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Sunday, March 29, 2009
This contest is officially closed. See post of answers on April 4, 2009
Here's a little game that anyone can win, but those who have some North American nature knowledge will have a slight edge. This is hopefully a final goodbye to winter, although we got three inches of snow today with horizontal wind! The fun nature event was that all the army worms (remember them) that came out yesterday worked hard to tunnel up above the snow and a huge flock of starlings swooped down and gobbled most of them up. While I was trying to get the memory card in the camera they all swooped off again!
OK, here are the rules. There are five pictures of winter weed stalks below. There is a list below that of ten plant names to choose from. Anyone who gets all five of the plants labeled correctly on the first try will get a month long 125x125 ad on this blog April 4- May 3. Answers should be in the form letter-number, for example X-12, which would match a picture with a name from the list. No trick questions, the answers are in the list and the plant stalks are all typical examples.
One entry per person. Put entries in the comments sections. Contest will close April 3, 2009 at midnight EST. If you are not an Entrecard member and win, that is fine, but you'll need a 125x125 banner, or let me make one for you.
The list of choices
1. Common mullein - Verbascum thapsus
2. St. John's wort - Hypericum perforatum
3. Wild blue flag - Iris versicolor
4. Mistflower - Eupatorium coelestinum
5. Common teasel - Dipsacus sylvestris
6. Chickory - Chichorium intybus
7. Bouncing Bet (Soapwort) - Saponaria officinalis
8. Yucca - Yucca filamentosa
9. Wild Asparagus - Asparagus officinalis
10. Bee Balm - Monarda fistulosa
Good luck! If anyone wants more weed fun, I did a similar game, but just for fun, on an e-newsletter I produced for a while. You can see that at Books Leaving Footprints, Newsletter 5
See One Less Army of Worms for a previous thaw and emergence of worms
See The Army Meets a Different Need for what happened to them