Sunday Stroll

Hello everyone! I know it is Tuesday already and I took these photos on Sunday afternoon and  early evening. We have a new bull that actually arrived July 22. He is a Hereford like the one last year. They seem to have a much calmer disposition and don’t get to excited. This one is more alert than last years bull, though. Dad said I may have trouble with him but so far so good. I have been fairly close to him a few times and have had no problems. One great thing about using a Hereford is that the calves come all different. The cows are all black, with maybe a white spot somewhere if you look close enough. They all have different personalities, though. Some can get a little over friendly sometimes while other times they are stuck up.

 

This moth fell on the ground when I opened the door to the rooster’s coop. I picked it up and let it crawl on the trunk of the tree next to the coop. I don’t know exactly what species of moth it is, and I looked at plenty of photos online. I submitted photographs to the Butterflies And Moths Of North America website. Yeah, I had to join…

I know it’s caterpillar may be destructive to something, but that is for another day. Over the past few months I have been looking at life a little differently. I know, it’s weird. It’s like I have woke up and see kindred spirits in animals and even insects. Not all insects, however. Tics and mosquitos are a different subject, the blood suckers, and I have no clue why they were even created (or evolved). Even white flies and aphids I still don’t appreciate and don’t hesitate to eradicate them with Neem Oil. Neem oil doesn’t harm beneficial insects and they can even continue feeding with no problem (I think). I even let the squash bugs have what was left of the zucchini. Last year they attacked my tomatoes which I didn’t appreciate one bit, but so far this year they haven’t found them. BUT, if they do there could be a problem.

 

I noticed the “cones” on top of the Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail) have burst. OH, that is so great!!! Now there will be even more. I am just kidding about that being so great because these guys know how to procreate! Is there a birth control for plants?

 

Another plant that wants to invade anywhere it is allowed is the Lonicera japonica or Japanese Honeysuckle. It is all along the south border of the south hayfield and back pasture. I have noticed it popping up here and there in the yard and in the ditch, as well as a few other unwanted intruders. This honeysuckle produces yellow and white flowers and do attract a lot of hummingbirds. A while back I was in the hayfield close to the honeysuckle and was shocked at how many hummingbirds there were. There is a white one growing in a tree along the fence but it seems different and not as invasive. I took photos of it before but didn’t write a post about them. They will appear on one of the pages to the right some day. (LOL).

 

I walked up by the new shade bed and noticed the Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ is flowering now.

I wanted to walk up through the south hay field to see how the grass was doing after the hay was baled…

I was walking along in the hay field and felt like I was being watched… We have quite a few deer around here and it is always odd to me how sometimes there will be one all alone. A few days ago dad and I saw a doe and her fawn grazing along the highway. A couple of years ago there were two orphan fawns, to young to have been weaned, grazing along the street close to our farm. I had also seen them grazing on the lawn at the motel, right along a busy street.

 

Along the south border of the farm is kind of like a wilderness, or wildlife habitat. Well, the Rock Island Railroad used to run along there and now it is the Rock Island Trail. SO, the right of way, between the farm and the trail is, for the most part, a jungle. Full of blackberries, raspberries, honeysuckle, poison ivy, Solidago (Goldenrod) as in the photo and…

Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot or Bee Balm) is growing here and there. I like this plant.

 

I don’t know what this crap vine is but I don’t like it. It is very tough and thorny. I don’t like it so well that I am not going to bother to do research and find out it’s name…

 

Here is a nice patch of Poison Ivy if you would like a start… I have plenty to spare and it spreads really well so I won’t miss any if you would like a start. I have tried to give it away but no one seems interested. It’s leaves turn a nice reddish color in the fall.

 

There are two clubs of Asparagus growing in the northeast corner of the south hay field. I saw them last year when I was moving the hay. This spring when the Asparagus was coming up I found one spot (because there was a spear sticking up) but I never found the other. After I picked that one spear, I never could find them again. Yeah, I know, I should have stuck a pole with a red flag on the spot… This fall I have a good notion to dig them up and move them to where I can find them. NOT that I will harvest any, I just want them to spread like wild fire. Isn’t it weird how what we want to spread doesn’t and what we don’t want does?

