Friday, October 28, 2011

Help me solve a MYSTERY!

We drive the back roads through Florida, Georgia and South Carolina before we reach North Carolina.

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It takes a little longer but it’s a much more enjoyable trip!

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We saw these beautiful purple flowers and

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even took the time to stop and take a few photos! (This is the only one I altered.)

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When we saw this field I said, Look at that Maize!

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But is that what it is?

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When I google, Maize, the plants I see don’t look like this!

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So what do you think this mystery plant is? It was only about 3 feet tall and appeared to be fully mature. But WHAT is it? I know someone will know!

UPDATE!!!

Don’t we love our blog buddies! They are always a wealth of information! Rachel knew the mystery crop is Milo…. Rusty Milo! According to Wikipedia, they are in the Sorghum family and grown for feed grain! Here’s some Google pics…a couple look like MY photos!  Thanks Rachel !!!

(I don’t know what the purple wild flower is either!)

Well…that didn’t take long either!

Cyndi wrote, “The purple flowers look like Liatris to me...common name Gayfeather. I have some in my garden. Hope this helps!”

Mysteries solved!

Thanks girlfriends!

That IS a Monarch Butterfly I hope! heehee!

32 comments:

Vee said...

I'll be back to find out because I know that one of your readers will know!

racheld said...

That is just like looking out my front door back when we lived in Mississippi.

Milo or rusty-milo, I believe you have there.

rachel

Cyndi said...

I think Racheld might be correct about that being sorghum (milo). The purple flowers look like Liatris to me...common name Gayfeather. I have some in my garden. Hope this helps!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Vicky said...

Never saw that before but it is quite lovely as are the photos!

The Adviser said...

You're a traveler I see. Nice pictures on your site. I love nature. So Calming. I saw you on Fridays Bloggers. Stop by my blog I am having a party today 10-midnight EST.

Cindy said...

I was trying to remember what that was, so glad your friends knew! Great pics!

Della said...

My day is complete when I learn something new! Great pics!

~Laurie~ said...

I think it's sorghum - it's looks similar to something I saw in Ohio. Maybe?!!

Barbara F. said...

Thanks for showing us these unusual plants! Happy Halloween! xo

LaelShine said...

That's really interesting! I did not know that. It's very pretty.

Snoodles said...

Well, we learn something new every day, right? I'm on one of those back roads in SC, and see some of those around...didn't know what they were!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love blogging! This was fun to see how quickly someone knew what was what! hugs, Linda

Dianne said...

I was going to say Millet, but Milo is correct. And the Liatris! Aren't they gorgeous? They are my favorite wildflowers!

68sesentera said...

I can't also understand this mystery, maybe magic.

Greeting Dianne, and I hope you have a good halloween weekend.

Caty

Kim K. said...

Aren't blogging friends the BEST!
Happy Friday!

Amish Stories said...

Thanks very much for your blog visit, and you have a very fine blog of your own!. Richard from Amish Stories.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very interesting photos, Diane --I'm glad you found out what each flower was. I also like to drive on the back roads ...much more scenic and easier to stop to take pictures :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Donna said...

It looked like very short broom corn to me!

Joy said...

Very pretty, glad someone knew what they were. You are always going someplace ;) Have a Happy Halloween!

KAT said...

learn new things every time I read enough blogs ! Thanks for the post it was interesting and I wish I could go traveling around...feeling tied to home lately. Happy Halloween weekend !

- KAT -

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

The car drive sounds wonderful - I love road trips!!

Ames said...

I was stumped on both and I have a book full of plant pics too! Also one on weeds. So glad they knew.~Ames

DaCraftyLady said...

love those flowers...I sure love road trips.

helen tilston said...

Wonderful images and great to learn their names.
Driving is always so interesting
Helen

bj said...

I knew it was Milo...we grow it out here in West Texas...:))
xo bj

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

I have liatris growing in my back yard so I knew that one, but I've never heard of the other stuff...interesting.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

Hugs,
Marie

nancy huggins said...

Bugs me too when I see a pretty flower and then can't find the name..They are pretty and have never seen any like that in the midwest. Glad you found out...mystry ended :)

Babs said...

I haven't seen that growing in a looong time. Milo/sorghum can also be used to make sorghum syrup. I remember eating biscuits with sorghum syrup with butter at my grandparents house when I was a kid. The McIntosh Festival looked like it was so much fun. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
Babs

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I'll hop in the Mystery Machine with Shaggy and Scooby and be right over....

Jann Olson said...

Hi, I knew the Liatris right off. I have one here in my garden. The mzize, I wasn't sure.

Kasia said...

h these are beautiful flowers! Glad the girls helped you out with that! :)

Hugs,

Pat Winter said...

The plants look like sorghum molasses to me??
What fun you had!
Smiles,Pat