Wildflower Sunday…

One of my favorite little flowers-I have a lot I know-is the wild geranium(Geranium maculatum).This pretty little plant/flower has 5 rounded pink to lavender flowers with 3-7 leaves that are deeply lobed.It is basically a shade plant growing .3-.8 m(1-2.5 ft.) that blooms now till early summer.The wild geranium spreads by rhizomes  and becomes bushy.While this plant is in tim’s weed patch 1.0, you can find it in flood planes,woodland areas,and meadows.Bees-where you can find them-and moths like them along with deer and chipmunks.Wild geraniums are just a welcome site each spring!

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pic by td-thanks to illinoiswildflower.info for help-thanks for the stop!Happy Sunday.

 

 

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Thoreau for your Sunday…

He is richest who has most use for nature as raw material of tropes and symbols with which to describe life. If these gates of golden willows affect me, they correspond to the beauty and promise of some experience on which I am entering. If I am overflowing with life, am rich in experience for which I lack expression, then nature will be my language fill of poetry,-all nature will fable, and every phenomenon be a myth.Journal May 10,1853.

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pic by td-thanks for stopping by today!

Common ag weed…

Field pennycress-Thlaspi arvense-(cabbage family)is also known as stink weed(ya it does stink),fan weed,and french weed.The weed is considered either a winter or summer annuals that can grow up to .9m(3′) in fertile soil but most likely less than .6m(2′).The leaves are toothed with pointed leaves and the small white flowers are in clusters.The flowers can produce 20,000 seeds per plant. Stink weed is native to Eurasia-found in all of the U.S. and with distribution on 5 continents!You can find pennycress in the usual weed haunts:disturbed areas-one of my faves-pastures,croplands.Field pennycress may be common but as with a lot of weeds it has benefits to humans.According to ediblewildfood,com the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and is suggested to get them before they flower.As always make sure you know what you are doing here.In addition to food, the weed is being grown for bio diesel as a sub for regular diesel(bio diesel is commomly made from used cooking grease).One more-bees love the nectar for the ones that are not endangered.

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pics by td-thanks to ipm.missouri.edu and ediblewildfood.com for help.thanks for reading.Happy Monday!

More than weeds at tim’s weed patch…

The Virginia ‘Bluebells”-Mertensia virginica-dot the woodland forests,flood plains,and moist soils from March thru April growing  .3m-.6m(1-2ft) tall.They have clusters of blue to lavender trumpet shaped flowers that stand out in the prairie.Virginia bluebells are native to N.A. with 23 species in it’s genus.This spring beauty is a favorite to bees,butterflies,and deer.When bunched together they provide protection to wildlife. Also this beautiful plant can be cultivated in your garden!

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pic by td-thanks to illinoiswildflowers.info for help-thanks for stopping by today!

Thoreau for your Monday…

How silent are the footsteps of spring! there, too, where there is a fraction of the meadow, two rods over, quite bare, under the bank, in this warm recess at the head of the meadow, though the rest of the meadow is covered with snow a foot or more in depth, I was surprised to see skunk-cabbage, with it’s great spear-heads open and ready to blossom…The spring advances in spite of snow and ice, and even cold.March 30,1856.

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top pic by td-Happy Monday!-thanks for reading-td