Sunday, June 30, 2013

Snow in June?

Well the shrub the old timers call Minnesota Snowball is blooming.

Minnesota Snowball

It is really called Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ some people call it European Snowball.  It is a very old plant.  Mine is lucky to get a half a dozen blooms, it is on the edge of the woods in a “too shady” area.

Look at this field..for a moment your eyes can be easily fooled.Field of Daisies

Daisies swaying in the breeze

Thousands of Ox-eye Daisies..blooming their hearts out.  It was windy..I might go back to this spot soon on a less windy day.

Ox Eye daisy

Awfully pretty for a noxious weed wildflower.  I just went and checked and it no longer appears on Minnesota’s noxious weed list. So wildflower it is!

Goodbye June..you sure were a rainy month.  I think we made up the rain deficit, and more than filled up the mosquito breeding areas. I am not seeing many bees..just a few. No flies yet and very few butterflies.  I am seeing a large dragon fly hatch..they help out with the mosquitoes.  The bat house remains uninhabited however there are bats that fly through the yard just before dark probably eating their weight in skeeters.  The squirrels have become ravenous again this past week…they must be having another batch of babies.  The Bluebirds are busy feeding their babies.  I have startled them several times while walking through the wild gardens. The weather finally turned warm ..in the 80’s this past week…warm and humid. It cools off nicely overnight into the 50’s:)

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17 comments:

  1. I love the field of daisies and the snowball bush. We've had a rainy month, too.

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  2. Field of dreams - that's how I would describe it. My all time wild flower is the daisy. That field is beautiful.

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  3. Those are wonderful pictures!

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  4. Summer and daisies go well together. I hope you have time to go back and explore the field and take more photos. Enjoy!

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  5. We have an old snowball bush too, that is too much in the shade. it's bloom time is long passed here, but the ox eye daisies are still abloom along the roadsides. i love them.

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  6. It is a beautiful wild flower, if that is what it is. A weed I will never call it. I have a few wild blooming plants in my orchard area and plan not to take them down. Yes, we are saying good by to June also, glad to have survived it and all that happened. July will be better I know. Have a good day and I hope you get alot of stuff going that will eat those skeeters.

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  7. The wildflower daisy field is beautiful!

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  8. Idyllic.... well, maybe not the 'skeeters!

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  9. I laughed to imagine bats eating their weight in skeeters. That's a great image. Love the snowballs and daisies. :-)

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  10. Love the photographs. Now we are back in Britain I am hoping that there is some sun here in the coming month. I rather got used to it in California.

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  11. Love the field of daisies. Not too many bees or butterflies here either. And the flies haven't been bad yet; but the mosquitoes are huge. Hoping for some sunshine for a few days.

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  12. The same thing has happened here with the Ox eyed daisy....off the weed act. However it is still a very nasty invasive species.

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  13. I love your update on the various forms of wildlife, including the daisies. We evicted the few bats that were living in a tiny space in our attic...maybe we should invite them back to take care of this season's big mosquito crop!

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  14. We lost our old fashioned snowball years ago. We have Grandma's hydrangea.

    Loving those wild flowers.

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  15. Fortunately, we have a lot of dragonflies around here, too.
    My mom had a snowball bush at one of the houses we lived at when I was growing up.
    We moved a lot though. I don't know what happened to it.
    I think my brother may have one now.
    Hope you all have a great week, Connie. ♥

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  16. I did not know there was a noxious weed list in Minnesota. Those are way too pretty to be on that list. Glad they came to their senses. ;)
    I would imagine we will have a huge influx of mosquitoes this year. We've been running about ten degrees higher than you have been over your way. We were running around 90 and 60s at night. Let's hope the deluge of rain has let up finally. Enjoy the summer.

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  17. I love your snow in Summer post! I, too, have some noxious weeds I like. Of course I like them when they are not in my yard or on the fields. :)

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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