Friday, June 18, 2010
'All American Chief'.
Missed the name on this one, but it's very spidery.
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Isn't it sweet? They still feel the same way about each other they did 12 seconds ago.....only more.
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I'm somewhat surprised the Rudbeckia hasn't put on more size; they'be grown into solid little plants but are being outpaced by the Lovegrass and Kalimeris. And the weeds are taking advantage of a cultivated planting bed, as weeds will do. Fortunately most of these perennials are weeds themselves and once they get a leg up, can hold their own against most competition. Karen Lucas arrived as I was pulling a few weeds and stopped for a minute. She's organized a "weeding party" for this Saturday. It ought to be simple hoeing except that I did see a bit of wiregrass.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:36 AM
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Everything I read about Canadian (American) Germander suggests that it likes moist habitats. Apparently the same superabundance of rain that has made this such a wonderful year for Hydrangeas has tipped the scales to the point a hydrophil can dominate what's usually a dryish environment.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:06 PM
Amanda, properly suited up, ready to spray herbicide on the recently germinated weeds of China Valley
Posted by ChrisU at 2:48 PM
Sue mentioned this plant this morning, and the fact that she was set to mow it down. I took one look, grabbed my shovel and dug it; it was less than two feet tall. I got the entire root system and the plant was out of the ground for less than 4 minutes, but still it was quite unhappy by the end of the day. It's just a beautiful plant.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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
Research Intern Tera Roach patiently removing Box Huckleberry, Gaylussacia brachycera, seeds from the berries
The Research Unit has been working with Box Huckleberry for a few years. I vaguely remember an intern presentation who did DNA work on our plants explaining what a limited number of clones there were.. Anyway this spring, Research put different clones in a greenhouse with pollinators and now there seem to be seeds so apparently they committed genetic recombination. Good for FNPRU/DC.
I like Box Huckleberry as a native groundcover for dry shade. I put a plant into the courtyard garden at Beltsville Library and it seems to be tolerating the invasive roots of the Black Birch satisfactorily. I hope it does work out because another native groundcover would be a good thing, especially a shade tolerant low evergreen
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Monday, June 14, 2010
The Theme Gardens are aligned around the inside perimeter of a circular space. The circle is enclosed by Buxus which is in turn enclosed by large 'Natchez' Crape Myrtles. The effect of the design is that the theme beds tend, much of the day, to be lit by direct sun with dark shade as a background, a great light for displaying texture or color.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:43 PM
The Black Widow Spider isn't really on Pat's shirt; it's suspended by its own silk thread about a foot away from him
Posted by ChrisU at 2:24 PM