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 …

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 …

Yellow Wildflowers

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 …

Clean Straw

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 …

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 …

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.

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