Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Common Field Speedwell

Common Field Speedwell (also known as Persian Speedwell)(Veronica persica)

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Black Walnut Bud

Close up of black walnut bud. The triangle below a smaller bud on the twig is called the leaf scar. And the marks inside this leaf scar are called bundle scars. This is where a vein from the leaf connected to the twig. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Gray Dogwood Buds

Here are a couple of examples of Gray Dogwood end buds. Sometimes as the top photo shows there are 2 buds. Normally there is just one bud.

Gray Dogwood is a tree/shrub that comes into an abandoned field and grows up in the grass. The tree will establish a forest cover. Later other trees will grow up under this type of tree. Deer enjoy browsing on this plant and N. Quail will eat its seeds.

This plant is used to plant on disturbed sites such as strip mining areas. Or roadside cover. The flower is attractive, even if it is not as nice as the Flowering Dogwood.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Eastern White Pine

White pines have 5 needles in a bundle. They are fine needles which are not stiff at all.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bur Oak Bud

Here is a close up of a Bur oak bud. Oak buds have multiple buds at the end of the twig.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

American Basswood Bud

I have some extention tubes to add on to my camera lens. Now I am able to get better close ups of the trees I watch. This is the best one of the Basswood tree I took the other day. The red buds are distinctive. 

Nature seems drab in the winter. But when you get up close there is much to draw my interest. These red buds are a delight.