Friday, July 1, 2016
I've been in England nearly three weeks... A whole different experience in terms of plants, weather, etc... Like while we were gone it was in the 90s here and didn't rain at all -- so dry! -- whereas England we were lucky to go a day without rain and it never topped 70. Not complaining, it was lovely. But I returned to a whole different prairie!
A few long shots to show the main characters: here, purple coneflower and coreopsis.
Many yellow composites are starting; in addition to the Susan's (pictured) there were some sunflowers and even the first yellow coneflowers.
Friday, June 10, 2016
To hearken back to the last couple of posts... here's another weed that's started blooming, that I'm somewhat sad is not desirable because these thistles are quite lovely. To look at. They are decidedly unlovely to touch, and heaven help you if you have to pull one.
They are also another flower that I find quite fascinating right before they bloom. They get this green-to-purple effect that I'm just really taken with.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
I am somewhat captivated by these purple coneflowers in their almost stage... Their skinny (and fuzzy!) necks popping up out of the surrounding prairie like periscopes, their Fibonacci spirals so prominent in the perfectly round disc, their petals so sparse and spindly as to seem, at this point, like a pale pink afterthought to the flower... they keep catching my eye. I decided to try and draw one. (I'm out of practice. I should sketch more. Mid-year resolution.)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
A weed is just a good plant in a bad place, really. But the result is a bad plant. Some of my least favorite flowers are blooming now... a lot of "weeds," including these, can be pretty. A lot of people call some of the native plants I treasure "weeds" because they move into their yards without being invited. But invasive species that threaten the biodiversity of the ecosystem... no matter how pretty they seem, when I see them, I can't get past the ugliness of what they're doing.
Here, crown vetch (purple) and birds' foot trefoil (I was sad when I learned that one was invasive):