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:
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!
We’ve got an “extra lot” which I’m attempting to reclaim from invasive privet, Japanese honeysuckle, and multiflora rose, and convert to containing mostly plants native to the area. I was real pleased to discover this Stiff Dogwood (aka Southern Swamp Dogwood) in an area I cleared all three of those plants from last spring. It started blooming about a week ago.
While I’ve been disassembling the barbed wire fence that separates that extra lot from our main lot, part of it still remains and is the support for a significant colony of Wild Potato Vine. I’m amazed at how quickly this vine grows. When they first started reaching for something to climb on, I had to redirect a couple of them to keep them out of a Rhododendron we planted a couple of years ago. I find the leaves on the young vines to be nearly as lovely as the white flowers that will show up later on this year.
I’ve got a place where I have planned to plant a vegetable garden for a couple of years now, but I’ve never found (or maybe it’s “never taken”) the time to get that done. Maybe next year… In any case, I may get some edibles from that overgrown area this year anyway, as there are some Blackberry plants that are showing some fruit. Update 05/06/2012: Embarassing – this red fruit isn’t a blackberry at all, but an Indian Strawberry (Duchesnea indica) which had pushed its fruit up thru the blackberry leaves and was positioned among the developing green blackberries.
Yes, it’s been too long since I mowed my lawn. Walking across my backyard this Buttercup is staring me in the face. Not sure of the species; perhaps Ranunculus bulbosus.
I’ve been watching this Sowthistle in a little flowerbed we’ve got down by the play fort. I’ve been hoping to catch the blossoms open, but I’m beginning to think this one doesn’t open… I like the sparkles of dew in the tufts of the seedhead. That’s one of the plants in my stand of Goldenrod out of focus behind the sowthistle – my wife isn’t real appreciative of my Goldenrod stand. Sorry, Babe!
I actually had gone down to the flower bed check out the clump of Blue-eyed Grass I had discovered growing beside the Goldenrod, but when I bent over to check on the little blue flecks at the end of the sprawling stems, I spotted a slug chowing down on a nearby plant. I spent some quality time with this fellow (Fellow? How would I know?), but that’s a story for another post.