Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ipomopsis rubra: I know it's summer because:
1. The red-flowered perennials are flowering. Ipomopsis rubra and Monarda didyma.
2. The Crape myrtles are flowering.
3. 85% of the last 25 day the temperature has reached 88F.
4. Fields are turning from green to yellow.
5. I found a 2 1/2 foor Mulberry weed, Fatoua villosa.
6. Pokeweed is flowering.
7. Interns are here.
8. The picture boxes in the weather forecast show showers every day but they usually mean a 10% chance.
9. Fruits are forming everywhere.
10.The yellow composites are flowering in the Fern Valley Meadow and Prairie
While some of these things are usual for mid-June, I think it's fair to say that we're still a couple of weeks ahead of where we would have expected to have been on June 15.
The Ipomopsis is flowering in the Fern Valley Coastal Plain section. I think these are plants that came from seed we collected in Bibb County Alabama. Bright red flowers and ferny foliage...I like it. It's a plant that's grown more commonly farther south, but I think maybe with good siting and Zone Creep, we could at least give it a try here in the DC area. It's either a short-lived perennial or a biennial. If you google it you will find pictures of huge clumps, many of them in Texas. These plants went out last year so a least they're winter hardy; we'll have to watch and see how it goes from here.
Posted by ChrisU at 5:23 PM