Wildflower Study–Autumn Handbook of Nature

Handbook of Nature Study Lesson #128 – Milkweed – In which we found – there isn’t any milkweed in our area – unless it has been planted in a private garden – which we couldn’t find. I do know of one place, The Butterfly Pavilion in Elkton, Oregon – they have milkweed and sell the seeds, but they are too far away.

So – we set out in our own yard – to find wildflowers. We were looking for Goldenrod, Asters, Stems with multiple or clusters of flowers/pods/seeds.







We found the saying to be true – A Weed is just a Flower planted where a person does not want it to be. Here is our Display of Wildflowers.


The boys choose the little yellow flowers to identify and learn about. Nate got to drawing.


Lotus Corniculatus Bird's Foot Trefoil, Fabacea TopLotus Corniculatus Bird's Foot Trefoil, Fabacea Side

Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Fabacea Family, Lotus Corniculatus – Similar to the Pea Family, Mentioned in the Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast on page 198 – with the Pea type flowers – so we read through pages 588 –598 of the Handbook of Nature Study regarding Peas, Pods, and Clovers.

Lotus Corniculatus Bird's Foot Trefoil, Fabacea BottomLotus Corniculatus Bird's Foot Trefoil, Fabacea Pod Seed

Jon completed a coloring page and Notebook page.

Lotus Corniculatus Bird's Foot Trefoil, Fabacea Notebook Page

Nate completed the Notebooking Page intended for Middle School and High School Nature Notebooking. I changed the “Milkweed” to Bird’s Foot Trefoil on the page provided by Handbook of Nature Study in their e-book this week.


We thought the tiny lil peas were really cute! We learned that this crop is planted to help overcome wind and rain erosion, is good for stock, and puts nitrogen back into the soil. It likes areas that have over 20” of rain, is under 3,500 feet in elevation, likes good soil, and can be in both wet and well draining soil. Which we found – as it grows on the beach at the lake and also on the road. We didn’t find if it was used for food or medicine.

We didn’t have these plants last year, or didn’t notice. We had quite a bit of Queen Anne’s Lace last year, but only 3 plants this year. Nathan also made the observation of the plant swap.


We used the following sites to make our observations and fill out our Notebooking Pages.



Join us at The Outdoor Hour – as we Study Nature Close to Home! Handbook

I downloaded the “More Nature Study with The Outdoor Hour Challenge for Autumn 2011” that includes the Middle/High School Pages – and as always – I was not disappointed. You can download your e-book or join us each Friday on Barb’s Site.

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5 Responses to Wildflower Study–Autumn Handbook of Nature

  1. zonnah says:

    Those are very pretty flowers and such tiny seeds!

  2. Kim says:

    Beautiful pictures! And the small seed pod is amazing!

  3. Ellen says:

    This is wonderful! We’re joining in too but had trouble finding milkweed until last evening. So we’ll finish up our notebook pages tomorrow. We did see so many other interesting things. It was just nice to get outside.

  4. New flower for me…I could tell it was in the pea family but that was it. 🙂

    I love Pearly everlasting and wish we had more of it in our area. I will enjoy your images of it.

    Great follow-up notebook pages and I love the way you adapted them to work for your area. Thanks so much for sharing your study and your entry with the OHC.

  5. Heather says:

    we had no milkweed either- and improvised by finding our own weeds. I find it amazing how we have far more weeds than grass in our yard:)

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