This is all that's left of my marsh marigold flowers (Caltha palustris) that bloomed at the end of April. They are beautiful at this stage too, don't you think?
Friday, June 30, 2023
Thursday, June 29, 2023
I found a small round blob of 'jelly' floating in my tray of aquatic plants and decided to isolate it to get a closer look ... and I was amazed at how beautiful it looked up close.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
I found this wonderfully wrapped 'package' on my white baneberry/doll's eyes plant (Actaea pachypoda).
I'm not sure who or what made this cocoon, but they've done a very neat and thorough job of wrapping it up, so much so that I can't peek inside to find out.
I found a hole in it 3 days later, but still don't know who the occupant was ... I don't know if the cocooned critter ate its way out, or if a predator ate its way in! The leaf is now discolored:
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Monday, June 26, 2023
Nymphae odorata, our fragrant water lily, always reminds me of a cut through, soft-boiled egg!
Sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia) puts on a stunning pink display that is hard to beat along wetland edges.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Friday, June 23, 2023
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
What do you think this is? A kind of potato?
|from Maine Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants - Lake Stewards of Maine|
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
How exciting to have our wildlife cam capture this beautiful animal passing through our yard.
The date of this barefoot walkthrough was well over a week ago (June 9) in the early morning - I slept through this! We had no knowledge, either by scat, scratchings or pawprints that it had even been there. Not only do we have no idea what we're missing out on when we're shut up inside, but there is often no trace after the fact that we can detect.
Monday, June 19, 2023
"A man who takes away another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity."
Sunday, June 18, 2023
Saturday, June 17, 2023
This is the magnificent maple leaf viburnum - a spectacular shrub that has come up spontaneously in my yard. Its leaves look very maple-like, hence its name Viburnum acerifolium
Friday, June 16, 2023
We ought to be making stained glass windows that copy nature's unique and beautiful patterns. The intricacies in this crane fly's wing are superb - I particularly like the pattern on the leading edge.
It sat patiently on my knee for this close up
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
I discovered a completely new plant in my garden bed this week, one I had not planted myself. It is, in fact, a plant one cannot deliberately plant or transplant since it is parasitic and requires a complex set of conditions to get its seeds to germinate. The seeds start growing when they detect the chemical signature from a host plant! For real, this is not science fiction - the seeds remain dormant in the soil for years until the conditions are exactly right.
This is what the broomrape, or cancer root, (Orobanche uniflora) looks like
Its stems are pretty anemic-looking but that is because the plant doesn't have chlorophyll to photosynthesize for itself. It relies on nearby plants in the aster, goldenrod and saxifrage families for nourishment - its roots attach to the roots of the host from which it gleans its food. This process also depends on certain fungi being present to enable it to draw nutrients from the host.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Monday, June 12, 2023
What do YOU do on rainy days, when it drips and dribbles throughout the day?
It's a perfect time for harvesting and transplanting the seedlings that are coming up in less than ideal places. I've been finding and transplanting blue lobelia, closed gentian, joe pye weed, milkweed, boneset, black-eyed susans, ferns and wild geraniums that had self sown into my lawn. They come out so easily, without root damage or stem breakages while the ground is soft.