Friday, June 30, 2017

Wildflowers


Wednesday, I had lunch with my sister-in-law Mary. As I was getting ready to leave, I decided to take some photos of her property near Mary Woods. It looked so pretty to me and now we are now both trying to figure out what some of the wildflowers are.





This photo of lupins is courtesy of Steve Tabone who gives blanket permission to use his beautiful photographs with a link back to his site: Stephen  L Tabone Nature Photography. Wonderful perspective in this photo. I might have taken a photo trying to capture mountain and sky leaving the lupins to look pedestrian...ho hum. Here the lupins are truly showcased as they stretch toward that mackeral sky.



While Mary had no lupins, she does have other posies that I found at Mr. Tabone's site.










We are unsure what this flower is. It stands about two feet tall on furry, sturdy stalks and has a fringed leaf. Could it be Fringed Loosestrife?






Indian Paintbrush in the center and is the yellow to the left Prickly lettuce? Tough to see I know.













This is Oxeye Daisy with the large petal; it is considered invasive. I don't think Mary will mind if it spreads all over as her Everlasting has done.  The "skinny petal" daisy is Eastern Daisy Fleabane. I especially like that one.

 
So if you know anything about wildflower identification, feel free to enlighten me. I need all the enlightening I can get.
 

It is unlikely that I will make it back here before Canada Day tomorrow and Independence Day next Tuesday. I want to wish my Canadian friends and cousins a wonderful holiday. And I hope that all my fellow American patriots will have a blessed and celebratory 4th of July.



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32 comments:

  1. Woefully ignorant about wildflower names, but I did so enjoy the photos! Sad to think of that beautiful daisy as invasive. Love the yellow ones, whatever they are called, and those luscious ferns!!

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  2. I've always wished I knew more about wildflowers--or names of flowers in general. I do know daisy and rose! And I would be happy to have some daisies wander through my garden. One of my favorite flowers. I hope you have a good holiday weekend too!

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  3. I enjoyed the wildflower photos very much, Vee. God bless your weekend. xoxo

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  4. I don't know a lot about wildflowers myself, but I know that they are so lovely. I think "invasive" is a strong term for something so beautiful. Have you read Miss Rumphius? (I'll bet you have. I seem to remember that you like Barbara Cooney, a Maine author.) I always think of this beautiful and inspiring story when I think of wildflowers.

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    1. Miss Rumphius is a favorite round here...

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  5. Beautiful pictures Vee. My SIL recently told me about a plant app for your phone called Pl@ntNet where you can take a picture with your smartphone camera or iPad of the plant/flower you want to identify. It will give you an answer! I used it to help identify my evening primrose. I have those yellow flowers growing wild here too. I should try out the app on it. Will let you know if I find it.

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    1. Thank you, Rosella! That sounds helpful even if I am not in the habit of taking photos using my iPhone camera.

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    2. The app is telling me it is Large Yellow Loosestrife .... perhaps?

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  6. Mary Woods is just lovely Vee. I've heard of the app that Rosella referred to you. Wildflowers are quite tricky to identify. There are many sites on the web as well that may be of help. Have a restful weekend. ♥

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  7. I've come to the conclusion that I am a lot more knowledgeable concerning Spring wildflowers than I am about Summer ones. I do have a couple of wildflower books and will try to see if I can check these out. Will be interesting to see what Rosella learns with the plant app she mentions above.

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  8. I have no clue but I love wildflowers. Have a wonderful 4th weekend.

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  9. Beautiful photos, Vee. A very happy July 4th to you, my friend.

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  10. I cannot help with identification but I do think they are beautiful.

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  11. I'm no good at all with the names of plants and wildflowers but I sure do think they are all pretty.
    I too would let the daisies grow where ever the liked.
    Happy 4th to you.

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  12. You did ask....fringed loosestrife flowers face downwards so that's not what the yellow flowers are. However my Peterson Guide suggests Garden Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris) which is similar looking but the flowers face up and the stems are 'densely downy'. There's also the chance that it could be Whorled Loosestrife (L. quadriflora) - the leaves are not opposite but in whorls around the stem.
    I'll let you decide. lol
    Happy 4th of July Vee, we're celebrating our 45th anniversary tomorrow and Canada 150.
    xx

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    1. Now I think that it is Garden Loosestrife! Thanks so much, Judith. You got me on the right track.

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  13. The only thing I know about flowers are how beautiful they are. My dream garden is having a bunch of perennials that flower year from spring to fall. It's a work in progress but after 20 + years of living in the same house, I think my flowers are finally coming around to my way of thinking.
    Have a great weekend.
    Saimi

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  14. It's great to have a garden expert like Judith weigh in on things. I had no idea what the tall yellow flowers might be. Since you have a Canadian connection in your family, I'll wish you Happy Canada Day for tomorrow and Happy Independence Day for Monday. An excuse to celebrate all weekend. What will you be doing?

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  15. Garden Loosestrife is my vote! I have it in one of my gardens and I love it. I am sad when the yellow flowering is over which is happening right now. Happy 4th to you!

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  16. Garden Loosestrife is beautiful! What a cheery plant! Thanks Judith for letting us know!

    Mary Woods is very pretty!

    Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day!

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  17. Glad you had a nice lunch. I know some flowers but I'm not a scholar in them by any stretch of the imagination. We have beautiful lupine in this area and I've gotten some nice photos in the past. Nice to see you here in blogdom. I owe you an email.

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  18. Loved the garden tour! Our wildflowers are fading and I noticed some new purple ones today. It's always interesting to see what comes up!
    My step son said it would cost a fortune to buy the bedding plants every year at the ranch. God sends them free of charge!

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  19. Oh how pretty. I love wildflowers. Purple being my fav color I really liked them.

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  20. I love wildflowers! In Texas we have bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes in the spring. In summer we have Black-eyed Susans and Mexican hats (my favorite).

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  21. Very lovely. I'll have to bookmark that site. We have lots of lupines and ferns here. There were several wild flowers on our walk today that I had no clue about. Happy Canada day to you! :)

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  22. What an interesting post and I took the time to read the comments. I'm going to try that app. I'm forever finding something I want to identify. Thanks to all.

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  23. What pretty posies, Vee, and I did love seeing your blueberry tea towel from Deanna. I'm in Ohio right now, and celebrated my mom's 88th birthday yesterday with her. Happy 4th of July to you, if I don't get back around.

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  24. I am better at Colorado's wildflowers, Vee, lupines among them. I love a beautiful mix of perennials like your sister-in-law's garden. I have been planting many in my garden bed and this year they have looked the prettiest although something ate a few. There are always rabbits or deer that like to nibble. I will check out Stephan's wildflower site. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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  25. I love wildflowers, and when they show up in my garden, more often than not, I consider them a special planting from God and leave them to grow. Anything with a flower is hard for me to tear out. The top photo is a type of loosestrife. I have some in my front garden bed :) Have a happy 4th!

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  26. I am not always so good with the proper names for birds and blooms...but love wildflowers. Thanks for the best wishes for our national holiday...and a happy 4th of July to you!

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