As the title for this post says, I’m going to use this a sort of dump point for stuff I’d like to identify eventually. It will allow me to put up post quicker, I think, as well as keeping them all in one place so I can find them easily when I get the chance to look them up. Also, I’ll be able to add pictures to them as I see them again, but maybe later in the season, or even the next year, to see if fall color, bloom shape or color, or even a second year’s growth help me track them down.
I’ll probably also be adding pictures or video of birds, insects…whatever.
I’m starting this August 30, 2017. And next update September 5, 2017. I’m adding a few things, as well as adding this note. Since I have the Lepidoptery page, I’ll be putting what is it butterflies, moths, caterpillars etc. there. Also, some of the pictures are probably in a blog somewhere, as token “I looked at this too, today” pictures, and then I left the bulk for here. I know there’s probably going to be a lot of “I don’t know” added, and not a lot of “Oh, I figured out” for now. I’m hoping that after fall knocks down the plant population, and winter really slows down the diversity of what I’m seeing, there will be less to take pictures that need ID around, and if anything, just ones of “ooh look how pretty”. Then I can spend the winter ID’ing the stuff I’ve hoarded away here… I hope. Or at least figure out what to look for next year when I see more.
September 10: I’m adding even more pictures, and I think I’m going to try to jump ahead, and instead of waiting to post the placeholders before I put up the whole clump (of which the placeholders are representative) here, I’m going to put as many of the clumps here as I can get to today, and then catch up with the placeholders later…we’ll see if that’s any more efficient than the other way around.
So, here we go!
This one is from down by the stream intersection where Kyle “gets wet” when it’s hot and we’re jogging. I’m not sure how easy it will be to track down the one, as it was a casualty of one of the near “ELE” (ok ok, not exactly an Extinction Level Event) … ok, in one of the Great Whacking Events where the road maintenance crews mowed the edges of the road (allowing you to see things like coons and deer a bit before they get on the road if you’re lucky, buying you an extra moment of OHMYGOSHBREAK!!! ). I can’t remember the date off the top of my head, but I’d say it was either mid-late July or early August.
I can’t remember where I took these pictures, but they were taken, probably, between mid July and early August, probably along the jogging route. I think they’re a kind of milkweed based on flower shape, but I don’t think it’s the common one.
The next one is a shrub or small tree near the edge of our property, along the road, near the old gas well (on the neighbors field). I’m pretty sure I have some more recent pictures of it, but again, these are from mid-July to early August.
These are clovers, I think there’s two types here (maybe three?). I’d like to do a tad of research on them, because I’ve always kinda known what they were without really knowing anything about them other than they are nitrogen fixers with rood nodules and a bacteria buddy and stuff like that…but not really what kind they are (or kinds) or where they’re from (native? invasive? alien but naturalized well?). These are from early August 2017. (and added Sept 5 2017).
This was added September 5, and taken early August, 2017. I’m pretty sure there’s something called “Creeping Johnny” (probably more on it anon eventually, the kind of rounded leaves with toothed edges), as well as some sort of sorrel (probably wood sorrel, the shamrock-esque leaves), and probably a knotgrass or knotweed or whatever (I forgot, I looked it up a while ago–it’s the one with the pink flowers and pointed oval leaves, this one is the invasive Japanese one I think, not one of then natives). Also, and the subject of the picture, and what this segment will focus on is the Confusing Strawberry Like 3-leaves with serrations. And I’m not sure if this one is strawberry of some kind, ‘virginia strawberry’ which isn’t actually strawberry if I understand things, cinquefoil (it’s a tad light and less than shiny to be that I think?), or something else. I’ll be building a repository of various examples of similar leaves so I can get a handle on them, by comparison and contrasting them in one place.
