Outdoor Hour Challenge- Lady’s Slipper and Adder’s Tongue

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Outdoor Hour Challenge

Lady’s Slipper and Adder’s Tongue Flower Studies

 

Inside Preparation Work:

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • If you find either of these flowers, use the suggestions in the Handbook of Nature Study to make careful observations in the field.
  • The Handbook suggests looking for bees visiting the lady’s slipper, noting how the pollen is transferred, how the insect is attracted to the flower, and if the insect gets trapped within the flower.
  • If you don’t have a adder’s tongue or lady’s slipper to observe, find some other interesting plant to study and look it up in your wildflower field guide.

Follow-Up Activities:

  • Sketch or paint any spring wildflower of your choice in your nature journal. Make note of any insect visitors you observed on your wildflower. There is a notebook page for each of this challenge’s flowers included in the ebook.
  • Advanced Study: Research any wild orchids in your area and create a nature journal page with a sketch and information you found interesting.
  • Advanced Study: Read about and then record in your nature journal information about bees and their role in pollination. Here is an excellent online source: USDA Bee Pollination. I also found this NPR article interesting: Wild Bees are Good for Crops… You might think about creating a nature journal entry in the style of one of the pages in this document: Native Wild Bees in Western Montana where you show the wildflower and then the bee that pollinates it.

 

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Tuesday Garden Party – Spring #1

Spring 1 Garden

This is the time of year that I dream about during the long dark days of winter. The time when we see the yard spring to life again and remember what green is like…at least for a little while. My front yard is ablaze with poppies, dogwood, California lilac, iris, and soon there will be sage and butterfly bushes to enjoy.

Cat Grass 1

One of the new things I am growing this year is a plant that I found in the Renee’s Garden seed listing. It is “cat grass” that you grow for your cats to eat. Mine have discovered their pot of cat grass and have decided it is delicious.

Cat Grass 2

I put the pot in the window near where the cats like to sit and look out on the birdfeeder. It didn’t take long for the seeds to sprout and grow! My cats are regular visitors to this plant now and I am going to sprout some more seeds in a pot outdoors.

Spring Deck 1

California Drought Year Four!!!!!

This year I have a few things growing in pots on the back deck. I will be adding some more seeds for veggies and flowers later this week. We are using a drip watering system for the first time here on the deck and I am excited about it. In the past, we have hand watered these pots every morning using water caught from the shower and water from a watering can filled with the back hose. This is going to be a much more convenient watering system and use far less water.

You can see my sunflower planted by the birds in the nearest pot. It is already 14″ high!

Spring deck 2

Here is a close up image of the sunflower. It makes me very happy!

Spring deck 3

You can see the drip irrigation system up close in this image. All of these plants were from last year’s seeds and have sprouted all on their own.

Spring deck 4

Salvia is such an easy plant to have in pots. I just pruned it back last fall and not it is coming back so very nicely and full of buds.

So there you go! I spend a few minutes each day just enjoying the surprises that come in the early spring. There is always something new to discover and once I get my seeds in the ground I will really start to enjoy all of those wonderful Renee’s Garden seeds that she gifted me.
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I am joining Jami and here Tuesday Garden Party over on An Oregon Cottage.

 

 

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Outdoor Hour Challenge – Jack in the Pulpit

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Outdoor Hour Challenge
Jack in the Pulpit Flower Study

Inside Preparation Work

  • Read pages 473-476 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #122).  The lesson says to dig up a single plant to bring in to study but I don’t suggest completing this part of the assignment. Complete all your observations in the field and leave the plant in its natural habitat.
  • Here is information about the range of the Jack in the Pulpit plant.  Those of us on the West Coast of the U.S. can study the skunk cabbage as an alternative to Jack in the Pulpit since it is in the same botanical family.
  • YouTube Videos: Jack in the Pulpit and this very helpful video Jack in the Pulpit.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Use the observation suggestions in the lesson to get to know this interesting plant. #5 says to describe or sketch the leaves which would be a great activity to do in the field.
  • #8 in the lesson suggests making more long term observations of the Jack in the Pulpit to notice the changes in the berries and leaves.
  • The Handbook suggests looking for insects on the Jack in the Pulpit, observing the insects entering and leaving the flower.
  • If you don’t have a Jack in the Pulpit (or a skunk cabbage), find some other interesting plant to study and look up in your wildflower field guide.
  • Advanced Study: Create a map of the area in which you found your Jack in the Pulpit growing. Make notes about the features of the habitat.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Use your follow-up time to create a nature journal page if you haven’t already done so in the field. There is a nice black line drawing in the Handbook of Nature Study that you can use as a guide for young artists. There is a notebook page included in the ebook for you to use as a follow-up.
  • Advanced Study: The Handbook of Nature Study suggests that you compare the calla lily and the Jack in the Pulpit. You can use the information on the Arum family of plants if you wish. Write your comparisons in your nature journal.
  • There is a Spring Flower Study notebook page included in the ebook that you can use with any spring flower you find to observe in detail.

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