Mating Damselflies

Another blue bug, this time hovering over the water.  I couldn’t figure out what it was, and it stayed well away from the spit of land I was on.  In the end, a quick Web search showed it was a mating damselfly pair.

Blue Skimmer

We found an area with a lot of frogs and I was down there investigating the other afternoon, the dog patiently standing by.  This blue creature flew past and I eventually tracked it down to the nearby goldenrod stalks.  It happily sat there in the sun, not bothered at all by either the dog or …

Rare Harebell

The blue Harebells have appeared again.  Last year, I only saw one but this year there were two or three stalks appearing out of the thicket of goldenrod stalks.  They only grow near the car park.  It’s one of the things that has struck me, which is that a flower that is “wild” may still …

Purple Teasel

The common teasel is like a spear, with sharp leaves below its very hard, bristly head.  It makes me smile to see the purple blossom slowly come out across the head of the plant, though.  It isn’t uniform so its almost like a tonsure or strange beard slowly filling in.

Wild Bee Balm

The bee balm – or wild bergamot ( Monarda fistulosa )- has erupted above the tall green goldenrod stalks that are themselves getting ready to flower.  I love the delicate tendrils of the balm’s flowers.

Blue Chicory

The blue chicory ( Cichorium intybus ) plants are climbing higher.  The heat has been brutal on the flowers though, with temperatures in the 90s cooking the blooms so that, they are browned by the end of the day.  I found these in the morning, with this snail nestled inside one bloom facing up.  Many turned …

Field of Flowers

The riverbank is an expanse of green with flowers appearing amongst the tall weeds.  The white asters seem the best at making themselves visible amidst the rest of their environment.  I headed off the path to get this swathe of flowers.  Soon, I’m expecting the balsam to take over and, in the way the dame’s …

Return of the Asp

The gill over the ground creeping ivy was the first low blue flower along the path.  Late last summer I saw a taller blue flower, so I have been keeping an eye out for it again.  The viper bugloss has delicate red stamens protruding from inside the flower.

Iris Tips

I have not seen any irises anywhere else along the river, so I did a double take when I saw this one.  Some of the more succulent looking may be eaten by local river denizens.  I took a picture of this iris just starting to protrude in case it’s gone by the time it flowers!

Creeping Blue Ivy

This ground ivy has appeared along the side of the path.  It may eventually get a trim when the lawn mowing starts but it is quite low to the ground and may stay below the blades.  The color is similar to the viper bugloss but it looks like Gill-over-the-ground (Glechoma hederacea ).

Forget Me Not

These flowers often remind of the song Great Big Sea sings, Graceful and Charming.  The garlic mustard has been shooting up all over the place with its small white flowers and I hadn’t noticed these blue wildflowers until I was walking home today.  The forget-me-not ( Myosotis ) has five blue petals but I hadn’t …