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 …

Purple Loosestrife

The marshy flowers are appearing again.  I have my out for Jewel weed but the purple loosestrife has popped up in long straight lines among the reeds in the ditch at the east side of the area we walk through.  …

Return of the Thistles

This time last year, I didn’t know Canada had its own thistle, despite its heavily Scottish forebears.  The Canada thistle is more purple lavender than the more stereotypical Scottish thistle, which is pinkish.  There are these odd black dots inside …

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 …

Bees on the Bee Balm

The bees were buzzing today on lots of flowers but it was funny to see them on the wild bergamot.  The purple flower also known as bee balm is starting to wilt a bit and the spiky look they take …

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 …

Purple Alfalfa

I have a new appreciation for this lovely food plant.  The purple flowers look like a type of clover from far away, but as you get closer you realize they are these large lipped petals clustered together.  It’s a very …

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 …