Late Wort

The St. John’s Wort, like most summer wildflowers, are long gone along the river bank.  They have been replaced by clouds of white and blue asters.  This one poked out amidst a low, shady green mass and seems to just be a late bloomer.

Late Arrowroot

The white yarrow is also known as arrowroot.  Once I learned that, and that it had medicinal value, the idea of arrowroot cookies for teething infants made sense.  This patch popped up quite late.  Its nearly October, past the first frost, and I haven’t seen any yarrow since mid summer.

Healer’s Plant

I’d noticed this pink flower looking very strange and hadn’t realized that it hadn’t actually flowered.  It’s Joe Pye weed ( Eutrochium) and is a cluster of pink nodes until it flowers.  I saw two sets of this plant, one in flower and one not yet there.

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.

Heal Thyself

I’ve seen this one called “self heal” or “heal all” but is also known as Prunella.  This one was not in full flower, so there the nub top of the flower is still poking out above the purple lobed flowers that have appeared around the bottom part.

A Second Order of Butter-and-Eggs

The first time I saw this flower, it was relatively small and not very plentiful.  Now common toadflax ( Linaria vulgaris), butter-and-eggs, is popping up everywhere.  This was a particularly tall plant, although it was surrounded by more, all of which are about 2 feet tall.

Wild Roses

Seeing without seeing.  That was what occurred to me as I strode along the path and suddenly saw these beautiful orange rose hips.  The berries had just started turning on our wild roses at home so I knew immediately what these were.  And yet I had never noticed this rose bush before.  It was just …

No Pickles Here

This bedraggled white flower appeared above the greenery the other day.  I am sure it was there before but I just didn’t notice it.  This is a wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) or prickly cucumber, not to be confused with the Manroots that are also commonly referred to as wild cucumbers.  At first I thought it …

Missing a Petal

The bushy stamens of the Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) are what really struck me as I walked past this flower.  It’s quite tall but it looks like it has suffered a bit from the recent rain.  It’s actually a 5-petal flower but the photo catches a rather dishevelled bloom. It’s also known as …

Evening Primrose

It always seems wrong to call a flower “common”, especially when the Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) is anything but.  The plant is quite low, about 18″ tall but the yellow blooms are large and the four petals are quite distinct.  I came across these just after a light rain and the drips were still …

Mullein Stands Tall

This is a rather unusually tall weed that grows in our area.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Common Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) grow in groups, just one or two here and there.  It looks a bit drab at the moment but will eventually be covered with small yellow flowers as we go into late …