First morning glory of late summer, 2010. It and the cool weather are signs that fall isn't that far away from Iowa.
Today, I did some silly guerrilla gardening—I “rescued” three tress, two cotton woods and one native willow.
The willow was growing in a crack at the size of a tennis court where Ben and I played a very wet final game, since he is off to Iowa State tomorrow. The cottonwoods were sprouting in some gravel at the construction area where a new Walgreen’s store went up in our neighborhood.
Given their previous locations, none of the trees was wanted. Given that I planted them late in the season in the woods behind our fence, it’s unlikely any will survive—if they don’t get eaten by deer, they probably don’t have adequate roots to snap out of transplant shock, anyway. And even if they did, it’s late August. Transplants won’t have much time to gather strength before the big winter sleep comes.
Oh well. Given its vigorous growth, I think there is a good chance by baby catalpa tree in my yard will make it through the winter, but we’ll see.
Front garden rose, had been severely eaten earlier, but Japanese beetles are gone now.
Anyway, here are a few random garden pictures. First, the signs of approaching fall—the first morning glory bloomed this morning, and there are lots of buds which promise many more future trumpet-shaped flowers. I also planted moon flowers on these trellises, we’ll see if any of them show.
A “lantern” has turned orange, putting on its early fall plumage.
And the creeping rose in the front garden is suddenly bursting with pretty pink flowers—celebrating, I think, that it’s no longer being eaten away by Japanese beetles, whose season has passed.
These photos, by the way, are with my older 3.2 megapixel Fuji camera, not the new 10 megapixel Kodak that I usually use. The Fuji doesn’t’ have either the storage or the zoom of the Kodak, so I’m pretty excited that the photos are OK. The Nashville plant photos later in this post are Kodak camera creations.
Lantern plant in front garden with seed pod already turning orange.
It was cool today in Cedar Rapids, Iowa—upper 50s this morning, afternoon high in the 70s. I almost needed a sweater. It was quite a contrast with the weather I experienced in Nashville, which I returned from Sunday. Below are a few plants from near the conference site in Nashville, with a few comment on each.
Not sure what this tree is--common in Nashville and I noticed specimen all they way into southern Illinois. Very brown seed pods on large trees with snaggle-edged leaves, fruit looks like large black ball bearings.
What appears to be a rhododendron, 100 times too big. Note it's twice as tall as an old two-story building. Southern blog friends, is this really a rhododendron tree? Buds in next images to help id.
Buds on the large tree--look like over-sized rhododendron buds, but too close to blooming--this would be a rhododendron bud in Iowa in May ...
Closer look at bud. It looks better at a distance.
Nashville cats may play clean as country water (given the May floods and what floodwater is like, those nonsenical lyrics make less sense than usual), but they probably wouldn't catch this cardinal. No, not mine, this is a boy, anyway--females have brown and pink plumage, much more muted.