Monday, July 28, 2014

Phenology: Heavy Rain, More Flowers

(Reclaimed from Bubblews, where this "Bubble" appeared on 7.28.14. Dayflower image from Xandert at Morguefile: Black-Eyed Susans from Keencarlene at Morguefile:

Phenology report for July 26-28, 2014:

Weather: Saturday was not really hot but extremely humid. Sunday afternoon and evening were one long sequence of thunderstorms with high winds, hail, and heavy rain. Monday morning was cool and pleasant.

Flowers at the Cat Sanctuary: The not-a-lawn is full of dayflowers. There are different species of dayflowers (genus Commelina). I just searched for an educational site with a good clear pictorial description of how to tell these pretty little wildflowers apart, and didn't find one. The flowers technically have three petals, two bright clear blue and one white. In "Asiatic" dayflowers the white petal is easy to see; in native dayflowers a person who wasn't looking for it might not recognize the white petal as a petal. "Asiatic" dayflowers tend to grow taller and brighter blue.

Flowers in town: Not far from the colony of sweet peas, along Route 23, there is now a well established colony of Black-Eyed Susans. Their dull orange color is not what I would have chosen to put next to hot-pink sweet peas. The plants must have been growing last week but the flowers have only just begun to bloom.