 

The Vernonia baldwini is beginning to strut it’s stuff. Some people just call it Ironweed, but it is also known as Baldwin’t Ironweed and Western Ironweed, There are 671 accepted species in this genera, some of which are very important medicinal herbs. Butterflies, bees and other various pollinating flies love this plant!

 

We have several Persimmon trees, but this one is the main one. Strongly, this year it has very few persimmons. I saw one in the fence row behind the hay field that has a few and I didn’t know it was there until Sunday. The webworms love persimmon and walnut trees. Last year there were a lot on this tree and there will be more later.

 

This is the main hay field… I already removed the 17 bales and now the grass and clover are growing very good again. I will put the cows in here later like I did last year. Dad never did that and kind of didn’t like that idea. BUT, it is beneficial for many reasons. Dad doesn’t like to spend money for seed or fertilizer which eventually takes a toll on the soil which then allows the sage grass to grow and spread. I read where 80-90% of what the cow eats goes out in manure… When you cut hay it strips away plant material so it doesn’t decay and feed the soil (like grass clippings do when you mow the yard). SO, grazing the cows on the field adds fertilizer. I just have to harrow in the spring to spread it around.

NOW, I am walking through the hayfield back down to where I store the hay for the winter…

These 17 bales came off the main hay field. The south hay field made 10 bales and another 7 from a small patch behind the south hay field… Dad doesn’t normally bale hay back there, but it was vary thick, mostly fescue with some letpideza. I told dad I wasn’t going to run the cows in there because I was going to have it baled. It was very thick so it made 4 bales.

I have something special to show you behind the bales next to the fence…

Well, these weeds are are not what I wanted to show you, but I have to walk through them to get there…

There are many mulberry trees on the farm, but this is the grandaddy of them all. It was an old tree when I was a kid and it is still alive. 

It is all gnarly but that adds to it’s character and wisdom. Kind of like when we get old. get grey hair and wrinkles. Just think of how many birds and insects have landed and crawled on this tree. This tree has probably also been struck by lightening several times, too. It isn’t very tall for it’s age and there is a MUCH taller one in the back of the farm.

After that I walked back to the, uh, back yard. You know, it is very confusing explaining a location here. There are two yards. One is where my grandparents home was and the other is where our house is now, which used to me one of grandpa’s gardens and apple orchard. Then there is the chicken yard, which really isn’t a chicken yard since the chickens stay in the house (unless I am feeling nice). Maybe I should make a map and mark the different areas so I can just say area A, B, etc.

 

Not much has happened lately except I did repot a few plants. The Amorphophallus is now in a new pot. Now, when some of you think of this genus, you may think of the Voodoo Lily, or maybe not. Voodoo Lily is a name given to several plants in the Arum (Araceae) family or aroids, which includes species in the DracunculusSauromatum,  and Typhonium genre. Even though many people call many of these plants Voodoo Lily, I think the only one that is the actual Voodoo Lily is the Sauromatum venosum. The name Amorphophallus comes from the greek word amorphos which means “without form or misshapen” and the word phallos which means “penis” which is in reference to the shape of the plants spadix. GEEZ!!! My computer’s new hard drive just learned a lot of new words!

SINCE I was given this plant by Wagler’s Greenhouse and someone gave it to her, she had so idea what the plant even was let alone the species. There are about 200 species of Amorphophallus… Luckily the leaves on the other genera are different so at least I know it is an Amorphophallus.

 

My new bromeliad, Callisia fragrans (Grandpa’s Pipe, Inch Plant, etc.) has a new pot. I think it should be in a hanging basket or at least on something up high so the, um, stems can hang down. One of them was sitting another pot and started taking root! I mean, growing roots. It didn’t take roots… Why do we say “take root” anyway?

