Day 215 – not so noxious

IMG_0353I’m pretty sure these are black-eyes Susan daisies (Rudbeckia hirta) – they are all over the place near the river.  This bunch is right by our house, peeking out from the other random things growing by the porch.

Speaking of yellow flowers, the goldenrod is in bloom, and the sunchokes are still going strong.  Yellow seems to be a precursor to fall.  I know that another precursor to fall is giving me a headache – crickets and cicadas!  It’s noisy out here!

 

Day 214 – more noxious weeds

IMG_0348Morning glory (family Convolvulacea) is some crazy stuff.  It’s like kudzu in the southern United States – just grows over everything, and you can’t walk through it without catching your feet on the vines.  Farmers hate it because it can really tear up the equipment with the vines.  We pull every tendril we see in the garden – it will choke out the plants.

I’ve seen blue and purple flowers in the past, but the color for this year is white.  It’s pretty, but it really is a pain.

Looks like it has some medicinal properties – first known in China for the laxative properties of the seeds.  Good to know!

 

Day 213 – wild carrot

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Also known as Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota).  It is considered a “noxious weed” by the USDA (for what it’s worth), is said to boost tomato production when planted as a companion, and also can create a microclimate of cooler air for lettuce.

The legend is that the little flower in the center is a drop of blood where Queen Anne pricked her finger while making the lace.

Everything should have a legend that goes with it!

Day 194 – sunchokes in bloom

These babies are over 7 feet tall now – I hope that means that they are growing as well underground!  According to Local Harvest, I have to wait until after the first or second frost to dig the tubers.  Patience – virtue #1 for farming.

Day 193 – Hibiscus syriacus

IMG_0308Also known as Rose of Sharon, Rose Mallow, or St. Joseph’s Rod, and it’s the national flower of South Korea.  It’s native of much of Asia, and you can brew the leaves as a tisane (that’s a tea that doesn’t have any tea leaves in it) and eat the flowers.  I didn’t know any of that, but now that I know, I may just do that!

Just another of the pretty things we have growing around the farm – and now it’s useful too.  Added bonus!

 

Day 170 – chicory and daisies

IMG_0265More pretty things blooming around the farm.  I’m not even sure that they are daisies, but they are small white flowers with a yellow center – a daisy, right?

I’ve also considered painting a room “chicory blue” because it’s such a pretty color, but I’m wondering if it might start to hurt my eyes after a while.  It is a very vibrant color!

 

Day 142 – peony

142Besides lilacs, peonies are my favorite flower.  There are 2 rows of peonies on the farm, and one row always blooms before the other.  Most of them are just starting to open, but this and a couple of others were wide open.

Spring is great – the smell of fruit blossoms, then lilacs, then the honeysuckle and peonies.  What’s blooming where you live?