4 o clock

4 o clock


4 o clock

Our hummers came full force between Sept. 11-13 at our yard and feeders. Between six and seven birds. Most likely all passing migrants. Last hummer female or juvenile was on the 18th of this month. Hard to tell if we were counting repeats. Also our best monarch migration that Sue and I have seen in a very long time.The best site of the day has to be some obscure one that was going to die if it didn’t update. When it does update with a new post, you get your dose of that reality you need to survive for the day. The best site is 4 o clock. And if you’re wondering why I think 4 o clock is the best site of the day, it’s because it’s the most unchanged.Another weed my dad seemed to intensely dislike was the wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata). They are blooming now and I have been noticing a lot of them along the road so it seemed like a perfect time to write about them.


Notes: Wild Cucumber is indigenous to the Garden but now an ex-resident. Eloise Butler noted its presence on May 25, 1907 and planted seedlings in 1916. It was listed on Martha Crone's 1951 Garden census - she had also planted it in 1947 - but absent by the time of the 1986 census. Wild Cucumber is found throughout most of North America except for the far north Canadian Provinces and a few states in SE U.S. along with California and Nevada. In Minnesota is has been found throughout the state with the most absences (18 counties) in the western half. Wild Cucumber and Bur Cucumber (mentioned above) are the only two representatives of the Cucurbitaceae family found in Minnesota.

Create an Integrated Pest Management plan (IPM) combining different control strategies to manage these plants and promote the desired plant community While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources. Comments: Wild Cucumber is a specialized desert cucumber surviving harsh arid conditions with strategies that include a large tuberous root. It quickly sends up succulent fleshy-like stems which are frost sensitive. Early spring freezes will result in loss of new growth and new shoots by emerge two or more times per season. (Source: southwestdesertflora.com)



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