Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Wildflower Hunt Continues

A blog reader left me a comment,  " Do you ever find a flower you are unfamiliar with anymore? It seems you have a great variety of wildflowers where you live!!"

Yes, I do find flowers that I have never seen before, some of these wildflowers only bloom  for a few days..they shout their existence for only a short time and then they are gone for another year. 

I have no idea what this one is, it is along our driveway and it bugs me to no end that I cannot identify it..I am thinking it must be a shrub or a berry.

I do not know all the names of the wildflowers either. Every year that I am able to focus on them, and learn more about their habits and bloom times..weather likes and dislikes, and can store away one tiny bit of off the wall info to connect with the plant, I am learning. 

Yes, there are many wildflowers here where I live.  In order to see them a person must just slow down a little.  Most of the wildflowers that I photograph are in the public right of way in the road..or the ditch.   Some are just off the road way in fields..those like this patch of Indian Paintbrush must be photographed from a distance..I do not trespass to photograph anything.

I would just as soon fill my days during the summer, photographing and taking observations about wildflowers.  But life has a way of getting in the way.


Lately I have been focusing on the garage sale, it is over now, I just need to set my garage back to itself again. It went well, I am just waiting for people to pick up the rest of their "stuff", there ended up being ten of us with "stuff" to sell. It is great to have group sales, everyone was helpful, and we all had a good time visiting!  It is rainy here and has been for the past four days..I am going out this afternoon to check on the Lady's Slippers and other wildflowers that should be in bloom..I am not sweet enough to melt in a little rain:) 

16 comments:

  1. I love Indian Paintbrushes. They grew on my grandparents' farm in upstate NY. I wonder where that flower got its name . . . .

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  2. That looks very much like the flower of the bramble (aka blackberry) very, very common in hedgerows in th UK. Could be wrong though!

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  3. Glad to hear the garage sale was a success. I love that patch of Indian PaintBrush. Hope you have a grand time searching for wildflowers.

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  4. Looks like a black berry to me. Watch it, if it has red berries that turn black, enjoy the eating.

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  5. Mildred, I LOVE WILDFLOWERS AND THEIR STORIES OF LONG AGO USES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR MY SON,HE HAD TO GO BACK INTO SURGERY THIS MORNING FOR A FASIOTOMY, SO HE IS GOING TO NEED ALL THE PRAYERS HE CAN GET. BLESSINGS TO YOU

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  6. Most of the time the hubby has to tell me the flowers, I am going through the house and getting rid of stuff for a garage sale also!

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  7. Yes, I am fairly certain those are blackberry bushes and flowers you photographed. We have them here.

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  8. So what have you narrowed your mystery flower down to? What are the plants characteristics? do you think it is an import and not a native? I love the intrigue and investigation of what is out there almost more than knowing what it is. Bet and I had a good time figuring out a tree in our back yard that I had figured was something it really wasn't. It is leaning over instead of being upright, that added to the challenge of figuring it out.

    Glad you had a good garage sale and that it is over.

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  9. That is definitely a blackberry flower! We have them all over the place. Hugs, and thanks for the pictures, as always...

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  10. We have those growing along our driveway...My grandmother used to call them wild roses...

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  11. Thanks everyone for the help with this ID. I appreciate it!! You are some smart gals!!
    Lanny, I figured it was a shrub or a berry. I thought it was in the Rose Family..just from the look of the flowers. That is a far as I got..I am not familiar with Blackberries, a wild bird must have made his way from Canada to drop a load of seeds and a little bird poop here, I will watch them, there are five or six plants in just one small area:)

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  12. Your wildflower posts are very interesting -- I see many pretty flowers in the ditches and had no idea what they were... Thanks for the garage sale days -- you are correct - it is fun to sit and visit!

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  13. Oh, I do love wildflowers with their merry faces.

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  14. Miss Linda, If you look closely at Indian Paintbrush, it looks very much like a brush that has been dipped in orange paint:)

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  15. Once blackberries gain a hold they grow, and spread (roots spread underground) like weeds - and frequently do in gardens here in the UK - right where you don't want them. We actually treat them like weeds in gardens as they take over and choke everything but they are notoriously difficult to eradicate - as well as very prickly (thick gloves are order of the day). Having said all that the fruit is delicious and our season for them is September. Find a hedgerow and go picking from nature's larder. Apple and blackberry pie or crumble, blackberry jam, bramble jelly.

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  16. It does look like the flower of a fruit of some sort. If it is a blackberry ( we call ours raspberries so they are not like ours) I am going to be anxious to see what produces.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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