Saturday, August 19, 2017

Don's Blog Trip of a Lifetime 8-19-17

Monday after the eclipse I am going on a voyage through the fabled North West Passage. Since the early 90's I have gone on many arctic canoe expeditions with my son Lee. Several including the the Coppermine and Horton Rivers have ended at the Arctic Ocean. I will be going with a friend, Dan West, on an expedition ship, Le Boreal,
from Greenland through the NWP to Nome, Alaska. We will be able to take zodiac rafts to the tundra and be able to hike and explore.
I am more than excited to be able to see The Land from the ocean side. As you can see the trip spans the continent.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Flower fir the Day - My Flower for the Day 8-18-17

videoThis is my Flower for the Day. We were married 56 years ago this afternoon
in St Louis. What was she thinking?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flower for the Day Brown Eyed Susans 8-16-17

There is nothing more pleasing and comforting than a healthy stand of brown eyed susans.

You can count on them.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Flower for the Day Surprise Lily 8-14-17

Surprise lilies have bloomed for the last 2 weeks. We usually miss them as we are in Colorado at 
bloom time. We got to stay home this year and they are a treat. They are also called magic lilies an
naked ladies.

Lycoris squamigera  is in the amaryllis family. I think it deserves a more ethereal name.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flower for the Day Verbena 8-9-17

This is my current all-time favorite. Verbena is a very old plant.It has been associated with 
divine supernatural forces.In ancient Egypt it was called "tears of isis".In ancient Greece it was
dedicated to Eos Erigineia, goddess of the dawn.
I like how it swings on a long stalk in the wind and sends it volunteers throughout the garden.

Flower for the Day Verbena 8-9-17

This is my current all-time favorite. Verbena is a very old plant.It has been associated with 
divine supernatural forces.In ancient Egypt it was called "tears of isis".In ancient Greece it was
dedicated to Eos Erigineia, goddess of the dawn.
I like how it swings on a long stalk in the wind and sends it volunteers throughout the garden.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Flower for the Day Milk Weed 8-8-17

This milk weed is a volunteer in one of the field circles. The butterflies love it.

Can you name the bug? 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Don's Blog Fun at the Lake 8-4-17

Its always an adventure at the lake. Recently I hung up our elderly hammock for Jan as 
I had done for many years. Unfortunately she said, "It didn't hold me."  The worn out rope 
broke and down she went surprising her  and injuring her beautiful bottom. I had not tested it.
Not good.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Flower for the Day 8-2-17 Ginger

Here are some ginger plants that were a gift from a friend form Honolulu.
They wintered inside. The question is whether they will bloom. We shall see.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Flower for the Day Ironweed 8-1-17

Ironweed (Vernoniae) is a beautiful purple color and you know 
I am partial to purple. Sometimes I feel empurpled.

Pithy Empurpled Writing

Magniloquent words of an empurpled writer. Where lofty, yet showily expressed words make details brighter. Concise, rhetorically composed words made solely for an effect. Causing pithy comments to draw a picture, for readers to connect. The complexion and pigment of colorful words then meld into a spectral light. Blended with the authors passion for the topic, causing both to ignite. .... Smooth white sands blow across the dune Distant notes from a banjo floats into a tune. Ancient ironweed graces the desert with vibrant color As sunset beckons for twilight to be evenings romantic caller. Beach peas and daisies grow between cliffs of living stone Stand embellished fig trees on seeded winds were flown. ..... Written with a shimmer of color floating on an iridescent feather. Titillates the plateau of ones senses on aromatic breezes of white heather. first three have definitions to words in each stanza center three stanza's and last are examples of expression relative to the first three. Carole Cookie Arnold 2009

Monday, July 31, 2017

Flower for the Day Aster 7-31-17

This is an interesting phenomenon. There are several stands of asters
which have begun blooming almost 2 months early.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Flower for the Day Calla Lily 7-27-17

I think the Calla Lily is a combination of peaceful voluptuous beauty. I marvel at its ability
to calm my soul.

Botanically Zantedeschia aethiopica is interesting in that its "petals" form a spathe which surrounds an anthurium-like spike called a spadix which bears tiny flowers. The external presentation is so breathtaking that I never get around to looking inside the sheath.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Don's Blog Who's been eating my host 7-27-17

One night it was there and the next day it looked like it had been weed whacked.

