The pollen of ragweed drifting on the breeze can cause sneezing fits and allergy woes for those that suffer from hay fever. Common ragweed is the more compact of the two and can be recognized by the 'toothy' lobes of it's leaves. Giant ragweed can reach heights of twelve feet and has palm-like lobed leaves. Both plants sport spikes of greenish yellow flower heads that contain male and female flowers that bloom August through September.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
A scattering of sunflower volunteers sprang up around the arbors where the bird feeders hang. None of them have been large or showy but this little one impressed me with its look of bashfulness.
This photo is also one of the first I took with my new iphone. I am learning about the many things it can do.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The crab apple tree has branches loaded and drooping to the ground. I did not intend for this tree to be, an ornamental crab apple was planted and a few suckers came up that I neglected and overnight (it seems) there was a tree bearing fruit. Much fruit! These small fruits make a delicious jelly that is good served with cold meats during the holidays. The critters enjoy eating them as well. The difference between a crab apple and an apple? Any apple with less than a two inch diameter is considered a crab apple.