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mystery and moon

September 27, 2015

Today was a day to regroup and try to catch up. I did write 3 columns and tried to answer email besides doing things around the house. Last night was a gorgeous moon moon sept26 and 27.151

moon sept26 and 27.154leading up to tonight’s super moon. But what was predicted as a showstopper tonight we can’t see because of cloud cover. Here is all I got. moon sept26 and 27.155 When a full or new moon makes its closest approach to Earth, that’s a supermoon. Although still about 220,000 miles away, this full moon should have looked bigger and brighter than usual. Maybe the clouds will clear up, but I probably won’t be awake to see it.

Here are the answers to the mystery challenge from last week, and the new challenge.

Mystery plant A – mystery plant sept.15 (1) is commonly called Maltese Cross – Silene chalcedonica (sy-LEE-nee kalk-ee-DON-ee-kuh) or Lychnis chalcedonica is another Latin name used interchangeably. Bees, butterflies and birds like this relatively short-lived perennial for full sun.

Mystery plant B- mystery plant sept.15. is commonly called Painters Palette – is a perennial plant that can spread if it is in a rich, moist site. It has several Latin names including: Persicaria virginiana, Polygonum virginianum and Tovara virginiana. Plantsmen can’t agree which genus it should have.

Mystery plant C – stumped you all and I took the picture at the Knight’s garden in Berryville. mystery plant sept21.15. This plant is actually a type of kalanchoe – Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri (kal-un-KOH-ee gas-TON bon-nee-ER-ee) commonly called donkeys ears. The new growth is quite white, resembling lamb’s ears which someone guessed. As the foliage ages, the spots appear. Native to Madagasgar, it is grown as a tropical–it is not winter hardy. It can produce a lovely peach colored flower, but it grown more for its foliage.

New Challenges:
Mystery plant A – mystery plant a sept.28 is a reseeding annual or perennial depending on where you are in the state.

Mystery plant B – mysery plant b sept28 is a fall blooming bulb.

Mystery plant C – mystery plant c sept28 (1)

mystery plant c sept28 (2)

mystery plant c sept28 (4) is a tropical.

good luck!

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