Monthly Archives: May 2015

Daisies

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The daisy is a typical grassland wildflower, growing in meadows and open fields, or pastures, and amid scrub brush or in woods with lots of open canopy, as well as in disturbed or transitional areas. Continue reading

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How the Peony Blooms with Help from Black Garden Ants

You would think that for a peony to bloom would be the simplest, most natural process. But in fact, the peony needs help from its friends, the black garden ants. The flower head of the peony is so tightly bound … Continue reading

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Wild Roses

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Wild roses can be found almost everywhere. They attract small carpenter ants who enjoy their fragrance and taste of their nectar and gather their pollen for their own asocial purposes. Continue reading

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Communist Leaders Usually Come from the Middle Class

I am not going to repeat the content of the embedded podcast verbatim in this post, but I will explain the context that prompted me to make this recording. On my Theodosia and the Pirates┬áblog, I got a comment from … Continue reading

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The Rosebush With the Built-In Clock

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Tucked away behind a house in the rural town of Miami, Oklahoma, is a climbing rosebush like no other, Edna’s rosebush. Not only does it put forth giant flowers resembling a peony more than a rose, this 60-year-old bush can … Continue reading

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The Tulip Tree Blossoms

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The tulip tree’s official name is Liriodendron tulipofera. It is a very nice tree to have, and I am lucky the previous owners of the property planted it. Continue reading

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Bees on the Blossoms

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I have many kinds of flowering plants on my ten acre hobby farm, and the bees seem to enjoy all of them. Early in the spring, the daffodils bloom, attracting small slender bees. The redbud tree is one of the … Continue reading

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Weigela Blossoms

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Weigela is an entire genus, and I do not know which species of it I have growing on my property. Whichever one it is, the blossoms are delicate and fragrant, and the bees love them. The buds, before they open, … Continue reading

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Dandelions

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Everybody recognizes dandelions. They belong to a large genus called taraxacum. The common dandelion is a species known as Taraxacum officinale. That is the kind I have growing on my property in abundance. Often people think of dandelions as invasive … Continue reading

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Dogwood Blossoms

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We usually remember the dogwood blossoms as showy flowers with white petals. But that is not how they start out. When they first emerge they are green. The little green balls in the center seem overpowering in their presence, and … Continue reading

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