April 2022 catch-up

Smilax spp. (probably glauca) – greenbrier family
Erigeron spp. (most likely philadelphicus) – Philadelphia fleabane; about 14 inches (35.6 cm); growing in the sunny meadow. Looking at this photo, I just noticed that the undersides of the petals have a pink hue. In the Asteraceae family.
Uvularia perfoliata (perforated bellwort) – about ten inches tall; I’ve observed this small colony for the past 5 or so years.

May 2022 catch-up

Rosa rugosa, planted in 2021
Itea virginica; sweetspire, Virginia-willow
Thermopsis villosa; Carolina (false) lupine
Penstemon digitalis (tall white beardtongue) in foreground; Symphytum officinale (comfrey) in back; Solanum carolinense (horse nettle) bottom right (not flowering)

Fowl Follies

Guinea showdown – the darker (pearl) male, recently snuck into the pen, in his first confrontation with a white male. The lavender guinea in slightly behind the white-plumaged male is the mate to the pearl.

After the first confrontation the lavender and pearl mated pair is reunited (guineas tend to mate for life)

Sweet Pea cannot hide her consternation when the guineas become combative.
Second confrontation – look closely at the two guinea fowl on the left. They have their wings raised in a defense/attack/intimidation posture. Whether or not it is their intention, this makes them appear much larger; it may also help launch them towards each other.

The pearl guinea was removed later that night. He resides outside of the pen, and to this day remains separated from his mate. Perhaps one day they will be reunited.

Frog pond

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September 15, 2018. Carpet pond. It was surrounded by boundless elderberries, and the shade they provided allowed frogs to breed all summer. We had tadpoles up through October!

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October 1, 2018. American bullfrog, Lithobates catesbeianus. I counted, at any given time, an average of 8 frogs sunning on the stones.

Butterflies in August

…and one in October. Note all butterflies were spotted alighting on anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), which I shall hereafter refer to as the super-nectary.

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August 10, 2018. This is a garden standby. Sorry for the focus – difficult to see the blue spot on the bottom part of the wing. Black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.

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August 12, 2018. American painted lady, Vanessa virginiensis.

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August 25, 2018. Giant swallowtail, P. cresphontes. This was the first time I had seen this type in the garden. I thought it was a cross between the black and tiger swallowtails. I’m still not sure, because it appears to lack a horizontal stripe across the forewings. Its larva is known to feed on Japanese honeysuckle, which is rampant on the farm.

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September 7, 2018. Monarch, Danaus plexippus. I saw two or three of these at any given time in the garden throughout the summer. Note the light blue chicory flower in the midground. This was also a valuable nectary and edible for humans.


Swamp Sunflower

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October 3, 2018

Some points for consideration:

  • Even though I cut these back in mid-July to promote bushier growth, they still grew tall enough to flop over into the path;
  • The flowers died back in November, but, following the advice of a fellow blogger, I opted to be a messy gardener and leave them for the birds and other garden companions.