I’m pretty sure this is Wood Sorrel, but I’m including it here because I’d like to check if that’s the stuff we get here in PA. It looks an awful lot like what we got in Wisconsin and da UP. These pictures are from early August, and uploaded Sept 5, 2017. I’d also like to have it here, so I can compare it to things like the clovers, because as a kid, I’d assumed they were distant relatives, but I was wrong. I’m pretty sure the sorrel is related to shamrocks (or vice versa), and I think it might be edible? I somehow remember something somewhere I read saying something like the name “sorrel” is sort of a corruption of “sour” because they have a bitter or sour tasting leaves… maybe tangy! As you can see, depending on if it’s being baked in the sun in a drained soil, the leaves sort of fold and clamp, but if it’s in the shade in a nice moist (not sloppy) location, it seems a lot perkier!
Added Sept 5, from earlier in the summer 2017. This is on the far end of the property along the road edge…It’s a big shrub, and I am not sure what it is… I suspect an asian honeysuckle might be something to rule out, but that’s just a wild guess, the leaves are a tad leathery in my thought but there are a bunch of Asian honeysuckles invading now that we’ve brought them over.
Sept 5 added older pictures: I’ve looked this one up, somewhat, and concluded I think it’s a St. John’s Wort, but I don’t think it’s THE St. John’s Wort (Saint John’s Wort?) that’s the medically touted one… it doesn’t have the oil glands in the leaves… but it doesn’t look quite like any of the other ones I’ve found as options… there’s a shrubby or bushy one which was close. The plan was (and I’m pretty sure I mentioned this when I posted these on the regular page) to keep an eye on it in case leaf color in the fall or fruit/nutlet/whatever seed it makes helps… but then it was a victim of the original GME (Great Mow Event)… but I think some survived, or a nearby relative along the road did, so I do have other pictures to add later.
I think this is some relative of Bee-Balm and Wild Bergamont…I still have trouble keeping that set separate…the red one, the white one(s), …the pink one(s)… I do know the red one is really pretty. Even if it’s not a close relative of this set, I’m pretty sure it’s some sort of mint. Sept 5 posted, from mid summer 2017.
September 5. These are probably Ninebark from July 24. I looked it up earlier but would have to leave the page to double check. I’m putting this and a few other’s I think I know what they are here, so I can keep a check on how they progress through the seasons. I’ll be able to learn them better this way, as well as if something interesting or contradictory pops up, I’ll be able to adjust my tentative identification.
Sept. 5, pictures from earlier in the summer, I think this might be Blackhaw Viburnum? I looked it up earlier and I think that’s what it is (I’d have to leave this page to check though). I keep waiting for the fruits to turn purple, they’ve been there since way earlier in the summer. These pictures are from July 24.
Sept. 5, from July 24. I think this is Arrowwood Viburnum. Like some of the previous ones, I looked it up, but to be exact I’d have to go to another page and come back, and right now I’m on a roll here. I’m adding it here so I can keep putting up more pictures of it as it changes with the seasons.
Here are more pictures of this same group of plants from later in the season, taken August 8 and posted September 10.
The following is a little triumph of mine… it’s sad the small things that can mean so much. I remember my dad’s parent’s yard, and even as a young kid, I noticed the grass had a couple purple flowers in it… and had an interesting smell. I never really sat down with a guide book and figured out what they were, but one day I ran across Heal All in a medicinal plant book, and I was like “Wow! I know what those purple flowers are… but wait, the leaves are wrong…?” And so, I ‘m sure that there was Heal All in their yard, but since I got good at identifying Heal All, I know that yes those were the flowers, but there must have been something else in the yard too, and I kind of remember it had purple flowers, or there were another kind of purple flowers down there in the grass. And the smell…some smells, especially ones ya smell when young, get sort of locked in and associated with certain places or things in your mind…and the Heal All doesn’t have that smell. And then once and a while, I’d notice these leaves in lawns, usually. And I’d never get around to looking it up.
