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06-19-2019, 01:23 AM - 1 Like   #2116
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Coreopsis, AKA tickseed, doing well now from seed scattered in a wildflower mix I scatter on the slope behind behind our house
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Coreopsis, AKA tickseed, doing well now from seed scattered in a wildflower mix I scatter on the slope behind behind our house

Really beautiful, Walt.

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Last evening the low sun was filtering into our yard and highlighting just a few spots, so I thought I would see what I could do with that.

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Really beautiful, Walt.TT

Thanks Tony. I was pleased with how the second image turned out.
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sooc jpeg with the gr iii after lots of rain

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Sunday morning garden tour with the big kit

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These two still looked good while the majority of lady slippers had faded, but it's certain these two are now gone.

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Nicely done Paul.

From me - a toad's-eye perspective on lady slippers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Nicely done Paul.

From me - a toad's-eye perspective on lady slippers.
Thanks Walt! I almost hate to admit that was taken with a phone cam - getting lazy in my old age, I guess

Nice shooting yourself - I don't think I've ever seen that flower in the wild, either in Texas or here in Calif.
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Thanks Walt! I almost hate to admit that was taken with a phone cam - getting lazy in my old age, I guess

Nice shooting yourself - I don't think I've ever seen that flower in the wild, either in Texas or here in Calif.
I just checked the distribution of pink lady slipper and it's pretty much entirely east of the Mississippi including Minnesota, but not in Florida. That suggests the plant prefers moist slightly acidic soil. It may be true of a number of the North American orchids as some rare ones are confined to acidic and boggy areas in southern New Jersey ("pine barrens") and North Carolina.

ADDENDUM: I just did a little more checking. There are only two orchids that grow in California, the California Lady Slipper (multiple white blossoms along the stem) which is only found in a few restricted high-altitude locations in northernmost California and adjacent Oregon, and the Mountain Lady Slipper (looks similar to the ubiquitous pink lady slipper in the image I posted, but it is white) which is only found at high altitude in the Sierras.

And as best I can determine, no orchids are native to Texas. Soils are probably too alkaline and also perhaps dry.

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Minnesota's state flower is the pink and white lady slipper.
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