Clearing Mindspace – September Calling

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“The Common Tansy” – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Tansy is actually quite the organic insecticide… Commonly used in companion planting, and for biological pest control in organic gardening and sustainable agriculture… Dried, it can be placed in a window to repel flies and is currently being studied as a mosquito repellent… Not so common if you ask me…

I take more photographs than my old ass computer can edit… I desperately need new equipment… From time to time I will post a few photographs under the name clearing mindspace… These photographs are simply a selection from the past week or two…

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“New York Ironweed” – Frick Park, PA – Pittsburgh, PA – The reference to iron in the common name is attributed to the rust color of the fading flowers and seeds… A very common plant in Western PA… Typically attributed to wastelands… This plant is also perfect for the home garden…

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“Watermelon” – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA – Commonly thought of as a massive plant… Some of the “bush” Watermelon varieties are actually quite small… And beautiful plants… The leaves are interesting enough to be a feature in an edible landscape…

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“Strawberries Galore” – Hamnett Place Community Garden – Wilkinsburg, PA – I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was to not eat this berry… Even as I am writing this… It sits in the community garden behind my house… Calling me…

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“Yellow Purslane” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – An extremely heat and drought tolerant plant… Would be perfect in a xeriscape…

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“Red Purslane” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – Also known as Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed, and Moss Rose… In general… It is considered an exotic weed… However… There is evidence that the species may have reached the New World around the 15th century…

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“Prickly Lettuce” – Center Street – Wilkinsburg, PA – The closest wild relative of cultivated lettuce… It is edible… But it tastes extremely bitter… I wouldn’t exactly classify this plant as food…

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“Crooked-Stemmed Aster” – Center Street – Wilkinsburg, PA – Commonly found in roadsides and disturbed areas in the Northeastern US… This Aster is growing where a house once stood… Nothing says disturbed like the demolition of dreams…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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One thought on “Clearing Mindspace – September Calling

  1. Purslanes love the Florida weather. My wife loves the purslanes
    because they are so easy to propagate, drop them on some dirt
    and the grow. Great photos.
    Love, hugs and prayers…ME and the Boss

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