Last night was a Blue Moon. I am sure many of you were able to get fantastic photos of the moon as it rose in the sky. We saw it on our way home from dinner, but because of our location, it wasn't until it was higher in the sky that we were able to see it from our property. A grainy but interesting photo of said Blue Moon. I do like the jet trails in the sky.
That photo was taken at the top of the driveway, some of the neighbors had a much better view of the rising moon. Their views over the lake face east....ours is north. I am glad I don't have the rising sun shining in my bedroom windows.
At the top of our yard, by the street is pretty untamed. I find interesting plant material up there. The newest find is a Liatris,
probably possibly Liatris graminifolia or perhaps something else. My books say the Liatris in SC are difficult to distinguish. I thought it might be a Carphephorus bellidifolius, but don't think so. There are two plants at the edge of the woods. I haven't seen this anywhere else in my woods, yard, garden, or along the street as I walk the dogs. Hope it reseeds and there are more next summer!
Everywhere in the woods, I find this little Euphorbia. This one was previously IDed for me by Daricia. E. corollata or E. pubentissima. Either way, it is cute scattered among the other wild things.
Curiously, I have two Helianthus sp. in the woods outside my dining room window. I see it blooming along the roadways all through the area, except in our neighborhood. These two are the only ones I have seen. Curious. I love the bright yellow in the woods, the color just pops.
When I take the dogs for a walk I keep my eyes open for something other than chinese lespedesa or blackberry brambles....the two most commonly growing things on vacant lots.
Both last year and this year I have seen this plant in the photo below, in ONE location. To me it looks like Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum pycnanthemoides. This is as close as I got to it, about 6- 8 feet away. Perhaps in the later fall, if there is still some vegetation left, I might venture in to see if I can find a squared stem or leaf arrangement. Currently I am in my fifth consecutive day since May without a bug bite needing 'After Bite' or Cortisone Cream or Benedryl Cream. I would like to make at least make it a week!! I have had more bug bites this year, mostly chiggers, though some might be spider bites.
Funny this is nowhere else in the wooden lots along our street. Believe me, I am always on the lookout!!
The Passiflora incarnata mentioned in past posts, growing near my tiny Sassafras tree is another mystery. For those who know this vine, it has amazing underground rhizomes that travel great distances. There should be a lot of these vines in my location, if there is one, there must be a lot. I have many other vines that fill the woods, surely there must be some other Passion vines. Haven't seen any, zero, nada. Maybe this one is the pioneer seedling, dropped by a bird, left to germinate and grow in my yard along the driveway. Again, very interesting.
Finally, I leave you with a picture of the sunset last night. If we go down to the water, out on the dock, we get beautiful evening skies. I suppose it all comes down to location, location, location....and we sure love ours!! Happy Labor Day weekend to all!
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