Sunday, March 22, 2009

Chasing Dogbane

We have a field full of Dogbane. It's a wonderful plant with so many gifts to offer (I will expand on Dogbane in future posts). Spring is the time of year that it sends its seeds out into the world.

And chasing those seeds is a must!

The ladies catch the seeds by the bundles and admire their soft and fluffy parachutes.

They love to follow the seeds and see where they land.

And there is always time to make a silly Dogbane mustache!


We chase and play with this lovely seed until it is time for the little Dogbane seed to find it's place to sow!

21 comments:

Wendy said...

I've never even heard of Dogbane before. I can't wait to see what it can be used for!

dongdong said...

me neither. what is that? But how cute is your daughter with the mustache. I love that.

Anet said...

Dogbane looks similar to the milkweed plant...but much thinner.
I can remember having fun with milkweed as a child, chasing the flying seeds:)
I know Native Americans used dogbane and milkweed...but I won't say for what, perhaps you're planning to write a post about it:)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am new to the blog world. I am from Shreveport, La. You have a very unique blog. Love it1

I love a good party and this is my first BLOG party.

So glad that I found your blog. Hope you will come by and visit me.
Teresa

sunnymama said...

Looks like you had fun! I'm looking forward to hearing more about dogbane.

Lisa said...

Anet, it is in the milkweed family, good eye! It does have a lot of uses, yes, a plant the Native Americans used! I'm going to include it in my 100 species posts...such a neat plant.

Melanie said...

I cant wait to learn about Dogbane. Plants of all kinds are one of my passions for learning about so bring it on:)

The Magic Onions said...

Lovely post! We call those seeds Fairies... never knew their real name and I too am looking forward to learning more about Dogbane.

Such Lovely Freckles said...

So, that's what that is called. I know it... just not the name.
Cute pics. :)

Sarah said...

How fun! Spring's as good of a time for chasing dry seeds as fall! My girls have been chasing cattail seeds. That's messy fun too.

Now back to looking through your blog for craft ideas for this week...

Joy said...

I was just thinking it looked alot like our milkweed. Milkweeds drive me NUTS in the summer, but Elizabeth adores their seeds. :)

Lisa said...

Milkweed drives you nuts Joy?? Oh no, without milkweed we wouldn't have monarch butterflies.....I wish for more and more in our field every year! :)

Dawn said...

The seeds from Dogbane are sure pretty. This is the first I've ever seen of it before.

Patty P said...

Love your photos...very simple and perfect. Have fun at the party!

Shady Lady said...

How cool! I love how you painted the moment with your words. The photos are great as well!

Tara said...

That looks like a fun Springtime ritual!

jane said...

I´m still smiling!

Peggy said...

lisa, someone just emailed me a cool little science experiment and I thought of your POTE work with the girls...so i'm wondering if you've heard of this one!

supplies:
an iron nail (Jason tells me all nails are iron, who knew?)
a glass jar
20 pennys (the dirtier the better!)
1/4 cup vinager
scouring pad or cleaner
20 min


Fill the jar with the vinager, add the pennys. Let them sit while you take the nail and "clean it" with the scouring pad or cleaner. Show the kids the nail. Ask them what color it is. ask them what color the penny is. Have them predict what will happen when we put the nail in the solution. Drop in the nail, set the timer and wait. When you come back, your iron nail should now be coated with copper and your nails will be clean!

Lisa said...

Thanks Peggy, no we haven't tried that one before. Thank you for sharing it!

Annie said...

I just love the feeling of lazy warm comfortable day I get looking at your photos.

Joy said...

Ok, I guess I'll relent a bit on the milkweed...so long as it stays out of my vegetable garden and flower beds. ;) It's actually pretty to see in the pasture behind our yard.