Saturday, September 12, 2009

As we go into Autumn

Wild Autumn aster - specific species unknown
grows like a white heath aster, but purple!

As we go into autumn the appropriately named
autumn onion or nodding onion is at full force
and so are the honey bees that love them!!
Settlers used this as an onion
in their foods and i have tried it myself, it has
quite a sharp chive onion garlic flavor when
fresh but when you toss a few peeled into a
roast they turn of so sweet after a few hours
of cooking.

Agalinis tenuifolia
,Slender leaf false foxglove, a new one for me this time, I love how you seem to be able to find something never before seen each time you visit a blooming cedar glade.

Or something familiar surprises you!
Mist flower

Lespedezas are in the pea family, and I don't think
they come any prettier, or in as many forms in one
place than in the glades.

And my sinuses arch enemy, the goldenrod,
beautiful though I believe it nearly killed me
by sneezing when I smelled it anyways- hehe.

So ends the blooming seasons in the cedar glades of the Nashville basin,
hopefully some pretty snow ice pictures this winter for everyone- and next year i plan to scout some more out of the way Cedar glades to bring you some photos of rarer and more endangered beauties.


Meadowsweet said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed touring the Cedar glades through your blog.
Wildflowers are so very beautiful...even the Goldenrod....I'm surrounded by it and it nearly kills me each year at this time.
Jackie from Meadowsweet

J.J. said...

Thank you so much Jackie, and please help
spread the word on my blog and the cedar glades! The main thing they are lacking is public awareness, so many have lived nearby their entire lives and not even known.

Muhammad khabbab said...

beautiful wild flowers. I like asters and you have captured some nice shots. Other flowers are relatively new to me so just checking them out. keep posting more pics of wild flowers.

Red Studio said...

Thank you for the post and beautiful blooms. I found your blog on blotanical, and have enjoyed reading it.

Beth said...

You have posted wonderful picture of flower that is appreciated. keep it up the good work. Beth

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

The wild flowers are so beautiful this time of the year. Wonderful Photos.

Autumn Belle said...

All these autumn blooms are lovely. I especially like the aster. You have captured a good shot here.

Amy said...

I love your photos! The aster is very pretty... i love daisy like blooms.

Sun Drenched Islands in the Dark Cedars

You may have encountered a cedar glade before if you enjoy walking through the woods in the Nashville Tennessee area, you would have been walking along through the cedars and would have come to a clearing, upon passing through you may have noticed how hot and dry it was,if in summer,or how wet and spongy the limestone gravel was ,if in winter.You may have had many of my own first thoughts , wondering "is this an old lot? perhaps and old road of some sort long degraded" before you started to notice plants you hadn't ever seen in your life,even though you've lived your entire life in the Nashville area, and if you had been lucky enough to happen across one during spring bloom time you'd notice the rainbow of colors blooming on those never before encountered plants, what an exiting place these glades can be!
In truth that place you thought may have been an old lot is a natural limestone clearing, Sometimes tens of thousands of years old , old enough for the plants there to adapt to their unique micro climate.
It's feasible to think that these places have been visited by animals and humans alike, for thousands upon thousands of years, being a natural clearing where one could camp or simply gaze up at the sky,and the way it seems so much bigger in the glades somehow, you can see the whole milky way sparkling there on a clear summer night, these places truly are a gift of natural beauty and diversity and a testament to the strength of life and its ability to adapt.

Sadly most of this rare ecosystem has been lost forever ,and some endemic plants are either extinct or severely endangered, in the past they have been built on ,dumped in,and covered over with rubble, they are inundated by man made lakes and torn apart by people with atv's and four wheelers who do not realize what they are doing.
There may be less than 10% of what cedar glade
there was before the Nashville basin was settled, and that continues to shrink even today, So lets educate our friends in the world of horticulture about our cedar glades.

Here are some resources for Cedar Glade Research:

Cedar Glade Endemic Plants

Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Cedar Glade Wikipedia