Have you cleaned up your garden?

Don’t!

drooping-flowers

You may see a mess, but but birds see this.

mexican-sunflower-seedhead

Seeds! Food, glorious food!

sunflower-gone-to-seed

Maybe they haven’t gotten around to picking them out, but they will if you let the flower stalks stand.

 

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One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

It’s fall, and plants are doing what they do…

mystery #163

And idea what this is from?

Post your guesses in the comments and I’ll check back later!

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These are the seedpods of a common wildflower that grows throughout North America. After we did some research, we squirrels can guess why you humans might avoid this rather invasive plant–its scientific name, Apocynum, means ‘Away dog’! Indian Hemp or Dogbane, Apocynum cannabinum, is poisonous to dogs and livestock if ingested. We squirrels are staying away from it and suggest you humans  do the same.

indian hemp, dogbane

The leaves are opposite and simple little lobes, the flowers are whitish-green (not the purple flowers in the background!) and attract butterflies in late summer. We thought we might have photos of the tiny blossoms, but we don’t so perhaps you’d like to see them on this Primitive Ways website, which also shows how you can gather the stalks and make cord from them.