Saturday, May 29, 2010
But since irises usually do not bloom for a year once transplanted, I did not get to enjoy any blooms when the Spring of 2009 came around. So I waited patiently for another year to go by, and now finally, three seasons later, I finally have blooms! I had forgotten just how beautiful the blue-purple color of these flowers were.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
After living through so many storms in Florida, I have come to hate the wind. A gentle breeze is ok, but I have experienced more high winds in Minnesota than I thought was possible. Oh, and the humidity that followed was also not a welcome addition. Maybe we should call this state, Florisota instead? Minneorda?
Friday, May 21, 2010
Here's another yellow Minnesota wildflower that likes moist areas and is prolific around streams in the early spring time. Marsh Marigold is a member of the buttercup family and is best identified by the bright yellow flowers that mound above round basal leaves. Each yellow flower can have between 5-9 petals. I found hundreds of these plants at Nerstrand State Park this spring, all growing along the creeks that fed into the Hidden Falls waterfall area.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
If you read my garden blog, then you know that I love to photograph flowers and wildlife, pretty much anything in the Minnesota landscape. This spring has been great for catching wildflowers.
I found this lovely yellow wildflower, a Swamp Buttercup, in one of the state parks a few weeks back. It grows on erect stalks above the "sharp" edged leaves and has five roundish petals. As the name suggests, it likes water and can be found most readily in wet soil, shady areas, woods, and meadows.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Jack in the Pulpit
Probably one of my favorite spring Minnesota Wildflowers because it is not like any other "flower" and can easily be overlooked when walking through the woods. I always find them at the edge of trails and wooded shady areas. I have only seen them 1-2 feet tall.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
- Peony, Coral Charm
- Peony, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Azalea, Mandarin Lights
- Yarrow, Paprika
- Foxglove, Candy Mountain
- Delphinium, Pagan Purples
- Delphinium, Black Night
- Butterfly Weed
- Coneflower, Purple
- Coneflower, Ruby Star
- Coneflower, Primadonna Deep Rose
- Phlox, David
- Blazing Star, Purple
- Blazing Star, Meadow
- Blazing Star, Button
- Butterfly Bush, Argentea
- Monarda, Jacob Cline
- Astilbe, Ostrich Plume
- Astilbe, Taquetti
- Coreopsis, Moonbeam
- Verbena, Brazilian
- Aster, Alma Potschke
- Joe Pye Weed, Wild
- Joe Pye Weed, Sweet
- Queen of the Prairie
Some of them I bought multiples of, as many are going in my church's butterfly garden which I have volunteered to take over.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I was able to cover up my vegetables, bleeding heart, peonies, and many other plants that were tender with new leaves and they look to have pulled through. But my Chocolate Joe Pye Weed got hit, as well as some of the astilbe and sedum leaves. Tomorrow I will have to see if there is any further late appearing damage. Next time, I need to get some more sheets!
Friday, May 7, 2010
I got my wrist band at 8:30am, which they start giving away at 8 am, and I still had 13 groups of people ahead of me. So I waited until they opened at 11:00, thankfully under the umbrella I bought, and watched the crowd get bigger and bigger. By the time I got in, the building was swamped, and of course groups behind me kept coming in as well. Needless to say, they need to space the groups out better. At times, I was like a car in Los Angeles traffic, stopped in my tracks with no one moving to let people through. What's the purpose of coming early with congestion like that?
Oh, well. I experienced it at least.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I happened upon this delicate flower last week as I was walking along a hiking trail in Nerstrand State Park. I have never seen this Minnesota Wildflower before, and found out when I researched it that its name is Early Meadow Rue. A week later, I was back in the park, and the wildflowers were spent, so it doesn't last long. The flowers are so small they are easy to miss.
Monday, May 3, 2010
- Friends School Plant Sale at the Minnesota State Fair, May 7-9
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Sale, May 8-9
- Dakota County Master Gardeners Sale, May 15
- Hennepin County Master Gardeners Sale, May 22