Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Watermelon Planting Hills Located in Indiana

Watermelon planting hills surrounded by black plastic in Clark County, Indiana. Bricks and metal rods are used to weigh down the plastic. The plastic sheets are used to control weeds, trap moisture, and raise the heat of the planting hills they surround.

A small Charleston Gray watermelon plant emerging from the ground.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Indiana Roses

Pictures of different roses from around southern Indiana.






Cresent Moon

Here are some moon pictures taken a number of mornings ago right as the sun was rising. I darkened the photo background with Photoshop.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Roses at Indiana University Southeast

Here are some pictures of some roses blooming on the Indiana University Southeast campus located in New Albany, Indiana.







Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Orange Tiger Lilies

These are pictures of orange tiger lilies blooming in Jeffersonville, Indiana (right across the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky).





Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Yellow Flowering Creeping Sedum

This is one powerful ground cover plant. It came in with some Siberian Irises but is now overrunning those flowers. Its common name is Creeping Sedum or Mexican Sedum. Its scientific name is Sedum mexicanum.

The leaves remind me of a succulent but it is almost vine like. The plants have taken over a meter by 40 cm area in two growing seasons.







Saturday, May 16, 2009

Purple and White Siberian Iris

The Siberian Iris (scientific name: iris sibirica) has a narrower leaf that the larger irises blooming in the garden. This hardy flowering plant is now in bloom in the gardens in Louisville, Kentucky and southern Indiana. Pictures here show it in purple and white.








Friday, May 15, 2009

Locust Tree Flower

Here is a white or ivory flower cluster of the locust tree. There were only two flower clusters left on this tree when it caught me attention. The tree is located in Clark County, Indiana right across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.

If I remember, this tree is a quick grower but the limbs break easily in strong winds.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lavender Rhododendron Flowers

The rhododendron is blooming. It always seems to have a rough time during the winter and 25% of the plant died. It has a very nice light purple or lavender color.



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dendrites - A Pretty Pseudofossil

The black plant looking shapes in these pictures are dendrites. Sometimes referred to as pseudofossils or ferns, they are mineral formations created by water making its way into rock fissures. The water evaporates or flows off and leaves these black (manganese oxide) shapes behind.

The shapes remind me of images I have seen from graphed fractals in mathematics. This rock was found in Louisville, Kentucky (Jefferson County) while looking for fossils in the Silurian and Devonian rock layers. The rock layer is sometimes referred to as the Louisville or Jeffersonville limestone layer.