In February and March of last year I published 3 posts about the wildflowers I found in our area during the summer of 2006. If you're interested in seeing them you can find them here, here and here.
This winter I've been sorting out the rest of the wildflower photos I took during that summer, and am finally ready to post them.
I carried my camera with me constantly and stopped often to capture the natural beauty of abundant blooms sewn by Mother Nature, and no human hands.
Milkweed and Wild Parsnip
I love these dainty little clusters, and so do the Monarch butterflies.
Knapweed and Queen Anne's Lace
Edit: Kathy of Cold Climate Gardening has kindly let me know that what I'd labeled as Poison Hemlock is actually Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa). I had a hard time correctly labeling this one because they look so much alike. Kathy tells me the P. Hemlock has white flowers.
Vipers Bugloss (blue flower) and Sweet Clover (the tiny white sprays).
Edit: What I call Harebells is Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)
Ural False Spiraea
The Birdfoot Trefoil blooms all summer
Oenothera (a wild version of Evening Primrose)
Yellow Hawkweed by the roadside.
Jewelweed, which is related to Impatiens.
The seed pods of this plant burst when touched, and because of this, it also has the common name of Touch-me-not. Jewelweed is often used as a home remedy to treat poison ivy rashes.
Milkweed seedpods, with a bright pink Perennial Sweet Pea, planted long ago.
Wild Parsnip going to seed. Can you see the hawk sitting on the wire?
Wild Parsnip closer. I love the seedheads.
Here are the poke cherries again when ripe.
I'll have more wildflowers to show you next time. We're blessed with an amazing variety of them around here!
I hope you all have a restful Sunday!