 

The Tradescantia sillamontana (White Velvet, White Gossamer Plant, Hairy Wandering Jew, etc.) is really growing good this year.

 

When my sister was here to the greenhouses, she wanted a Baby Tears plant… I had no idea what plant she was talking about so she asked Mrs. Wagler. She told her it was this plant and my sister was happy (with the plant anyway). When my sister was leaving, I took a piece off of her plant. She exclaimed, “What are you doing?” I should have told her, “I a just being me.” Anyway, she said, “Alright”. But her tone did not say that. Now, folks… To me this looks like a species of Sedum and not like photos of “Baby Tears” online. It has serrated leaves, like a Sedum, but it is growing weirder than a Sedum… Baby’s Tears is Soleirolia soleirolii, which is also called Angel’s Tears and Mind-Your-Own-Business. I have news for you, sis… This is NOT a Soleirolia soleirolii. I just don’t know what it is… YET. I will tell you this much, it is doing very good!

 

My other Bromeliad, Billbergia nutans (Queen’s Tears, Angel’s Tears) is doing AWESOME as usual and flowering AGAIN. A very good friend of mine in Mississippi, Walley Morse, gave me this plant several years ago.  I have been needing to repot it for several years… It needs divided REALLY BAD!!!

It has just started and it’s flowers get MUCH longer. It reminds me of a Hermit Crab for some reason…

I also repotted several other plants but it’s time to leave this area for now…

 

This is the foundation of what used to be grandpa and grandma’s old house. This is where I lived from April 1981 until July 1987. The garden is in the upper left corner. The beds, where the Hosta are, and under the trees in the upper right corner. A few years after my parents had their manufactured home made and moved in, dad decided to get rig of the old house. SO, he gave it to the Amish. There were going to move it, but they realized they may have a problem getting it over the “hill” where the railroad tracks were. SO, they tore it down. They put the shingles from the roof and other stuff inside the foundation… SO, here it still sits like that. In my opinion…. This is a MUCH better place for a home and everything else just kind of fits around it. Grandpa had a plan where everything went, like the gardens, the orchards, the chicken house, the barn, etc. It was very functional and it worked well. Nothing was very far away. They should have torn down this house and put their new one in this same spot.

 

This is one of my beds for the “younger” Colocasia esculenta. They would do much better with more sun, but… I don’t really need them to do much better.

 

This is the north side of our house… I know, the algae needs cleaned off AGAIN! We are thinking about buying a power washer. I don’t want to go through the whole list of plants in this north bed. You have seen them all before on other posts already.

 

These are dad’s red Canna’s. They were in the bed on the south side of the house but I moved them to the north side of the garage. I should have spaced them out farther when I transplanted them because after just a couple of years they are overcrowded. SO, that is on my “to-do” list for this fall or next spring.

 

This weird plant decided to come up under the steps of the back porch. I let it grow because I wanted to see what it would grow in to. WOW!!! Did it ever grow in to something!

WHAT A WEIRD PLANT!!! The stems are very stiff and the flowers are so tiny… Where did it come from? I have no clue because I haven’t seen any other plants like it anywhere else on the farm. SO, here I go again. My research disorder is kicking in but I need to get this post finished. It has already been 2 days, make that 3 now, since I started writing it.

 

The south bed is looking really good! The Marigolds think they are the dominant plant and are trying to crowd out the plants in the middle row… I have cleaned up this bed a little since this photo was taken and I really need to cut the flower/seed stems off of the Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum).

OH MY GOODNESS!!! There will be THOUSANDS come up next year! Not to mention the Marigolds and Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’!.

