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A glorious Friday

October 16, 2015

Folks, we need some rain in a BIG way. I am watering but things are still looking dry. I can’t believe how often I am refilling the water garden. It gets lower and lower each day. We need to insure that our plants don’t go into fall too dry, so keep watering and maybe do a rain dance. The temperatures today were delightful. I have all the windows open, so it will be nippy in the morning, but it feels great now.
We loaded the car and are ready for PNG Leadership this Sunday – Tuesday at the Red Apple Inn. And don’t forget about Senior Fest tomorrow. I will be down there at 9:00 getting ready, but I speak at 10. Come join me.

I saw a lot of interesting plants the past few days, and it is time to catch up on the mystery plant challenge.

Last weeks plants:
Mystery plant A – mystery plant 15. is a wildflower commonly called White Crownbeard, Wingstem or Frostweed. Verbesina virginica is the Latin name. This is a member of the sunflower family that blooms late in the season and provides nectar to many butterflies and other insects. The monarch and cloudless sulphur, for example, are butterflies that migrate south in late summer and fall, and they rely on plants like this to provide their nourishment. It can grow up to 7 feet tall, but it gets its common name Frostweed because it often forms spectacular “frost flowers” in the fall, when a sudden overnight freeze causes the stems to burst and release quantities of sap, which freezes into intricate ribbons or flower like shapes that can be about 4 inches in diameter.

Mystery plant B – mystery plant b.oct5.15. is one of the succulents called Haworthia. It is not winter hardy but does very well outside during the summer months and inside as a houseplant in the winter–don’t over water!

Mystery plant C – mystery plant oct5.c.15 while not a great photo–it is a plant specimen brought to me to identify. It is one of the Indigofera genus possibly Indigofera kirilowii which is a dense, suckering shrub or subshrub which typically grows 2-3′ (less frequently to 4′) tall. Features dense, axillary racemes (4-5″ long) of pink, pea-like flowers which bloom heavily in June and July and sometimes continue intermittently to September. Compound pinnate leaves (each with 7-11 rounded leaflets) are bright green and 4-6″ long. A separate species, Indigofera tinctoria, is the species that has been used for many years to produce indigo dyes.

Here are some new challenges:
Mystery plant A-mystery plants oct19.155

mystery plants oct19.154

mystery plants oct19.153 is a deciduous shrub.

Mystery plant B – myster plant oct19.15 (2)

myster plant oct19.15 (4)

myster plant oct19.15 (3)

myster plant oct19.15 (1) is an annual or perennial depending on where it is grown.

Mystery plant C – mystery plants oct19.152 is an evergreen shrub blooming now.

Good Luck!

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