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Old 07-03-2017, 09:39 AM   #31
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:45 PM   #32
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All interesting shots! was it slippery coming back down on the granite??? When I hike I don't mind the rain, but i do get concerned when the rocks coming down are slick and treacherous...
They were a little slick, but it wasn't terrible. It rained only lightly at the lower elevations and had mostly dried by the time I was on the way down. Above the treeline it was wild, though!
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:48 PM   #33
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Awesome.

I love to see our natives growin in their natural environment. I also love what grows on rocky outcrops (a preference which I'm sure I have shared numerous times).

I try to remember to take a picture of the surroundings as well as close-ups to help me remember naturally occurring companion plants--i like to mimic nature with my habitats project.

Any pictures (or lists) of companion plants are always welcome. <hint, hint>
Heh, heh... Well, most of those tended to grow together. The ragwort is an exception and was more lowland, and the twisted-stalk I've only seen in the boreal & krummholz layers. Now, I don't know how alpine plants would do in the garden. They tend to want cool summer temps. Apparently they grow on the coast of Maine in addition to mountaintops and the Arctic!
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Heh, heh... Well, most of those tended to grow together. The ragwort is an exception and was more lowland, and the twisted-stalk I've only seen in the boreal & krummholz layers. Now, I don't know how alpine plants would do in the garden. They tend to want cool summer temps. Apparently they grow on the coast of Maine in addition to mountaintops and the Arctic!
Thank you.

I do love alpine plants (it must be in my blood...my dad had a rockgarden and loved alpines). I guess, I wasn't thinking about them being alpine plants, but that would make it much less likely that I would plant them here.
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Asclepias tuberosa/butterflyweed

Ironweed almost ready to open.

Rudbeckia just beginning to flower.

purple coneflower in the grass.

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gentians in the hobbit garden
Looks like two out of the three newly planted liatris will bloom this year.
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Ah, mid-July in the prairie garden! Nothing like it. But isn't it a touch early for gentians??
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Ah, mid-July in the prairie garden! Nothing like it. But isn't it a touch early for gentians??
The gentians are small alpine plants that bloom around this time every year. Not the prairie family.

The garden has started its big bloom but late August / early September is when it glows. I have seen hundreds of bees and wasps at one time in the garden. Funny how most visitors don't notice until I point it out. Then they back away in haste...hahaha. I have only been stung once and it was because I was wearing a loose fitting purple shirt while bending over a blooming plant. A poor bee got caught up under the shirt and stung before I could get her out. Ice pack took the big red swelling down quickly. I hold no malice or fear and learned something about being careful when disturbing them.

The fireflies have been abundant here this year. Are you guys seeing this surge?
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Are they bottle gentians? In WNY they always bloomed in August (maybe starting at very end of July). But there are a number of different species.

I've been seeing fireflies regularly after dark, but that's nothing new around here. I recall in WNY I almost never saw them.
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