More Pods=More Beauty…

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Only a plant guy could love a pod like that.The pods here are from a Queen Anne’s Lace-Daucus carota- plant holding down a ‘waste area”.The flowers are flat topped that resemble lace in a flat umbel.QAL bloom late spring til fall.The weed grows about 1+m with feathery leaves much the same as your garden carrots.In addition to waste places,QAL holds down fields.meadows,roadsides,the usual handouts.You have seen them all over I know.Notice how the flower head curls up in the pod stage.These plants can make nice arrangements with both fresh and dried flowers/pods.So many pods,so little time.Thanks for reading.Pic by td-help from ediblewildfoods.com-thanks!

More final beauty…

I like Goldenrods-Solidago spp.-because they brighten up the late summer/early fall setting when the landscape is needing color.Another quality I like is how they transform their appearance as they mature into the pod stage.They look like another species.As we have learned the pods contain the seeds for the future and transform into the plant’s final beauty.Goldenrods flower July-September while growing up to 5′(1.5m) tall with golden plumes and lance shaped leaves.We can find goldenrods in all the weed hangouts:meadows,clearings,roadsides,trails.The English grow them in their gardens.If you want the pods for crafts,pick them as soon as the blooms appear to dry them.In September they will get fuzzy and later they become seedless.

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pic by td-help from Jane Emberton’s “Pods”-thanks.

 

I should of known…

I aint’ going to lie on this. I really thought that an autumn dandelion was just a dandelion I would occasionally observe in yards this time of year.I had first read the term in Walden-shocker here! My mission -as always-is to identify weeds.I finally found it in a thicket off the trail .The fall dandelion is a little different from my symbol-the dandelion,so here goes.Also called autumn hawkbit-Leontodon autuminalis-is a member of the Asterceae family(daisy) that grows 4′-15″(10-40 cm) high with stemmed branches with single like flowers.The leaves are large toothed and is found where all weeds hang out-you know the names.The major difference from my dandelion is that the autumn weeds has branched stems with several capitiva-dense flat clusters of small flowers like a daisy.Now I know.

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pic by td-if you look at the leaves you can see where they are more large toothed and the flowers are flatter than it’s cousin.Thanks to luontoporttica.com for help.A nice site.

Three for Thursday…

This is going to be fast-so hold on…

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Common Milkweed-Asclepias syriaca L.-plants with milky juices;leaves opposite;flowers pale pink,in globe shaped clusters.While considered an invader in some circles and not good for livestock,it has been noted that we need more for our butterfly population.Namely the Monarch -which is milkweed butterfly.

 

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Field Bindweed-Convolvulus arvensis L.-stems twinning;leaves arrowhead-shaped;flowers funnel-shaped and white.Major opportunity here is that it can reduce yields in ag crops but a pretty weed!

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Chicory-cichorium intybus L.-also called blue sailors-flowers are blue-I have seen ¬†white-in headlike clusters;plants with milky juice, and roast the roots for coffee.Cool story…It is seen as inspiration for the Romantic concept of the Blue flower-blue lookout by the wayside.

Research from “Weeds of North America” and Wikipedia-pics by td

Weedy Tuesday…

Morning Glory-Ipomoea hederacea-stems twining;leaves alternate,three-to five lobed;flowers pale blue to pinkish-violet.Just a nice lookin’ weed!

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Pokeweed-Phytolacca americanna L.-this weed has many names but is found in mainly the eastern part of the U.S.-heavy in the South.The stems are red to pinkish-green;flowers white;fruit a dark purplish-black berry with crimson juice.this weed can also be found in Europe and western Asia.The juice is used as a dye.

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Yellow nutsedge-Cyperus esculentus L.-stems are tiangular in cross section;flower clusters yellow to brown;grassy looking.This weed is very productive with a plant producing 90,000 seeds.Hence it is problematic in our ag fields.30 countries report sedge as a weed.the Sedge family is huge-600 species.

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pics by td-research help from “Weeds of North America’-Dickinson/Royer.

Queen of the lake…

More specifically Queen Anne’s Lace-Daucus carota-or wild carrot or bird’s nest-is a biennial from the parsley family.A native of Europe, s/w Asia,N.A.,Australia, it is found all over the usual places a pesky weed is found.Plus it is drought resistant-shocker!In this country it is especially dense in the northwest.Now the story(there is more than one)…the legend says that the Queen Anne of England-1665 to 1714-cut her finger while cutting fabric and a drop of blood fell onto the lace-hence there is a red dot in the middle of the flower.As the norm all kinds of info where weeds were used by in the past to help mankind.The Romans ate it as a veggie and the American colonists boiled the roots-smells like carrots-and even made wine out of it-yum!You have all seen it-it grows about a meter tall and has cousins as poison hemlock and water hemlock.Oh by the way-it grows in tim’s weed patch 1.0-Shocker!

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pic by td-research from:ediblewildfoods.com and gardeningknowhow.com

Thoreau for your Wednesday…

Nature

O nature I do not aspire to be the highest in the quire,

To be a meteor in the sky or comet that may range on high.

Only a zephyr that may blow among the reeds by the river low.

Give me thy most privy place where to run my airy race.

In some withdrawn unpublic meaci let me sigh upon a reed,

or in the woods with leafy din whisper the evening in,

For I had rather be thy child and pupil in the forest `wild

Than be the king of men elsewhere and most sovereign slave of care

To have one moment of thy dawn than share the city’s year forlorn.

Some still work me to do only be it near you.Poems-Walden

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Thoreau for your Tuesday…

Each phase of nature,while not invisible,is yet not too distinct and obtrusive.It is there to be found when we look for it,but not demanding our attention.It is silent but sympathizing companion in whose company we retain most of the advantages of solitude with whom we can walk and talk, or be silent,naturally,without the necessity of talking in a strain foreign to the place.November 8,1858.230px-Henry_David_Thoreauwpid-C360_2013-09-18-15-29-40.Share_.jpg

pic by td