Friday, August 28, 2009

August Wildflowers

I have been out taking photographs of Wildflowers, here is what is blooming lately..

Hedge bindweed or Convolvulus sepium, at first glace you think my what a beautiful bloom, then you may notice that it's foliage is hopelessly wound around something. This one was climbing up a compost pile.

Jewelweed or Impatiens capensis, this plant is also called the Spotted Touch Me Not. The ripe seedpods can explode when touched throwing seeds in all directions. We gave this plant a little haircut..and harvested some of the stalks for relatives that have Poison Ivy. The sap inside the stalk soothes the itching and helps to promote healing.

Hedge Nettle or Stachys palustris which is also called Common Woundwart, it is said to have been used to heal wounds.

Prairie Onion or Allium stellatum a true onion that is native to Minnesota. Tip your head to the side to view this one..blogger is being a pain in the neck again.

Butter-And-Eggs or Linaria vulgaris. This plant is a pain in the butt, I find it very invasive. It grows very happily in my wildflower gardens. The huge Sphinx moth the one that looks like a hummingbird really likes this plant. It may be the only redeeming quality of this plant.

The Asters are just coming into bloom..a sure sign that Fall will be here soon..maybe it is already. We have pretty much had a non summer. Now if that means we will have a non winter..I am all for that! :)

11 comments:

  1. Good afternoon Connie. Love your photos of the wildflowers. It is interesting to know the medicinal characteristics of various plants and how they might have been used prior to modern medicine.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the wildflower info. Is the first one related to the morning glory? I know some people consider morning glory to be a nuisance plant. I have a hard time controlling mine. It is wound over my trellis and fence. I fight it to keep in control.

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  3. I love the beauty of wildflowers, but mostly not in my yard. Bindweed has made great inroads this year because I am afraid of chemicals. I think I need to get over it. Soon!

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  4. Fun to see the different flowers and read about their uses. Wish you were here to ramble around with me and identify some of the blooms in our woods near the creek. Chance would have a grand time!

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  5. How pretty. The first one looks almost like Morning Glory.
    Sunny :)

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  6. You are one up on me! I can't tell one wild flower from the next!

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  7. Love all those shots! Especially those egg-yolk-like flowers in the last photo.

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  8. The first one is in the Morning glory family:)

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  9. lovely pictures. morning glories and their kin have stems like steel cords! i love the big blue ones, but those aren't the ones that reseed....the small purple ones do, and when they come back they don't always bloom. they just crawl everywhere, strangling everything.

    but i can't hate them. because when they do bloom, they're lovely.

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  10. Now I know what they're called! Love wildflowers too!

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  11. We have Hummingbird moths here too. The first time I saw one it scared me to death! (I'm a sissy remember) I took some pictures of a tree last week that I cannot identify. I would like to find one for my yard. I'll try to post it on my photo blog and maybe you will know what it is :) We brought seeds home from one of the pods - who knows, maybe we can grow something!

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie