Outdoor Hour Challenge – Lupine Wildflower Study

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge Lupine Wildflower Study @handbookfofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Lupine Wildflower Study

Wildflower Set #1

 

Inside Preparation:

I can’t possibly list all the lupines you might find so please consult a local field guide to see which lupine you may encounter during your OHC. Be sure to note the blooming time since it will vary by variety.

  • ¨ Sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis L.) Look for the range on USDA.
  • ¨ Bigleaf or Blue Pod lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl.) Look for the range on USDA.
  • ¨ Miniature lupine (Lupinus bicolor) Look for range on USDA.
  • ¨ You can read the information in the Handbook of Nature Study for the sweet pea for more information on this flower family.
  • ¨ You may wish to watch this short video of lupine (including a bee visit): Lupine.

Outdoor Hour Time:

Look for lupine growing in loose sandy soils, many times near a beach.

  • ¨ Make sure you know how tall your lupine might be in real life. Some look like a bush and some are very close to the ground.

Follow-Up Activity:

Note: Ebook users can find custom notebook pages to use for the lupine flower and the pea family.

  • ¨ Create a notebook page for any lupine you discover and observe.
  • ¨ Start a pea family notebook page. Keep a running list over time of the flowers you observe and/or study in this plant family.
  • ¨ Advanced study: Learn about the relationship between a lupine and a butterfly (host plant). You may wish to do further research on the plants in your area that are insect larvae host plants.
  • ¨ Drawing lesson: Use this step by step lesson from John Muir Laws to sketch lupine in your nature journal.

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Set 1 Ebook

How do you get the new Wildflower Nature Study ebook?

Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new ebook in their library. You need to click the “Members Area” button at the top of the website, sign into your account, and the ebook is there to download and save for your family to use when desired. If you don’t have a membership yet, I am offering a $5 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Discount Code: Wildflower5

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Spring Wildflowers

Outdoor Hour Challenge Spring Dandelion Study @handbookofnaturestudy

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Wildflowers- Dandelions

From the archives and the Spring Nature Study ebook.

This week is going to be fabulous! We are going to be on a dandelion hunt with our children. This cheerful flower has so much to teach us as we look at the leaves, the flower shape, and the seeds. You can find these little beauties everywhere now that spring is bursting out all around us.

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Use the ideas in this week’s challenge to dig into the Handbook of Nature Study lesson on dandelions. Create a record of your observations in your nature journal.

You can see our family’s dandelion study here: Dandelion Morning.

You can also give this challenge a try: Dandelion and Wildflower Photo Hunt

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Set 1 Ebook

How do you get the new Wildflower Nature Study ebook?

Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new ebook in their library. You need to click the “Members Area” button at the top of the website, sign into your account, and the ebook is there to download and save for your family to use when desired. If you don’t have a membership yet, I am offering a $5 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Discount Code: Wildflower5

 

Renee’s Garden Seeds 2017

 

Renees Garden Seeds @handbookofnaturestudy

Renee’s Garden Seeds
2017

When the package arrives each spring from Renee’s Garden, I get a little thrill! Seeing that envelope in my mailbox reminds me that garden time is just around the corner. I ordered my seeds before I knew we would sell our house so a few of the selections may not grow so well in my new climate zone.

Renees Seed Packets

I will be sharing my seeds with friends instead. This way I can still see how they perform and I won’t be sad that the seeds are going to waste.

Renees Garden Seeds 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

 

Here is what I ordered this year (free from Renee’s in return for my sharing our results).

Old Favorites:

Pixie Sunshine Container Zinnias

Astia Container Zucchini

Classic Slenderette Bush Beans

Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers

Van Gogh Sunflowers

Baby Belle Mini Snack Peppers

Watercolor Silks Container Dahlias

Snow Sonata White Cosmos

Heirloom Chocolate Daisy

New to Me:

Bee Heaven Container Salvia

Pepperbox Poppy Heirloom Herbs

Summer Splash Marigolds

My current garden is in climate zone 8A and my new climate zone is 5A. Big difference!

“According to our data, you have a very, very short growing season.”

The National Gardening Association

Yep, 53 days for a growing season is very short! We will not be trying to grow things like tomatoes or peppers unless we create a greenhouse sometime in the future. I am told there is a very nice Farmer’s Market in our new area that I can visit to get loads of fresh veggies. I think that is a much better strategy for 2017.

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I will look at creating a new garden as a challenge. If you have any experience with growing a vegetable garden with a really short growing season, I would love to hear your comments.

 Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Set 1 Ebook

Join us for this new series of wildflower nature study challenges. Wildflower Nature Study Set #1.

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