard.  We’ve been here over 30 years; the iris were there when we arrived.  I finally cleared the privet out of the ditch and surrounding area a few years back, and the irises have flourished, providing us with a lot of enjoyment each spring.  They started blooming a few days ago; this photo is from this morning just as the light reached them.

Iris in the Morning Light

Iris in the Morning Light

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Butterweed – Packera glabella – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Butterweed, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/06/2012.) Scientific name is Packera glabella.  Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA, on April 2, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Yellowtop, Cressleaf Groundsel, and Floodplain Ragwort .  Go to the Butterweed detail page for more information.

Butterweed, Yellowtop, Cressleaf Groundsel, Floodplain Ragwort - Packera glabella

Butterweed, Yellowtop, Cressleaf Groundsel, Floodplain Ragwort - Packera glabella

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I thought they only wanted blood – Wildflowers and Mosquitos

I was photographing this Butterweed (Packera glabella) for detail of the individual blossom (swatting at mosquitos that DID want my blood) when I noticed this mosquito enjoying the nectar of a nearby blossom.  I was intrigued; I didn’t know mosquitos sipped nectar.  Read the rest of the entry for a video.

Butterweed - Packera glabella by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Butterweed, Yellowtop – Packera glabella - with Asian Tiger Mosquito - Aedes albopicts

 

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Three-Parted Violet – Viola tripartita – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Three-Parted Violet, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/01/2012.) Scientific name is Viola tripartita.  Photo below was taken on Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, GA, on April 1, 2012.   It  is also known by the common names Threepart Violet, Wedge-leaf Yellow Violet.  Go to the Three-Parted Violet detail page for more information.

Three-parted Yellow Violet, Threepart Violet, Wedge-leaf Yellow Violet - Viola tripartita

Three-parted Yellow Violet, Threepart Violet, Wedge-leaf Yellow Violet – Viola tripartita

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