A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 44 – Beeblossoms

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“Winter Swarm” – Late Fall 2012 – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Gaura… When I was introduced to this plant for the first time it was labeled “Wandflower”… The next time I saw it was behind a house that had been abandoned for at least 10 years… Several massive clumps growing among the neck-high weeds… The flowers were all that was visible… As the wind blew the flowers seemed to fly around in circles resembling a swarm of bees… I started calling this “Swarm Plant” for a while… But… I have enough people around me who know their shit when it comes to plants… And well… I was soon corrected…

Beeblossom is considered a noxious weed in many areas… In fact… The “abandoned house” find taught me two things… Removing this plant after 10 years of growth is damn near impossible… And when you find one… You will find a million… Each flower grows atop a very long and thin stem… These have no issues rising above the weeds… Because of this they are pollinated freely… You would not believe how many seeds this plant can put out in a couple of months of flowering…

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Todays forecast is calling for temperatures in the 50s… A massive leap from the -10 we had last week… For any math fans out there… That is a 60 degree jump in just a few days… Some areas saw -30… They will also be climbing up around 50 degrees today… That’s an 80 degree difference… Mind blowing weather this winter… I hope the spring and summer are equally awesome… I need an early thaw… I got fruit trees to plant… Gardens to dig… Photographs to take and stories to write…

– As a side note… The Pawpaw seeds I put into stratification last October have started to send out roots…  This is good news… I have about 400 seeds in the cooler… It is going to be a busy spring… I can’t wait… Just thinking about it is making me all warm and fuzzy inside… I can already taste the Cherokee Purple Tomato… Fresh Basil… And thick sliced bacon on Italian bread sandwiches… Preferably eaten under the warm afternoon sun…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

If you want some science – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaura

These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring when I start writing more… My source (where applicable) is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information…

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One thought on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 44 – Beeblossoms

  1. Aggie says:

    BLT’s with homegrown tomatoes, now that’s living. I can’t wait either. And dream of the bacon and bread coming from our place, too,

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