25% of the world’s vegetation…

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The grass family-Poaceae(5th largest)-has 8000 species world wide with widespread distribution. The main areas are prairies and savannas and can be found from the arctic to the topics. Members of the family include cereal,bamboo, grasses of natural grasslands,cultivated lawns, sugar cane and pastures. Other classifications found in the family are maize,wheat,rye,sorghum,barley, and fescues. This hard working family provides staple foods,forage,building materials, and fuel to the world.img_0922

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good looking field of corn in the “heartland” and “timothy” grass-pics by td

thanks to utulsa.edu for help

 

 

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Beekeepers File Legal Complaint Against Bayer Over Glyphosate in Honey

Bayer, which recently wrapped up its takeover of Monsanto, now owns glyphosate and its liabilities. The same day the $63 billion acquisition closed, a beekeeping cooperative in northern France filed a legal complaint against the German chemical giant after the controversial weedkiller was detected in honey produced by one of its members.
— Read on www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-honey-bayer-monsanto-2577435405.html

More Thoreau for your Monday…

How rapidly new flowers unfold! as if Nature would get through her work too soon. One has as much as he can do to observe how flowers successively unfold. It is a flowery revolution, to which but few attend. Hardly too much attention can be bestowed on flowers. We follow, we march after, the highest color; that is our flag, our standard, our “color”. Flowers were made to be seen, not overlooked. Their bright colors imply eyes, spectators. Journal-June 15, 1852.

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pic of td’s lilly’s-thanks for reading tim’s weed patch today!

A necessary weed…

Common milkweed:

Science: Asclepias syriaca, 150 species. .6-1.8m tall(2-6′), perennial

Bloom: early to mid summer, fragrant, produces a milky sap

Flowers: clusters that are pink to purple

Habitat: prairies, lake shores, thickets, pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas with wide distribution in the U.S.

Faunal: food for many insects-bees, flies,butterflies. The caterpillar of the monarch butterfly feed on the foliage of the plant-used as a host-exclusively. In other words they can not survive with out the milkweed and then they need the plant to lay their eggs.

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thanks to the following for research:

https://monarchjointventure.org/get-involved/create-habitat-for-monarchs

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/cm_milkweed.htm

pic by td-thanks for reading tim’s weed patch today!