Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Have I mentioned the Bouncing Bet?

In an earlier blog posting I listed all the wildflowers inhabiting our meadow.  And as promised I now belatedly bring you the "bouncing bet" for B on ABC Wednesday.  It is especially beautiful as it is beginning to open.  When in full bloom it loses the lavender you see in this blossom and is basically white.  Here is another site from Cook County, Illinois, detailing its pros and cons (somewhat poisonous to grazing animals) through recalling an abandoned farmhouse garden.  And like all my volunteers, Invasive.Org has it on the no-no list! 

In our strolls, and actually while simply standing on the front porch, we see wildflowers everywhere this year.  Did I just not take the time in previous summers to wonder at their being so abundant?  Even without camera in hand I am taking more time to look and to see what is growing all around us. And watchers of my blog know that this summer I cannot stop showcasing what some think of as weeds, invasive species no less.  I suppose they are if you do not want them in your garden or they are harming native species.  A neighbor has tried very hard to bring the meadows of his land back to original southern Michigan prairies.  It has proven very hard to do and I am sure he is bemoaning the lack of help from neighbors like me.  I just give up fighting them in the face of the overwhelming odds that they spread faster than I can hoe!

B's are everywhere this week on ABC Wednesday.  Be sure to visit!

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful flowers! Love the color! And a great photo! Perfect for the B day! Enjoy your day!

    Sylvia

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  2. You have some amazing plants. I love seeing the wildflowers whether they are invasive or not.

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  3. Those are very cool flowers. I have not seen any of them before. Thanks for sharing :)

    Have a good rest of the week!

    Hood Photo Blog

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  4. I have never heard of the Bouncing Bet flower. I have probably seen them just didn't know that was their name. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Bouncing Bets are a new one for me - I think the idea of bringing back the prairie is a noble one. Thanks too for visiting and commenting on my "b."

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  6. these are new to me, too. nice.


    ROG, ABC WEDNESDAY team

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  7. It is amazing what we see when we go out for a walk...always so much natural beauty out there.

    Great post for ABC Wednesday.
    Denise
    ABC Team

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  8. i truly enjoyed this post.

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  9. The Wildflowers do seem to be everywhere and in great numbers that in previous years. I'm not complaining, however, they do provide a feast for the eyes.

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  10. We had lots of wildflower too I think I should start taking picture of them before the summer end. Thanks for sharing!

    ABC Wednesdsay~B

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  11. Bouncing Bet is certainly a Beauty! I love wildflowers, regardless of where they are. Thanks for popping by my place and leaving an nice comment.

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  12. Hahaha, I can see your neighbor before me....
    And your white lavender is so beautiful, never seen that one before.

    Anneli E

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  13. I like the unusual shape, never seen one before. A traditional haymeadow is a wonder of flowers.

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  14. I do love your photos. There are some things I'll battle but others I love in my gardens.

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