Monday, August 29, 2011
I've tried before with morning glories but had no success. For years the wisteria didn't seem like much of a success, either. It grew but never blossomed. Then at last it had flowers--but way up by the roof of the barn, not on the trellis provided for it. Okay, wisteria leaves and blossoms on high, bare trellis below--I thought I'd try morning glories once again.
This year I scarified and soaked the seeds, gave them plenty of good compost to grow in, and watered them on a daily basis. At last! Morning glories!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Spectacular or mundane, I love it all--
Keep your oceans and mountains. Leave me my dusty, weed-edged roads and quietly productive fields.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Audubon to the rescue! It is not in the composite (aster) family but in the pea family. Each of what looks like a petal is actually a tiny flower. "This is one of the most widespread of the perennial Prairie Clovers, identifiable by their cone-like flower heads. An excellent range species, with high protein content. Purple Prairie Clover decreases in abundance with overgrazing." So says The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Eastern Region. This is the first year I've had purple prairie clover in my meadow but assume it was in the original wildflower mix I seeded some years back and only now is beginning to bloom.