Cold Musk Mallow

There are many more blooms on the white musk mallow than there were even a week or so ago, but the frost seems to have shortened their life span.  The blooms were closed like roses even in late afternoon.

Hippy Shake

The wild roses are covered with rose hips.  The orange berries are mixed with other berries on nearby bushes but have a distinctive shape.  Once again, we’re considering harvesting the massive crop we have of hips on our roses at home.  This is the only wild rose I’ve seen along the rose so far.

Sweet Goldenrod

The bees – a whole variety of them – were swarming the goldenrod, which itself is prolific along the riverbank now.  There’s a period where the yellow flowers are just emerging and then you can see a sea of yellow all around.

Resurgent Musk Mallow

The last time I saw these blooms, the musk mallow was soaked.  Then it disappeared and I saw some bindweed growing in its place and thought, perhaps, I’d been mistaken.  It’s back in the cooling end of the summer and is a lovely small flower.

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.

Yellow Coneflowers

The coneflowers fascinate me.  The yellow ones are appearing again and the cones slowly populating with very small yellow flowers.  Here are some close ups of the top and sides of a cone.

Old Man’s Pepper

The white yarrow ( Achillea millefolium ) has some of the best nicknames:  old man’s pepper, nosebleed plant, or devil’s nettle.  It has a rough similarity to Queen Anne’s Lace – wild carrot – but only from a distance.  Up close, there’s nothing else like it.

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.