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I arrived at Wheaton Labs with some perennial plants thinned from my garden in Minnesota. These are plants that with no care would spread to take over the whole urban lot. I figured that made them good candidates for the fledgling food systems here at the lab, where there's a bit more space for them to expand.
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Black raspberries
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Egyptian walking onions
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Day lilies
 
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One more photo, which I guess is garlic chives, but we always called onion grass. I also gave almost as much as is in all these photos to Evan for his ant plot. Not pictured were some comfrey, horse radish, and oregano.
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Garlic chives
 
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Lots of mulching hugle berms today, and i saw a few things:
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something in Calochortus genus
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beneficial predator: snakefly
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four future robbins
 
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That snakefly is really cool - never seen one of those before.
 
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Jocelyn was just telling me about salsify and then i found a good example of it in bloom. Found a growie with very hairy leaves, felt a little sticky, and a yellow and purple veined flower. I couldn't track down an ID on that one. The highlight of the day was when Evan and i were helping Michael work on the RMH in the teepee. We heard the buzz of tens of thousands of bees. The skiddable bee hut is near the teepee, so i figure the colony there was splitting. I followed them about 800 ft where they rested on the branch of a dead tree while their scouts went looking for a new home. At first they were very noisy, but soon quieted down. I'm trying to get the video sorted out so i can post that too.
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Salsify
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mystery plant
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swarm waiting for scouts
 
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In the spirit of "some video is better than no video", here is a video with some clips from the bee swarm. At first they are flying everywhere, then they are calmed down into a clump while they wait for the scouts. Sorry for the bad orientation of the video. I tried to adjust it in editing. Next time will be better.

 
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Here is some Lupine hard at work fixing nitrogen in the middle of a little used road at the lab. Then there is a crazy fungus that Evan showed me bursting out of one of the trees on his plot. I later found it is the pine-oak gall rust. It is a fungal disease caused by Cronartium quercuum, and requires both a pine and oak host to complete it's life cycle. I haven't seen any oaks around here, though. On such a young tree it will likely cause death, though older trees can survive with a little disfiguring. After visiting with Evan i found a bunch of orchids across the street from ant village. The Mountain Lady's Slipper (Cronartium quercuum).
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Lupine
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pine-oak gall rust - Cronartium quercuum
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Mountain Lady's-slipper - Cypripedium montanum
 
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We've been getting a bit of rain here at the lab, so now we have lots of mushrooms! The first one is an edible puffball, but I don't know the others. I need to get an ID book for Montana mushrooms.
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http://www.montanamushrooms.com/ is a site you might want to look at for your mushrooming.
 
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Fred,

It is quite possible that if you put a plant/mushroom ID book requests on the gapper love thread, they will show up.
 
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