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Observations by Gary Fewless for Green Bay WI (Lat.N 44.51° Long. W 88.02° ), except as noted. For flowers lacking conspicuous petals or sepals I define "anthesis" as release of pollen by mature anthers.

July 2011 Mouse-over the photo for the identity of the subject
pond lily

July 28 Green Bay received 2.25 inches of rain today and 2.45 inches in Stevens Point sets a new record for rainfall on this date.
July 23 Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) and Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) in full bloom. Silphium perfoliatum (Cup plant) just beginning to bloom.
July 20 The high temperature has been above 90° F for 4 consecutive days: 93, 91, 90, and 95° F today. Humidity has been high also, creating uncomfortable conditions for most people.
July 19 First date I heard Dog Day Cicadas calling in Green Bay (Tibicen canicularis)--submitted by Vicki Medland
July 17 Green Bay's high temperature was 93° F today.
July 07 They are not native here, but Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflowers) are now beginning to flower in the Green Bay area, where they have been included in prairie plantings. The start of flowering is not clear in these plants and the ray flowers take several days to fully unroll and become functional.
July 04

Typha angustifolia (Narrow-leaf cattail) is still conspicuously in flower (anthesis) in northeastern Wisconsin. That seemed quite late to me, but looking at the records I see it is similar to other cold, late springs/early summers, such as 1996.

Cichorium intybus (chickory) is conspicuously in flower, City of Green Bay.

July 02 This is the first date that I have heard crickets calling, though I admit my ears are not up to the highest standards and may have missed a day or two.
July 01

Sambucus canadensis (black elderberry) started to flower about a week ago, but it is at about peak flower now from Brown County North to Iron Mountain. Also Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue) is conspicuously flowering now in wet sunny sites.

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