Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September's Wildflower Wednesday

This spring and summer sure did fly by!  There were a number of things, like record rainfalls and things coming up that kept me from being out in the yard as much as I like or need to be.  It seems like the only blog posts I am doing are for Gail's Wildflower Wednesday.

My photos did not appear in the order I took them, the order I wanted them to be in, so I'll just have to make do, because I do not have time to put them in the right order.

I like to include insects that are making use of the blooms in my photos.  This is Riddell's goldenrod.  Right now, all of the goldenrods are having lots of activity on them.  It was cloudy today, so I didn't get as many as usual.  Can you see the preying mantis?

I am not sure what kind of aster or ex-aster this is.  The blooms are smaller than the others.

I am not sure what kind of goldenrod this is, but it sure is loaded with little insects.  The lighter colored plant, short-toothed mountain mint is still getting some activity.

Here's another Riddell's goldenrod plant loaded with insects.

I am pleased to have pitcher sage in different spots in the yard.  It sure is a nice color to break up all of the yellow this time of year.

This photo was supposed to be first.  Not all of the beauty is in the blooms this time of year.  I love the seed heads on Illinois bundleflower.  The foliage is also continuing to look pretty good.

There are loads of seed pods on the wild senna plants.

I like the clematis pitcherii seed pods, too.

The New England asters are very cheerful.

The brown-eyed susans get visitors, too.  They are so cheerful with their large amounts of small, about 1 inch blooms.

Blue mist flowers is one that spreads, but I got brave and planted a couple clumps the spring of 2014.  They are spreading, but not too aggressively so far.  Almost every time I go out, I see skippers on these blooms.

 I hope all is well with you and you are getting lots of visitors on your wildflowers!  I love Gail's post, where I see she posted some of the same flowers.  If you haven't been there yet, head on over to Clay and Limestone to see her Wildflower Wednesday post.


  1. Believe it or not, rabbits ate my Asters and Goldenrod this year. They started eating my Blue Mistflowers, too, but I saved the Mistflowers with some chicken wire. So, I don't think I'll have a problem with the Mistflower spreading too much here. The pollinators really seem to like it. I love it, too! Your Illinois Bundleflowers are so nifty!

  2. I love your header picture! What a beautiful front garden you have! People must love seeing it when they drive by. I always enjoy seeing your blooms and then the seedheads this time of year.

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

  3. The Illinois Bundleflower piqued my interest with its unique seedheads, so I looked further for this legume, learning that it is being bred as a perennial seed crop for human consumption as well as animal food. Perennial crops take fewer chemicals, energy and weed control as compared to crops like alfalfa and soybeans. The common name is Donkey Beans.

  4. Lovely flowers!
    Interesting seed pods!
    Happy Wildflower Wednesday!

  5. the seeds add an extra architectural layer to the colour and flowers.

  6. Sue, rain, rain, and more rain. I thought we were done for a while then yesterday it began again. I see the flood warning are out again in the low areas mostly along the rivers. The only fall flowers that I have are the Hostas and they have started blooming just yet. I finally finished the three year project of fencing in my garden so now the deer won't be eating my produce any more. I'll tackle the raccoon problem next year. It's much more difficult to keep wildlife out then domestic animals in.

    The garden is winding down and clean up needs to begin. Beans, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, and cucumbers all did well this year. Strawberries, sweet corn, squash, and pumpkins were all destroyed by wildlife. Each year gets a little better as the structure to control weeds and wildlife becomes more effective.

    Have a great insect activity watching day.

  7. I was unfamiliar with some of your goldenrods and the Illinois bundle flower. Thanks for the introduction!

  8. Hi Sue, I'm so glad you posted. I love seeing the pollinators on your corner garden. Sometimes, I wish we were neighbors. What fun we would have. ~~Dee

  9. What a beautiful garden you have Sue. Your detailed description and photos helps me (here in North West England) to understand a bit more about gardening in Nebraska. Isn't the internet amazing? Gillian

  10. I would be so wonderful to have lots of summer rain. It seems next year may also be a dry El Nino year for Washington. Your wildflowers and insects all look so happy. I did have lots of Clematis blooms, 3 Goldenrods are blooming now, but my tiny Blue Mist flower is just getting buds, but at least is still alive, in the shade next to my hose bib. It's fun to see your flowers, Sue.

  11. What fun to have such a wide variety of critters to visit your garden! I'm not sure which I like better, the flowers or the critters! Okay, definitely the flowers. Yours are lovely!

  12. Your white aster might be what is called Frost Aster or Hairy Aster. I have something similar, if not the same plant, that pops up at the beginning of autumn every year. My husband calls it a weed, but I think it's rather pretty and free-spirited, and of course, the bees love it, too. Does your pitcher sage self-seed? I'm so happy to finally have one little clump blooming this year, and I certainly wouldn't mind having more. I've seen no sign of the Illinois Bundleflower seeds you sent me, but perhaps they'll be like my sneezeweed and surprise me next year. Always a treat to see all your wildflowers, Sue; I've been enjoying them on Facebook, too.

  13. I love the seeds on the bundleflower, I've never even heard of it.

  14. I found the praying mantis! Such beautiful plants in your garden. We got a little dry again so some of my fall bloomers are thinner.

  15. Hi Sue, I love the seedheads too! They add lots of winter interest. Your Goldenrod is much later than mine which have mostly passed! You're right, this growing season has flown by!! Happy Gardening!

  16. Hi Sue, I love the seedheads too! They add lots of winter interest. Your Goldenrod is much later than mine which have mostly passed! You're right, this growing season has flown by!! Happy Gardening!

  17. I really enjoyed seeing the seed pod photos. I have never seen Illinois bundle flower before. I think I would grow it just for the interesting pods! Thanks for sharing!


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