Someone has been treating this as salad. A look in the field showed some evidence.

And finally this afternoon we find the culprits.

They won this time.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily VI 7-26-17

The really last of the oriental lilys came up this week. Nothing like a late bloomer.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mystery Flower

The Mystery Floweri s a misnomer. A majority of folks 
identified the purple flower as a gladiolus or sword lily.
We planted a nice crop of bulbs this spring and they are just beginning to pop.  


 A bunch of glads, 
certainly highly emblematic of creation, 
remote from frills of working blossom with hope of fruit: 
slow, durable, placid, generous, sure of kingly dreams.

Gottfried Benn

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flower for the Day Mystery Flower 7-21-17

Todays flower is a mystery. Let me know what you think it is.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Flower for the Day CleomeCelebration 7-14-17

Here is a huge cleome to celebrate the successful removal of my stent after 
laser endoscopic removal of 2 ureteral stones. 

For botanists this species is of interest as its members show  progression from C3 photosynthesis to
C4 photosynthesis. C3 photosynthesis is the major of 3 metabolic pathways for carbon fixation in plants.  These plants can take CO2 from the air and change it into a three carbon sugars but the process is inefficient.. In C4 photosynthesis plants take more CO2 out of the air and efficiently produce 4 carbon sugars. I am not sure where cleome stands in the process.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flower for the Day Tiger Lily 7-12-17

This tiger lily  is the last of the oriental lily. It is wonderful to
look at but I have always had difficulty taking a great in situ image.
These have some sort of white fungus on the leaves.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Flower for the Day Blackberry Lily 7-11-17

I have a very nice stand of blackberry lilies in the side garden.

They have very striking flower heads and are in the iris family. 
I like that they are invasive.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Flower for he Day Last Day Lily 7-10-17

This is the last of a great year for day lilies. They will keep coming up intermittently for a week or so more.
I love this deep red.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Flower for the Day Purple Coneflower 7-5-17

This has been an exceptional year for purple coneflowers. They are coming up healthy and in great profusion.

Purple Coneflowers [4/9/2013]

Soaring high above pine green forests
magnificent hawk hunts for prey,

clouds soften sun's blazing eye,
grasses flow together.

Sharing cover for field mouse,

under blossoms of coneflower.
Purple, black fashion setting the style.

Peaceful hues cover

field of dreamy wildflowers,
crickets start night song.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Flower for the Day Trumpet Vine 6-28-17

We have had trumpet vine by our hot tub for many years.

As soon as I stopped cutting it back in the fall it started blooming like crazy.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Flower for the Day Crown Beard

Crown beard is in the daisy family and grows prolifically in the wildflower garden.

It is a messy flower but grows strong and tall.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Flower for the Day Monarda 6-23-14

I have several large stands of Monarda. 

It is also called bee balm.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flower for the Day Concord Grape Arbor 6-23-17

A little frustration with the natural order today. Last night when I turned in
I had the most magnificent stand of multicolored day lilies imaginable. This morning
they were all gone - our deer population is Out of Control.

I need to take a break from flowers and show you what you can do with your old dog cage. Some years ago
my brother-in-law Bill arrived with two small grape plants as a gift. We planted them by our dog cage as were were between dogs (and still are). Here is where we are now.

This is the best crop so far.

What should we do with them?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Flower for the Day Day Lily IV 6-22-17

Despite the extraordinary colors and shapes of the day lily hybrids I still like the old fashioned 
standard day lily. This plant is almost 40 years old.

But the hybrids do get my attention.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Flower for the Day Downy Wood Mint 6-20

Downy wood mint (Blephillia ciliata) showed up in my front garden unannounced several years ago.

It is an herbaceous perennial in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is also called Ohio horsemint, sunny woodman, and down pagoda plant. Carl Linnaeus called this Monada ciliata before George Bentham gave it its current binomial name.

Interestingly it arose in an area where a  monarda (bee balm) plant had disappeared.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Flower for the Day Day Lily III 6-19-17

Day lilies abound.  Jan pointed out that when a stem of these flowers are cut and brought inside,
even though the initial blossom only lasts one day, the other buds will continue to bloom as the days go by.