Friday, July 9, 2010

Wild Garlic/ Field Garlic






Sequence (I think)

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(this is a recycle, posted from last year. It appears the Garlic were in their prime last of June, but a number are still visible in latter stages of bloom.)
Field Garlic

Allium vineale


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mimosa (Silk Tree)























Mimosa Tree, information to be added

Catsclaw Sensitive Brier

















Cat's Claw Sensitive Brier


Mimosa nuttallii


Schrania nuttallii (alternate)






I was not surprised in the least to see this as part of the Mimosa genus (the filamental stamen, and leaf shape are very similar to the bloom of the Mimosa tree. What is surprising is that this bloom (a true "ball" by contrast to the Mimosa "fan") grows on a ground hugging pricker vine, much different than the big Mimosa tree.
Most Surprising, this really is a sensitive brier. While moving a sample of the vine to white card-stock (3rd image) the fronds all closed up. I had to wait some ten minutes for some of the fronds to re-open.


More later.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Trumpet Vine













Trumpet Vine (Trumpet Creeper)
Campis radicans

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Genus: Campsis
Species: C. radicans

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpet_vine

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lance Leaf Coreopsis (Adendum)




5/17/2008






6/1/2008

Demise of the Lance Leaf Coreopsis
Or
Propegation of the nex generation.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Capture Arkansas


I have enough Mags on here, that you really don't need anymore... but if you just can't get enough of this picture-grabbing standard, check out another Grandiflora gallery on my sister site "The Mighty Works Project"  Or, better yet -- Vote on this -- an thousands and thousands of other images from the Natural State, now on display at Capture Arkansas.  (And while I certainly won't mind your vote on my photos, there is so much addictive fun to be had there, you can spend hours, diging and nixing.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Southern Magnolia

















Recycle, all pics earlier years, but as of May 16, 2009 the blooms are coming on strong.

Southern Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia
Species: M. grandiflora

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_grandiflora


Magnolia grandiflora rightly deserves its name. With a bloom as big as a cantaloupe, or even a football, this flower is grand indeed.


I have a suspicion that the Southern Magnolia (an evergreen) is not a true Arkansas wild tree-- though they may grow apart from human effort in the far south. I have no concrete evidence, I've simply never encountered one in the wild.



As a northern boy, I'd never seen a Magnolia till I moved, age 12 to Tulsa Oklahoma. Both it, and the Mimosa tree with its fibrous bloom, astonished me.



Turns out plenty of others are astonished too. I bet the Southern Magnolia and Calla Lilly fall just behind the rose as floral photo subjects, with Magnolia being a favored black and white subject. Beyond that, it makes a fine subject for the nose, with just a hint of pine.

For some fine art samples see:

http://www.bsk-photo-graphs.com/magnolia.htm
http://www.pbase.com/bw/image/656552
http://www.pbase.com/bonita/magnolia






Ozark Magnolia





Spiderwort

























Spiderwort

Info to be added.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spider Lily









These are from last year at this time... and guess what. They are right on time. I took a few more pics of the same in the last days, and nice dress shoes are still stinking wet from wading into the bog to take them. I guess I should carry sneakers with me.
Spider Lily, or -- my name: "Gothic Bride"
Hymenocallis occidentalis or
Hymenocallis caroliniana
family: Liliaceae

All pics 5/12/2005 - in the empty field across from the Dave Ward Walmart in Conway, AR

Turns out there are several different flowers of quite different appearance (but belonging to the lily family) that claim the name "Spider lily" -- and this is one of them. Scientific name is either Hymenocallis occidentalis (see : http://www.briartech.com/summer/slily/slily.htm ) or Hymenocallis caroliniana (see: http://www.2bnthewild.com/plants/H22.htm ).

Concerning the name, the folks at 2-bn-the- wild write: Hymenocallis means "beautiful membrane" which refers to the the corona that connects the stalks of the stamens for a portion of their length. This is a large spectacular flower that is exciting to find unexpectedly.

I concur. First time I saw one I was so "startled" that I thought it must be fake. But it didn't feel like plastic... or even a regular flower. In keeping with its swampy nature, it felt kind of sticky and damp, like wilted cabbage.

This lily is built on a symmetry of six. Six Stamen, six petals, six corona sections.