Katarina, from Roses and Stuff, who hosts Blooming Friday, asked us to share our favorite wildflowers today. (It's Friday in Sweden already.) If you read my blotanical profile, you'll see that I don't do well picking favorites. Plus, I have trouble limiting my photos to one or two a post, so here are some photos taken today of some of the flowers I either know to be or think are wildflowers, and then there will be some other blooms from a couple days ago.
Have a great weekend, and Happy Fall! Now that it's here, I'm trying to relax and enjoy it.
The Queen Anne's Lace in the front bed is blooming and in all stages of seed production.
The asters planted by birds from our neighbor's yard are finally blooming. I think they are New England ones.
I don't know if hybrid coneflowers are considered wildflowers, but this one was a white swan about 10 years ago, and at some point, it reverted to purple.
Skull Cap, I think either Smokey Hills, or Mongolian Skies:
'Wichita Mountains' Goldenrod, Rudbeckia 'Herbstonne', helenium, and an aster, one of the insects' favorite places to hang out:
A closer view of Herbstonne:
I don't remember if I posted photos of the lead plant while it was blooming. I got it for free a number of years ago when our state arboretum was encouraging people to grow native flowers.
I think this is Ratibida pinnata. I have the name listed on another post somewhere. I noticed they can also be called yellow coneflowers. I was keeping most of the seedheads on them, but Larry got helpful and cut them off. The seed stalk in the photo is from a hollyhock plant.
Rough Blazing Star, Liatris Aspera is one of my favorite flowers, and it is also a wildflower. I must love Wichita Falls Goldenrod, too, as I have it in different areas of our yard, including the west side of our shed here in the back yard. Fireworks goldenrod is actually my favorite goldenrod, though. I bet you could pick it out in my header photo.
Chocolate Joe Pye Weed:
Here are some blooms that I had taken with Blooming Friday in mind. The first one is from today, and the rest were taken a couple days ago.
I didn't remember the white iris that is still blooming, blooming this spring, but I do remember this yellow one blooming. I am so tickled that it is blooming again! It looks so pretty near the Fireworks Goldenrod.
I don't remember having a sweet potato vine bloom before, but this one, one that was sold for food production is:
The package of the Perfume Delight sweet peas, sold by Botanical Interests, said these bloom into summer, and are more heat resistant to other varieties. We didn't have as hot a summer as usual, but we did have some hot days, where I thought I should be pulling the sweet peas out, but I'm so glad I didn't. We are now having cooler days and nights, and all of a sudden, the vines are taking off and blooming just like they think it's spring.
One of the sweet peas climbing into the Mexican sunflowers: