Did I say I loved these flowers? Well the bumblebees seem to as well, and they were massing around the blue clusters in the late afternoon sun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These two flowers were along the eastern path this morning as I came past. I’m not sure of the identification of either one. The five petal flower resembles a cinquefoil but the petals aren’t as notched and the flowers were all hanging down, with a kink in the stem like a violet. I held this …
The heat has just been beating down in the last week or two. This morning was the first long walk the dog and I have had along the riverbank for a few weeks and it was lovely and cool. It also gave me the first sight of some flowers I’ve never seen before, here or …
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.
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.
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.
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.