Thursday, April 08, 2010

Yard Life

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I've already posted photos of azaleas taken earlier this year, but those were at the mall. These come from the hedge in my yard, so that makes me doubly happy. They've arrived later than usual this year due to our colder-than-normal winter. Rhododendron species, Family Ericaceae (Heath Family).

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These Indian Hawthorne bushes grow in our front yard:

Indian Hawthorne
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Raphiolepis indica, Rose family. According to the University of Florida, this shrub is native to southern China despite its name.

A close-up of one of the flowers:

Indian Hawthorne Flower
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Mary calls this next plant "Dragon's Blood Daisies."

Florida Tasselflower
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Florida Tasselflower, Emilia fosbergii, Asteraceae (Daisy) Family. Also known as Cupid's Shaving Brush.

This species is not a native, according to the University of South Florida's Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants. Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested, though it's "attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds," says Dave's Garden. The ones here grow alongside our back porch.

And our yard has fairly exploded with snapdragons!

A Yard Full of Snapdragons

I'm waiting for them to run their course before I start to weed-whack.

Here are a couple of small yellow flower species I haven't yet identified. In both cases, the flowers are around 1/4-inch across.

Five-Petaled Yellow Flower, Species TBD
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Yellow Flowers, Species TBD
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