 

The cows are out in the front pasture now. They were pretty disappointed earlier when I went into the hay field and didn’t let them go up the lane to the back pasture. They were still waiting when I came back…

Well, that is it for this post!!! I have taken photos since these for other posts that will have be retaken. The photos that get outdated get moved to the various folders and to the pages to the right (eventually). It is a work in progress. My first Belmont Rooster blog didn’t take so long it seems. Everything was saved so when I did my second one it was a matter of copying and pasting. Well, most of those word documents were deleted so most of the pages now have to be started over again from scratch. I will NOT make that mistake again. Both not deleting the blog or the word documents…

Well, I better close for now. It its already Wednesday evening at 10:45. Until next time, take care, be happy, stay healthy, become prosperous if you aren’t already (you can prosper in many ways), and GET DIRTY!!! Go outside, take a deep breath. Listen to the sounds around you and take time to just embrace your life and the life around you. Live, love and learn!

18 comments on “Sunday Stroll

  1. A wonderful share, beautiful walk. loved that you saw that Moth on the bark.. The deer too, And enjoyed seeing your plants Sometimes when you let nature have her head, she makes a greater job of things than we do lol.
    Many thanks for sharing

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    • Well, the moth wasn’t on the tree when i saw it. It fell on the ground when I opened the little roosters coop door. Then I picked it up and put it on the tree. It didn’t seem to be able to fly very well. A lot of life in nature does a very good job taking care of itself, but a lot of things struggle. Even without man’s involvement it struggles. It makes me wonder… LOL, I just came up for an idea for a post! Thanks for the comment, Sue, and glad you liked the post!

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  2. Jim R says:

    You could zoom into your farm with Google Maps, take a screen shot, and label the areas you are showing us in pictures.

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  3. I’d love to see a map.
    Here in west Wales it’s traditional to put cattle on the fields after the hay crop has been taken. In fact, they usually don’t go on until the autumn and they stay there (at low density) until March, perhaps. It stops coarse grasses getting a hold and their feet break up to turf to allow new plants to establish. This is how we end up with really diverse hay meadows… not what the big commercial farmers want, but good for wildlife and livestock health.
    Lovely plant photos as ever.

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    • Hello there, Dr. Jan! Some farmers around here even run cattle on their fields after their corn is harvested, although not as common as when I was a kid. There are several reasons to run cattle on hayfields over the winter. After the hay is baled and the grass regrows a little, then I will put the cows in the hay field. The guy who baled our hay this year cut it shorter than the last guy. When cattle over graze pastures and the grass becomes so short they can hardly eat, the weeds take hold and that is not good. Then when the cows walk through the weeds they can get pink eye. Dad doesn’t like the cows in the back pasture right now because there are two bulls across the fence and he thinks they might fight. I watched them and they do their thing for a while then walk away. The two bulls in the other pasture have LOTS of cows to keep their attention. He doesn’t want the cows in the hay field either… I did it last year anyway and I will do it again this year. I just have to get them off in mid-late April. Thanks for the comment.

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      • It’s so interesting to hear about this (I used to be an agricultural ecologist). In west Wales, ponies also used to be commonly grazed on hay meadows over the winter. Mind you, in those days most meadows were cut with a scythe, so they were never ‘shaved’ very short!

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  4. hairytoegardener says:

    What a great place. You have so very much. That mulberry tree is amazing. I wonder how old it is.?

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    • I kind of like it here but it would be better if there was no “F” or “S”. OH, I’m sorry, you don’t know what I mean by “F” or “S” like my followers from the blog before. “F” is frost or freeze and “S” is for snow. It would be interesting to know how old the tree is but it doesn’t want to tell me it’s age. There was a HHHHUUUUGGGGGEEEEE old oak tree in the fence row north of the chicken house. It blew over in the early 1980’s and came VERY CLOSE to hitting the chicken house which was about 170 feet away… There were several old fences inside the tree. I remember as a kid the migrating birds roosting in that tree. Several men started sawing up the tree at different times but it took several years before it was all gone. It was SO AWESOME as are all big old trees. Thanks for th comment!

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  5. Such a gorgeous walk. So many things to see, smell, listen, take note of. Thank you for taking us with you.

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    • Great to meet you, Damyanti! Glad you enjoyed the walk! I visited your blog and I will be back for more. 🙂 I think I subscribed but I am not certain, but I have saved you on my reading list and joined on Facebook. 🙂

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