Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wildflower Wednesday - Tax Return Blues-tem

Here I am crying over my completed tax return and looking for a interruption from my pain.  Why not Wildflower Wednesday? Thank you blogdom. And thank you Gail for relieving my anxiety!

Schizachyrium scoparium-Little Bluestem

Verbascum thapsus-Common Mullien
Although I've already commented on these plants in the last post, I will add the same information here. These native bluestem plants were transplanted from an highway right-a-way near a native Flint Hills Kansas prairie.  Haven't verified the variety as of yet. 
The mullien was derived from the same area. I'm sure most of you know that the mullien is described as a noxious weed in most states. I find that the foliage adds texture to my plantings. I have a "thing" for large silver woolly foliage, as I also like Stachys, Salvia argentea, and
Verbascum spp.  That about the best I could do for today. Happy planning everyone. Greggo

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Bougainvillea bloom with Lilly leaves.
We in the Flint Hills region of  Kansas are still licking our wounds from the subzero temperatures we have experienced over the last two weeks in our zone 6a growing area. Snow is still on the ground but beginning to thaw while we wait for the next norther to come in next week. The bird feeders are full with many species of finch enjoying their morsels with abandon. I purchased a water heater for the birds water pan, will see how that works out.  Planted some Bluestem varieties recovered from the state right of way. 
Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem

Two different varieties of little bluestem.
Verbascum thapsus - common Mullein
This particular Mullein was recovered from the right of way south of Winfield, Kansas. We will see if the transplant actions will succeed or not.