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Next Year’s Queen Anne’ s Lace October 18, 2010

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Wild Carrots

While I was poking around the roadside photographing sunflowers and asters, I came across a large patch of wild carrots. Next year this carrot patch will produce beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace. (more…)

New England Aster October 7, 2010

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New England Aster

New England Asters have added touches of Lavender to our roadsides since mid-August. They like moist ground, so they do well beside the road. The flower heads are 1 to 2 inches across with small oval leaves that clasp the stem in clusters. Most are 3 to 4 feet tall.

Giant Sunflower October 4, 2010

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Giant (Tall) Sunflower

For the last several weeks great patches of sunflowers have gilded our Louisa County roadsides. Although common sunflowers have bigger flower heads, the sunflowers in the picture are known as Giant Sunflowers, Helianthus giganteus, because of their height. (They can be up to 12 feet tall.) Most of the plants (more…)

Monarch on Milkweed September 10, 2010

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A Monarch butterfly stops to sample Milkweed growing in the wetlands north of Wapello. Does anyone know what the other flutterby is?

Thoroughwort, Boneset, and Joe Pye Weed September 6, 2010

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The flower in the picture above is Tall Thoroughwart. I found it growing in the wetlands north of town. It’s a member of the same genus as its more famous cousins, Boneset and Joe Pye Weed. Boneset has very similar flowers but (more…)

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