Thursday, September 4, 2014

Phenological Events

Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate, as well as habitat factors (such as elevation)."                           

Here at Equinox Farm, it's more of an observation than a study and pretty much only involves one plant and one season.  

This is one of my favorite goldenrods, Solidago rugosa or "Fireworks".

It can be used for dyeing, but is also good food for bees and butterflies and general enjoyment without harvest.

It spends much of the summer training for fall by bulking up with green foliage.  By the middle of August it's setting out buds and the first week of September?

Get ready for some gold fireworks!**

Our flag from last year was too tattered to I'm making a bold prediction.

Go Packers!

** Yes, it does look like it might be a couple days away from full fireworks, but how the heck is a plant supposed to know we'd get the season opening Thursday night game?  It's ready ;-).


Leslie said...

Gorgeous bright colors against the shiny black fence!

Loved the Packers back in the day when Favre was there. And Aaron Rogers is funny in those commercials, so I'll go along with the Go Packers!

Jean said...


Alice said...

With it's green and yellow colors, fireworks definitely has Spirit wear !!!

Maureen said...

Even we like them - my hubby has a Packer's sweater - and we are in Canada!

Lovely shots as usual!

Fiona said...

Superb Photos and observations...I have an odd question is Renny? I often think of her and her indomitable spirit to survive!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Not an odd question! Renny's doing well :-D. I took some not great photos of her the other night and I promised her that I wouldn't post them, so I'll try for some new ones this evening for tomorrow's blog.

Lori Skoog said...

Well, does Saint Tim have all his snacks planned for the game? I don't know if there is a greater Packers fan out there. Nice photos by the way...something about those colors and the team.

Shirley said...

Lovely plant. Not much of a football fan though!

karen said...

golden rod lines my roads on my daily walk, it is the prettiest of yellows. you captured their beauty!!

Jan baby said...

I'm sure you wrapped up in the new Packer beach towel. so sad, the lot of you (hehehehe) (just friendly teasing)

sophy0075 said...

Rooting for the Redskins!

Lisa W said...

AND (back to goldenrod) it's the KY state flower, AND it's in the quilt that you painted on the side of your barn. Learned a lot when I visited you!


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