Walk With Me - See What I See - On Into the Night

in #walkwithme3 years ago

Asiatic Day Flower

It's time to go with me on another stroll around the Hill Homestead. There are different things blooming all the time. I like how my gardens get full when I leave them unattended. Some "weeds" can turn out to be beautiful wildflowers!

Several areas of my south house shade garden grow this beautiful but invasive, non-native Asiatic Day Flower. Most gardeners run away from this plant screaming. They grow SUPER prolifically. Each flower lasts only a day and each seed head can produce thousands of seeds. I pull whatever escapes my garden's boundaries but leave the rest. The soil right next to the house is nothing but clay and rocks so I am happy to have anything that is willing to grow there, especially one that acts as a ground cover like this one does.

Columbine flower resting on a hollyhock leaf

My cowgirl daughter inherited this statue from her late great grandmother who also rode.

A dragonfly perched on a trailer. We have had quite the population of dragonflies. Is it true that they will eat mosquitoes? Because we have zero mosquitoes.

Butterflyweed (milkweed) just growing and growing! I've only seen one Monarch caterpillar so far so I check these plants almost daily hoping for more.

More milkweed

Love-in-a-Mist flowers. These reseed themselves and after a few years will take over. But they are easy to pull and the seed heads are super easy to clip off. I don't feel like they are that hard to control.

More love-in-a-mist. They randomly come in white, blue, almost purple, and almost pink.

This one is almost pink. It also has a little bug friend! Yay pollinators!

A row of wild blackberries are growing on our eastern fence. They come from the neighbor's side and they don't currently attend to their yard.

Immature blackberries. I hope we can get to them when they ripen before the birds do!

Rose Campion. I just transplanted these and now I am hearing that they will reseed like mad. But you know that's okay with me in this spot! It needs it!

These are so amazingly hot pink!

Found this huge Mullein growing among some junk behind the shed.

It's really thriving in neglect! Haha!

Another, wider mullein in my south of house garden. This one gets watered when I water everything else and is taller but hasn't began to bloom yet.

Now back to the red hollyhocks!

Now the sun is going down. Time to head to the house for a bonfire!


The bear had a friend over so we decided to burn the pile of wood and branches that had been building up. After it all burned down a little we roasted marshmallows and had s'mores. Perfect end to a pretty nice day.

Me in my Happy Place

Thanks for coming along with me! Hope you enjoyed the flowers. If not, sorry there were so many! I can't help it! Haha!! See you all next time!

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I loved your post about all of your flowers! I would "love" to have some love-in-a-mist flowers! Two years ago I dug up some Asiatic Day Flower in my mother-in-law's yard in Ok City. We were about to sell her house and I thought that the "ground cover with the blue flowers" was pretty. I noticed it was growing in the shade and I had a shady spot back in Texas, that needed something green and pretty. I didn't even know the name of it until you posted this, so thank you! I'll keep an eye on it and not let it take over too much. Glad you were in your happy place! :)

When they start putting out their seeds I would be more than happy to share them with anyone who wants some!
I really like the dayflower. It does a great job covering things and almost acts as mulch for things taller. I'd be happy with a whole yard of it since the dogs won't let the grass grow anyway. Haha!
Thank you, @violetmed. :)

I loved all the flowers!!! Everything is so pretty!

Thanks, gorgeous! It could only get prettier if you were here! ;)

Oh! Those red hollyhocks get me every time!

A friend of mine gave me several rose campions last year, to replace the ones that had died out. So I should have lots of hot pink here this year.

You are just that much ahead of me. My butterflyweed is just budding.

My garden kind of gives your garden a heads up on what should bloom next then. Haha! This is my first time growing rose compions. I actually transplanted these from an abandoned property along our road. Shhh...don't tell! ;)

That's where my first ones came from. I used to dig up roadside plants to fill the first gardens back in the 80's....

In Botany class we used to call the Wooly Mullein "Toilet Paper Plant."

Great documentation of some natural stuff!

We call it "Nature's Toilet Paper!" Haha! Thanks for stopping by, @binaryflat!

Thank you for taking us on a walk in your garden! Very pretty!

Awesome post! I've got several random patches of the Asiatic Day flower, and I never did know what they were until reading this! I find their pretty little flower faces quite engaging. I've been calling it 'duckweed' , because we used ot have a recue duck that absolutely loved the stuff! Our chickens like it, too. Thanks for sharing the beauty!

I'm glad you liked it! Actually, this is duckweed:


It's an aquatic plant that ducks also love! I love the true blue of the asiatic day flower. They do have cute little faces!

Ah-ha! the true duckweed! lolol My spirit says if it'g green and bears flowers, it's not a weed! Right??

My sentiments exactly!