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bluestemmed goldenrod next to back door

Monday Melange–Who Needs Chrysanthemums?

Monday Melange Who Needs Chrysanthemums? Serendipity. I didn’t design this, but isn’t it a stunning combination?  Heath Aster (Aster ericoides) and Butterfly Weed seedpods (Asclepias tuberosa) show off against a backdrop of the huge magnificent leaves of Prairie Dock (Silphium  terebinthinaceum).  Prairie Dock bears yellow daisy flowers at the top of 10’ stems in July, […]

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Joe Pye & clematis thru screen

File This Under Window View or Serendipity

File This under Window View or Serendipity This is the view looking outside my east studio window, only about 8’ away from my neighbor’s cracked and stained concrete patio.  A few self-seeded Joe Pye Weed grow next to my window, but not tall enough to hide an unattractive view. Many years ago I had a […]

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Horseweed and Watering Cans


Serendipity  This is the view out my back door, between the house and the garage.  Carefully arranged, except for one thing–the tall, graceful, flufffy-headed Horseweed (Erigeron canadensis) that decided on its own to seed itself within the bricks of the walk.  It’s the perfect accent to the composition–a feather-duster plume at the top of a […]

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Virginia Creeper

Golden Leaves

Golden Leaves  What causes leaves to turn color in the fall?   Shorter day lengths and cooler temperatures trigger the leaves to discontinue the production of chlorophyll, allowing other pigments to shine through.  Sunny days stimulate the manufacture of carbohydrates and cool (40-45° F) nights allow the carbohydrates to break down into sugars.  The more […]

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