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Early Morning Interlude

So, I woke up early this morning to the sound of the garbage truck, and remembered we had not taken the bin from it's usual spot in the yard to the alley.  Remembering the "wonderful" odor as I walked by it yesterday, I got up, threw a dress on, and took it to the nice trash collectors.  Yay--stinky stuff gone. 

It was a pretty morning, with the sun behind clouds, so I went back into the house, gave the kitties kibble, and grabbed my camera to take pictures.

Here is another purple flower that I'd like to know the name of.  And no, "weed" doesn't count!  You can see the spiky stems pretty well in this picture; the leaves are a lot like dandelion leaves.



These flowers had a small bee on them, with a bright metallic-green back.  The close-up shows the little green bee busy collecting and spreading its pollen.  I find it interesting that I don't see these bees later in the day. This was about 8 in the morning by the time I was taking pictures.  I'm used to the larger, black and yellow bumble bees that I see in the afternoons.  I didn't realize that some bees were "early birds" and others were late sleepers, like me!

There was another purple flower blooming; someone walking by identified it as "indigo" but I don't know if that's accurate:



I suppose that's what I get for planting multiple "wildflower" packets and waiting to see what likes the soil and sun conditions--I don't know what everything is.  One day I'll get fed up and research it; today I've been working on the next installment in Fireborn, so identifying my wildflowers will have to wait.  Unless, of course, someone here identifies some of them for me!

My coneflowers are just starting to bloom; the process is quite different from roses, where you have a fully-formed bud that gets bigger until it unfurls; in coneflowers the center of the flower forms, with little vertical spikes all around it.  Then, as the flower matures, they get bigger, and paler, and stick up more, and suddenly one day they start to look like petals:


We also had another swallowtail butterfly visit, this one with most of it's right lower wing missing.  It was having no time flying around, however, and I chased it all over the yard until it paused long enough for me to get a picture.  Here it is by my thyme.  The last picture is from a few days ago, in the afternoon--the bumblebee on the spirea flowers, so you can compare it to the green-backed bee above.


And then, after taking pictures, I went back to bed to finish my night's sleep!

More of the ongoing story tomorrow, after my "exciting" trip to the dentist for the new crown and a filling.  They are nice people, but I'll be pleased not to see them for a while! 

Look at the time!  I'd better head to bed.  Apologies if there's typos, I'm not going to stay up to proofread. 

Time flies while you're writing!
 

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core_opsis
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
The first blue flower looks like chicory--it grows along the roadsides in New England, blooms in the morning, and then closes up. I've heard it was imported from England, and escaped....so yes, what some folks call a weed. I like it a lot.

The second blue flower looks to me like flax--or at least that's what the flax I've planted looks like.

Beautiful flowers. I love this time of year when wildflowers are blooming. I just got back from a 3000 mile trip, which had a profusion of wildflowers blooming alongside the road, many of which I couldn't identify because we were going to fast. And then they wouldn't be around when we stopped and I could really look.
tigertoy
Jul. 9th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
The first pair of pics are definitely chicory. The large amount of stem and relatively few flowers are typical, as are both of those colors. Wikipedia confirms that it's non-native, but whether it is a "weed" is up to you -- a weed is a plant growing where you don't want it to be. It does well colonizing disturbed ground, but it doesn't take to being mowed, so you'll often see it around the edges of construction sites, but not in lawns much.

I'm a of an apiphile but no apiologist, so all I can tell you is that there are many, many species of bees you might encounter ("bumblebee" covers a pretty good range itself). As far as I know, the honeybee-sized metallic green ones are a single species. I see them just often enough for them to be familiar but not often enough to think I know anything about their habits.
mbumby
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
The/a "common" name for chicory (which often grows along the highway, and I first met in the disturbed earth where J&J world headquarters was being built) is "cornflower".
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