And eventually, in a phone conversation with my Dad, he said something about hearing on a radio program about an invasive plant species called Creeping Johnny, and how he thought there might be some moving into the lawn under the black walnut tree… and that there’s not a lot you can do to get rid of it unless you get really chemically active. So there was a name-ping for Creeping Johnny, but I didn’t associate this leaf with it yet. Then I was looking up mints or something, some other plant, and the results narrowed down by some of the criteria I used for the other plant popped this up in the results, too…and I was like OH HEY OH MY GOSH FINALLY. I’d been having real trouble nailing this one down because I didn’t have a great way to narrow it down without getting really technical with the leaf shapes and stuff…which I’m not super great at. I’ve not seen it flower lately, so I only remember I think it was kind of a tubular light purpe-lilacish color… Sometimes that’s how you find out what something is… you build up an identity for something but don’t have a name, but you recognize it anyway….just don’t know what to call it (or come up with a nickname, like the infamous “twit bird” it took Dad and Mom and I about 2 years to figure out… I finally accidentally spotted one making the noise, then also flipping over to the obvious Least Flycatcher call… so suddenly I could put a name on that sound). Anyway… here ya go, that’s what I’m pretty sure this is… Creeping Johnny. It’s terribly invasive, tenacious, and durable… it seems to like lawns.
I’m going to start this group (September 10 edit) on “Hickory” because I think I may have pictures of several species, but I’m still not great at telling them apart…unless it’s when I’m looking at a venerable old specimen of Shag bark (?shagbark?) Hickory, because the namesake bark is super strip-py and peel-ly and basically shaggy. However, here’s what I’ve got now.
These are from August 8 near where Kyle ‘gets wet’ in the ditch about 1/2 mile from our house, or just under.
And here are some other plants I’m still trying to identify.
I have nicknamed the following (from August 8) “Thick Lace” because of the leaves. I’m not sure what it is…but I suspect it’s not native. I’d like to be wrong.
Here’s another from August 8, I have nicknamed it “Tiny Whitey” because it’s got tiny white flowers. It helps me to give things nicknames, because I can then build an identity for the plant under it, and then just remember what the real name is when I find out… as in “Oh yes, I used to call that “tiny whitey” but now I remember I figured it out it’s… (blah, I don’t know yet)”
This is possibly Autumn Olive. I’m hoping to get around to confirming it’s ID before the end of the autumn, because it’s berries/fruits are edible and supposed to be tasty…but despite thinking of taking a nibble most days when I jog past, I’d rather make sure of my ID before I ingest something new, especially when I know there are some honeysuckle species which have poisonous berries…sooo yah, I think, but am not sure it’s Autumn Olive and that’s just enough for me not to nibble.
These pictures are from August 8.
I’ve nicknamed the next ones (from August 8) “Five Splay Vine”… because of the leaves. Yes, ok, I can’t count, but when I mentally nicknamed it, I didn’t take a really close look, just took some pictures because I was busy doing something else (I think I might have been in the middle of collecting the Egg-A-Day pictures, and went to check the mail as part of moving around the yard to do the egg stuff, and spotted this in the driveway). I have no clue what it is, but I’ll hope to find out eventually.
I’ve nicknamed this next set, from August 9, White Foamy Rocket. I’ll be adding some to my Lepidoptery page as well, but here it is as a flower.
Here is what I’ve nicknamed a Hzzzzzzz Hzzzzzz… I think it’s a grasshopper, or maybe some sort of cicada. There have been quite a lot of them. The videos are from August 14, I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the Hzzz.
Section Title : “Are any of these the Chom Chom?” The Chom Chom explained. This is a creature that can be heard around dusk and into the night starting sometime in the spring or early summer, and extending into the fall. I’ve never seen one making the noise, and they always seem to be up in a tree when I make the effort to track them down… and they seem to make a “ChomChom ChomChom” and occasionally they add a “ChomChomChom” in. Sometimes they sound like they are responding to other Choms in other trees, but I don’t know if that’s the case or if it’s just because of their rhythm/pattern to their call…. I’m not even sure if it’s a ‘call’ because I think it’s actually a noise produced by rubbing legs or wings or whatever on the body or something similar to cricket noises.
Starting this section, from August 14, are some pictures of some sort of green cicada or grasshopper or similar. I’m not sure they’re a Chom Chom… of course I’m not. I saw these when I tracked down a Hzzzzz Hzzzz.