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!
pic by td-thanks to illinoiswildflower.info for help-thanks for the stop!Happy Sunday.
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.
pics by td-thanks to ipm.missouri.edu and ediblewildfood.com for help.thanks for reading.Happy Monday!
A Spring Beauty-Claytonia virginca-is a wildflower common to eastern N.A.It is a small,low growing plant with star-like white/pink flowers.Foliage continues to grow after it blooms reaching maybe a foot(.31m) as it goes dormant in late spring.While it is growing,the wildflower can be harvested as a food source like a potato or radish.Get it while it is still a “beauty”.
pic by td-thanks to The Nature Conservancy for info-thanks for stopping by!
The pods-weeds final beauty-are the container for the seeds so they can grow more weeds.Just basic science here.In the spotlight is the cat-tail-Typha angustifolia-that blooms May-July growing up to 5′ tall(1.5m).The yellow male spikes are separated by short gaps from the green female spikes.Also the leaves are long and blade like.You will find the cat-tails in marshes,shallow water,ditches,where ever the earth needs some anchor.The cattails been used by our colonists and our Native Indians and have used for food.The list goes on for it’s benefits.The pods should be picked as soon as the pollen bloom disappears and clean tip remains.As with many pods they can be crafted into nice arrangements.
pic by td-Help from “Pods”-Embertson and “Roadside plants and Flowers”-Edsall.
Pampas grass-Cortaderia selloana-in this pic is holding down the marsh area.You can see this plant used as decor in the neighbor’s yard.It blooms into the fall and the blooms can be cut and dried for decorations-pods.
Speaking of pods-the plants capsule of seeds-here is a pic of my honey vine milkweed-Ampelamus albidus-is a true milkweed and a host for Monarch butterfly and a lot of bees.The plant produces a large amount of pollen and is a magnet for the bees and thus more vines.The fragrance is subtle but powerful in the summer breeze.This plant established itself last year and took off this summer.I know it can be an opportunity in ag crops but I just love this weed.It has an extensive root system and the pod s ensure more will be on the way.I saw some cool butterflies stop to visit but no Monarchs.
Easy does it here-field daisy,white weed,midsummer daisy,poverty weed-you call it and it’s yours.It is all over the place.Real fast:chrysanthemum leucanthemum L.-daisy-like flowers w/ white ray florets,native to Europe,perennial reproducing by seeds and rhizomes.Problematic in pastures and is a host for plant viruses.”He loves me,he loves me not,he loves me”
All pics by td-research from :Weeds of North America-Dickinson/Royer;Suburban Wildflowers-Heasdtrom;bellarmine.edu.
The mixed summer seeds were only 4 paks for a dollar earlier this summer at the-you guessed it-‘dollar store”.I like to get multiple packs of seeds to plant just to see what turns up-it’s that wildness thing I learned from H.D.T.Well this morning I was going down the steps to have coffee under my canopy-the locust tree-when I saw this beautiful little flower strutting her stuff in the morning sun.It made my day!I have no idea what it’s species is called but I really don’t care.Sometimes I think we try to over analyze every thing-just enjoy the day!
pic by td- feel free to identify!Emerson said the Earth laughs in flowers.
I going old school with these weeds and keeping it simple-you all know the Thoreau quote!These two weeds have been in my brain’s library since me and my brother ‘cut weeds out of beans” in my sister’s-affectionately known as MD-farm in the mid 60’s.Now this was before Round Up and when farmers cultivated their fields.Also better known as the mechanical method to rid the fields-soybeans that is-of weeds.Anyway we loved the job-no kidding!One of the weeds that invaded the beans was “button weed”.Also known as Velvetleaf-Abutilon theophrasti-that was introduced in the U.S. in the 1750 or so as a fiber crop.It is an annual producing 17,000 seeds!It is all over the place..We now we have another weed that invaded the bean field-hey we used hoes to cut the weeds-MD used a corn knife!She did not mess around.Some of the rows were .75 miles long by the way!Oh back to the weed.It was the Smartweed-polygonum pensylvanicum-that I remember as another bothersome weed in the beans.There are 200 species of this weed and the wildlife use it as a food source and the name comes from the juice which causes ‘smarting”.Thanks to my sister MD who is my weed mentor to this day-still livin’ on the farm-love ya!
pic by td-the button weed is in my tomato patch-container-and the smartweed is in my mint patch-hey I am serious when i say I let weeds grow!Research from Weeds-A Golden Book and Weeds of North America.
Two weeds for your Tuesday:
Toadflax-CLinaria vulgaris Hill-also called butter and eggs among others-is a yellow flower with a spur coming to America in the 1800’s.It is a perennial advancing by seed and rhizomes with 9000 seeds airborne.
Bull thistle-Cirsium vulgare(Savi)-has a lot of names meaning it is all over the place.It’s origin is is Europe,Asia,N. Africa.It is a very large producer of seeds-400 per plant!.Bull thistle is found in waste places and fence rows.
pic by td-both weeds from ‘waste places/disturbed areas”As Richard Maybe says these plants will cover the planet where man can not.
Slow weed day here at tim’s weed patch,but this weed is in my face.The weed today in study is not far from my weed patch(tim’s weed patch1.0).It is the Giant Foxtail-setaria faberi-that is growing in my neighbor’s yard.Native to China and that area, foxtail came to the U.S. in the 1920’s probably in grain shipments.It is wide spread and is found in sunny areas and is resistant to drought growing up to 5′ tall.Giant foxtail is a summer annual reproducing by seeds and there are a lot.This lends it to an invasive species-growing and reproducing rapidly causing major disturbance to the local ecology.Also be aware of dogs/cats getting into the foxtail patch-not a good mix.The seeds can get into their skin and eyes that can produce fatal conditions.
pic by td;research from illinoiswildflowers.com;invasive.org;pets.webmd.com
Early in the morning I worked barefooted…but later in the day the sun blistered my feet.There the sun lighted my me to hoe beans,pacing slowly backward and forward over that yellow gravely upland….Removing the weeds, putting fresh soil about the bean stems, and encouraging this weed which I had sown…making the earth say beans instead of grass-this was my daily work.The Bean Field-Walden-1854
pics by td(at least 1 bean anyway)-yes that is the family cat-Angel-we love her!