Milo. Female. Age 2. Destroyer of Worlds.
Photos and video of plants, animals, and stranger cats as they travel through her garden territory.

 

Purple loosestrife is an invasive weed choking out moist plant habitats in North America. Sure is pretty though.

Purple loosestrife is an invasive weed choking out moist plant habitats in North America.

Sure is pretty though.

White heath asters are some of my favourite late summer flowers ! I was out kayaking recently and I stopped on an island in the river. While looking around I alighted upon an entire field of these.Symphyotrichum ericoides. 

White heath asters are some of my favourite late summer flowers !

I was out kayaking recently and I stopped on an island in the river. While looking around I alighted upon an entire field of these.

Symphyotrichum ericoides. 

The hills are blue right now with bell flowers.Campanula rotundifolia is native across both North America and Europe where they are called variously harebells or bluebells.

The hills are blue right now with bell flowers.

Campanula rotundifolia is native across both North America and Europe where they are called variously harebells or bluebells.

Wow the ‘Prairie Glow’ Rudbeckias are filled with an incredible amount of flowers right now.

Wow the ‘Prairie Glow’ Rudbeckias are filled with an incredible amount of flowers right now.

Its late summer so representatives of the Lamiaceae family all seem to bloom at once !

Here’s two lovely specimens from the wilds of BC.

Just some local wildlife. Not the best pictures because I never lug around my distance lens when hiking.

Such beautiful flowers on this fringed loosestrife. BC native, likes wetland habitat. (Steironema ciliatum)

Such beautiful flowers on this fringed loosestrife.

BC native, likes wetland habitat. (Steironema ciliatum)

kihaku-gato:

I’ll make an entire post about the trek maybe later

By unexpected impulse I took opportunity from the day being so cold and did a wildflower seed-collecting hunt in the Padro’s Woods! I have collected Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora), Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum giganteum), White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda), and surprisingly maybe even some Red Baneberry (A. rubra).

For much of the Merrybell seeds I’ll be cleaning the seeds (as they have a white substance attached to them that I assume is ant food) and send most of them to milos-garden if they still want some. As for the rest of the seeds I ended up collecting, I think I may try my hand at growing them from seed (ohhhh dear…).

So I must ask my friends and followers; any tips on cold-wet stratifying, especially with these particular plants? (milos-garden & hyggehaven I hope you may particularly know since you’ve sown various seed types) Do I need any special equipment or soil mixes and would fridge-stratifying do??

Photographed August 14th 2014

anyone got any tips?

Oh yes please on the Uvularia.

By happenstance I was just searching your blog to find the name of the 3 seeds you sent me, you know from the fruit tree ? Eastern native, fruit like a banana I think.

Everything about the plant, including the name, has more or less slipped out of my mind.

Anyways I finally got them to germinate ! Took a razor blade and sliced the shell off the pods and then broke the seeds apart.

A beautiful flower in the potato family yet deadly in every way. Solanum dulcamara

A beautiful flower in the potato family yet deadly in every way.

Solanum dulcamara