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

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Thoreau for your Sunday…

Methinks the reflections are never purer and more distinct than now as the season of the fall of the leaf, just before the cool twilight has come, when the air has a finer grain. just as our mental reflections are more distinct at this season of the year, when the evenings grow cool and lengthen and our winter evenings with their brighter fires may be said to begin. October 17,1858.

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pic by td-thanks for stopping by today!

It’s that time…

The time is for pods-the plants seed vessel.In her book'”Pods-Wildflowers and Weeds in their Final Beauty”, Jane Embertson describes wildflowers/weeds in the pod stage as being in their final beauty that is a result of ‘restrained elegance” or subtle beauty. She noted that as the season went to fall, the plant’s flower changed into a seedpod that the plant changed into another form of beauty. A beauty that was that was new and worthy of praise.

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My star thistle turning into it’s final beauty as it was in the process of sending out more seeds. I say turning as in the plant was still vibrant but some seed pods had began the transformation. You can see the flowers, new pod, old pod all at the same time.More to come. Pic by td-thanks for reading about our plant world.Also many thanks to Jane Embertson!

 

Thoreau for your Sunday…I am the autumnal sun…

Sometimes a mortal feels in himself Nature — not his Father but his Mother stirs within him, and he becomes immortal with her immortality.
From time to time she claims kindredship with us, and some globule from her veins steals up into our own.
I am the autumnal sun, With autumn gales my race is run; When will the hazel put forth its flowers, Or the grape ripen under my bowers? When will the harvest or the hunter’s moon Turn my midnight into mid-noon? I am all sere and yellow, And to my core mellow.
The mast is dropping within my woods, The winter is lurking within my moods, And the rustling of the withered leaf Is the constant music of my grief.

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pic by td-thanks andĀ  Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

Thoreau for your Friday…

A great part of the pine-needles have just fallen. See the carpet of pale-brown needles under this pine. How light it lies upon the grass, and that great rock, and the wall, resting thick on its top and its shelves, and on the bushes and underwood, hanging lightly! They are not yet flat and reddish , but a more delicate pale brown, and lie up light as joggle-sticks, just dropped… How beautifully they die, making cheerfully their annual contributionĀ  to the soil,-October 16,1857.

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pic by td-thanks for stopping today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloth of gold…

The goldenrod-Solidago canadensis-dots the landscape of the U.S. this time of year and is maxing out in my area, showing up from late summer to early fall.While gold is the common color-140 species-one can find other color as well that blanket the landscape. The silverrod or white goldenrod can be seen in my local and other colors are blue or purple. As the norm the weed can be found in meadows,prairies,bogs, and all over-especially the N. E. The goldenrod gets a bum rap for causing allergies but the plant is pollinated by insects not the wind like ragweed and it serves as a diner for many bees,flies,beetles,goldfinches-go figure here-just to name a few. As with many weeds, the goldenrod has and is used for human consumption. Ediblewildfoods.com states that teas can be brewed from the leaves as well as cooked for greens. A rugged weed for sure as it is one of the first plants to blanket it’s cloth of gold after a forest fire.

 

 

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pic by td-thanks to http://www.ebiblewildweeds.com, motherearthliving.com. and ‘Suburban Wildflowers” -Headstrom. Thanks for reading!