observing nature

i can watch nature for many years and begin to feel comfortable.  to know what to expect.  except that i have been watching one aspect and never considered others.  like a year like this when normal is stretched and twisted into something new.  not quite winter.  not quite fall.  something more confused.  will it get cold enough to stop plant growth ?   will it stay warm enough that plant growth never quite stops ?  will the weather jump up and down so that neither the plant or i know what to expect ?   plants can only store so much energy.  a year like this can test that energy store.  it can make the difference  between survival or elimination.  or it can mark the start of a slow decline.  take a look at the notes mother nature has left for us.  things like glacial groove left by mile thick ice.  things like fossils of palms  where no palm grows today  and snow rules for 3 or 4 months of the year.  or fossil sea creatures where today there is no ocean and those sea creatures are found nowhere except that fossil.  mother nature plays by a different set of rules and that trip around the game board to pass go and collect $200 dollars is a much longer trip.  four images and a couple of closing questions.  what is the natural pollinator of daylilies ?  ( clue most daylilies do not rely on seeds for reproduction ).   second question : are daylilies a dry region or wet region type of plant ?

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9 thoughts on “observing nature

  1. woodlandgnome

    A beautiful post, John; and point well taken. Nature is always changing things up. But if memory serves, the daylily is a fairly old genus of flowering plants. They have survived a very long time in a variety of climates. Those fleshy roots can carry the plant through many adverse conditions. Wet or dry? My guess is it can survive in both….. so long as its not desert dry….. Ours are ‘like weeds’ in our damp conditions here. Except we rarely see a bloom since they prove so tasty to the miscreant deer who sneak through our fences to feast on sweet flower buds. Thank you for these thoughtful reminders, John. Just please don’t tell us that daylilies are pollinated by flies or ants…. I like to believe that various bees care for them. Best wishes, WG

  2. cynthiamvoss

    I agree, the weather is very confusing this year. Is it just one if those things, because of el nino, or is this the beginning of a new weather pattern due to climate change? Time will tell. I wish you and your garden the best for 2016 and beyond. To answer the questions, my guesses are 1) self-pollinating, 2) I tend to see wild ones in shady, well-drained spots, so dry?

  3. Gone Wild

    From the high desert of Wyoming: any plant that isn’t sagebrush has a brief lifespan- if one wants iris or daylilies they must be replanted every 2-3 years and it gets expensive, so I finally decided to xeriscape the yard. Wildflowers are rare. We only get 6-8″ of precip. per year.


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