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The weather is mild and marvelous here in the Greater Cincinnati area. The clear blue skies are making handsome backgrounds for the 'Skyline' honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) trees already displaying brilliant golden yellow foliage. The sugarberry (Celtis laevigata) and sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) trees are changing to yellow and russet now too. I think we're in for a colorful autumn this year! Thanks for visiting! Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   Sept 28, 2014


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anise hyssop
Vigna angularis

Adzuki bean, also known as red bean, (Vigna angularis) is grown extensively in Asia for human consumption. The beans are used in both savory and sweet dishes as the have a nutty flavor and a natural sweetness. Read about the adzuki bean, a tender warm season annual to grow in USDA Zones 8 - 10.

Picture Gallery

cornelian cherry
Cornelian Cherry

The ripe fruits of the cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) this dogwood species are deep reddish brown. Because of its similar color, there is a semiprecious gemstone called carnelian, a variant of "cornelian".The Click to download a large version (800x600) to wallpaper your computer desktop.

fairy fanflower
Pink Fairy Fanflower

You might be familiar with the more common blue flowered version of the fairy fanflower (Scaevola aemula.). I saw pink fairy fanflower being sold in hanging baskets with lantana in colorful late summer combinations. Click to download a large version (800x600) for your desktop.

green ash in fall color
Green Ash

At this time of year the beautiful 'Marshall's Seedless' green ash trees (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) turn brilliant yellow. But the beauty in this picture was cut down last week, a victim of the emerald ash borer insect. This is at my Mom's condo in Northern Kentucky. This region is experiencing maximum die-off of ash trees now as years of insect deprivations have taken a toll on both the green ash and American ash (Fraxinus americana) species. It's a very sad situation. Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this image to display on your computer desktop.

Visit the Wallpaper Browser page to see more than 1,500 larger format (800x600px) plant images. Links to these images are also present in the title area of each Plant Profile.

Articles & Resources

Make Your Own Sauerkraut
Make Your Own Sauerkraut

Cabbage is one of the easiest vegetables to grow - and one of the healthiest to eat. Sauerkraut is just naturally fermented cabbage and is a "living food" (contains live microbiological cultures like yogurt). It is also very easy to make at home so read this article and eat healthy in 2014!


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Field Trip to Africa
Travels in Africa

Bruce Bohm writes about the incredible plants that he and his wife Lesley, a botanical illustrator, encountered on his recent trip to South Africa. Click here for menu.

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery

Spring Flowering Bulbs

tulip
'Salmon Impression' Tulip

Unlike many other tulip varieties, the Darwin Hybrid tulips (Tulipa spp.) return year after year to produce beautiful blooms. 'Salmon Impression' is a Darwin Hybrid and one of my favorite tulips. . Click to download a large version (800x600) of this picture and other images from the Tulip Wallpaper Gallery.

daffodil
'Ice Follies' Daffodil

Most of the daffodil (Narcissus spp.) species and varieties will naturalize (become perennial additions to your garden). 'Ice Follies' is a popular cultivar with a large yellow "cup" that fades to white as the blossom ages. Download a large version of this picture and other images from the Daffodil Wallpaper Gallery.

Dutch hyacinth
Hyacinth

Fragrant and stately, the Dutch hyacinths . (Hyacinthus orientalis.) are easy to grow. Even the ones I plant in my sandy North Florida garden returned dependably year after year although exactly when was hard to predict . Depending on the weather that might appear anytime between Thanksgiving and Easter! Up north plant they'll appear in early to late spring depending on climate Download a large version of this picture and other images from the Hyacinth Wallpaper Gallery.


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Berry Bushes for Birds


'Winterthur' Possumhaw

The possumhaw (Viburnum nudum) cultivar 'Winterthur' produces large crops of berries that are important sources of nutrition for many bird species and other wildlife (like possums). I think these ripening beauty berries are particularly pretty in pink.


Another Possumhaw

Haw is a generic term for a berrylike fruit so when possums like to eat those fruits some people will refer to that plant as possumhaw ' - in this case referring to the species Ilex decidua - when that can't think up a better name. Possumhaw Wallpaper Gallery.


Yaupon Holly

I'm not sure that possums like yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) berries but a lot of other animals and birds do. Yaupon holly is a southern species that grows in wetlands, ditches and other wet areas. Yaupon cultivars are used in landscaping for sheared hedges and specimen plants.

Autumn Leaves

hydrangea leaves in autumn
Hydrangea quercifolia

When the flowers begin to fade, colorful autumn foliage on shrubs and trees will keep the scene interesting. If you don't have the space for a sugar maple tree in your yard, you can propably find room for a beautiful native shrub like the oakleaf hydrangea, seen here with autumn's burgundy foliage.

More shrub species with colorful autumn leaves:
arrow-wood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii)
honeycups (Zenobia pulverulenta)
mayberry (Vaccinium elliottii)
pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei)
rusty black-haw (Viburnum rufidulum)
serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)
shining sumac (Rhus copallinum)
sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia)
sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus)
Virginia willow(Itea virginica)
witch-alder (Fothergilla major)
mayberry (Vaccinium elliottii)
rusty black-haw (Viburnum rufidulum)
Carolina buckthorn (Rhamnus caroliniana)

turkey oak in autumn
Quercus laevis

This oak has a southern distribution, occurring in Florida and the southeastern United States. Turkey oak is a small shrubby tree that is not dependably colorful in the fall but when conditions are right the it makes a colorful autumn sight.

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crocus
'Pickwick' Crocus

Plant crocus and other spring-flowering bulbs now. Crocus is among the earliest bloomers, sometimes their jewel-like flowers appear while snow is still on the ground.

More spring-flowering bulbs that are planted in autumn (now!):
crocus (Crocus spp.)
daffodil (Narcissus spp.)
grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.)
hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)
snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
tulip (Tulipa spp.)
winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)



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