Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Wildflowers

Roadside Blooms...

Each day that I drive into work, I have about 9 miles of country roads before I reach a major highway. There's a continual display of wildflowers; some are only present for a short time and others (Trumpet Vine, Queen Anne's Lace, Chicory-on the left) have been blooming all season.This is probably the last month of wildflowers before the cold fall temperatures arrive. I'm already dreading winter--I hate the cold, lack of color, being stuck inside...  I'm trying to soak in every last ray of sunshine and appreciate each lingering bloom.

Here's a few photos of the flowers I'm fortunate to see on my daily drives...




Last year I stole-harvested or just helped myself to a few of these flowers along the roadside and attempted to plant the seeds in my garden. It didn't work, but fortunately they're back again--just not in my garden...


 

Goldenrod...
Not sure of the type or variety, but it's a fall favorite of mine...



For more info and photography of wildflowers, visit Clay and Limestone's celebration of Wildflowers the 4th Wednesday of each month.

11 comments:

  1. They are gorgeous! I keep seeing tiny purple star shaped flowers all over lawns here and there, no idea what it is but I'd love to sprinkle some over my lawn at home! I love wildflowers. It's one of the things I loved most about driving through ireland and france, just fields of wildflowers.

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  2. I meant to ask, with the photo on the left in your header - the amazing roof garden you made on your chicken coop! How did you do that? I'd love to do it on my chicken coop to insulate the roof a bit more!

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  3. A most beautiful series of wildflower photographs! What a lovely drive you must have every morning. Gorgeous splashes of color!

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  4. I look forward to the winter in a way because I like to wear sweaters lol!

    Trudging 2 miles through the snowdrifts to sort the chickens out day and night is a different matter.

    Do your winters get pretty bad then Becks?

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  5. What a treat to see all these beautiful wildflowers along the road as you drive. They just make the soul happy, don't they?!

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  6. I love roadside wildflowers~and you've shown us some beauties. Thank you for introducing me to Psoralea psoralioides 'Sampson Snakeroot'~I've only seen it in the guidebooks. gail PS The yellow wingstem is a beauty, too.

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  7. Mrs Bok--Thanks! We love our living roof coop... I have a post that talks more about how we constructed it--look under The Coop and Chickens above under "Living Roof Coops."

    Chris--I'm sure our winters aren't as cold as yours--I'm just a wimp... Last year we had several days below zero, around -10 F. Guess that would be -20 C. I wasn't going to heat the coop, but I felt sorry for the chicks and ended up putting up a light.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your fall wildflowers. Our lack of summer rain that's continuing on into fall is making this a minimal year for fall flowers.

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  9. I'm so impressed that you know all the names! Great pictures too.

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  10. I'd put up a light but I'm worried about the fire risk.

    Ended up buying a couple of duvets to drape over the roofs last year which seemed to help keep the worst of the frostbite of the chooks.

    I guess your extra roof layers (planting) helps a lot.

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  11. Gode billeder.
    Mange smukke blomster.
    Tak for rundvisningen.

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