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Aaron Dalton
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Partridge Pea - One of the Best (Self-Sowing) Annuals in my Garden
The bumblebees fly up into the partridge pea ( Chamaecrista fasciculata ) flowers and then vibrate with a high-pitched buzz... presumably to harvest the pollen? It's fun to observe! Pollination results in the formation of these long seedpods. When the pods ...
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A Sunflower Taller than the House!
Well, that's the way it looks in this photo šŸ˜‰ The goldfinches have feasted on these seeds. Sunflowers are cheerful bee magnets. Ā  All of the sunflowers in this post are volunteers from seeds the birds missed last year. As you can see from the photos above,...
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Slow-motion video -- bumblebee visiting anise hyssop flower spike!
Recently upgraded my cell phone (my old phone had become slow as molasses in January) and discovered that I have the ability to shoot slow-motion videos. How fun! Immediately used the option to shoot a quick vid of a bumblebee drinking nectar from the flowe...
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Some June highlights - oakleaf hydrangea, black-eyed Susan, daikon radish, golden groundsel, anise hyssop and Carefree Beauty
Oak leaf hydrangea ( Hydrangea quercifolia ) panicle fading to pink Rudbeckia hirta Ā (black-eyed Susan), first time growing this native wildflower Super impressed with the ability of daikon radish ( Raphanus sativus ) to form substantial roots on my solid c...
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Epimedium Bounces Back
Remember last month when the newly emergingĀ  EpimediumĀ  xĀ  perralchicumĀ  'Frohnleiten' Ā was eaten to the ground by some herbivore (probably a rabbit)? Well, it's fine now. Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten'Ā has bounced back and looks great as usual. Her...
Epimedium Bounces Back
Epimedium Bounces Back
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The Perils of Mail Order
It's hard to see this wax myrtle ( Morella cerifera ) against the mulch right? That's because this tiny mail order plant never leafed out. Over the years, I've resigned myself to buying a lot of the plants for my garden via mail order. It's simply impossibl...
The Perils of Mail Order
The Perils of Mail Order
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Star of Bethlehem is no Spring Beauty!
Don't get too excited. This is not the spring beauty you've been looking for. I'll admit it -- I was kind of excited when I saw what looked like a new white wildflower pop up a couple places on the property this spring - one clump in a garden bed beneath a ...
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This Ain't Arizona, Y'all!
Cupressus arizona Ā (Arizona cypress), not in its natural habitat Well, if this is not Arizona, then why on Earth did I plant an Arizona cypress ( Cupressus arizonica )?! Even though most of my plant purchases are well-researched, I still sometimes succumb t...
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Blue Mistflower - Love It or Fear It?
Blue mistflower ( Conoclinium coelestinium ). Last year, this started as just a tiny quart-size plant. This year, it's on the march! As with other fast-spreading yet herbaceous perennials (e.g., mountain mint), I'm not quite sure about the best way to useĀ  ...
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Lots of Milkweed, Lots of Monarchs!
Very excited to see lots of monarch butterfly caterpillars - more than ever before - on the various milkweeds growing in the garden this year! Monarch cats on Asclepias viridis Ā (spider milkweed) Monarch cat on Asclepias incarnata (rose milkweed) Monarch ca...
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