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Monday, 19 July 2021

Reaching for the sun

They reach for the sun along the pathways and trails, in the meadows, around rivers and ponds and along the seashore, anywhere they can get a root hold. A variety of colours, they give their best to creation, from seeds to plants, blooms, pollen and eggs. They colour our paths and brighten our days.


Wildflowers don’t need human prompting, they manage on their own just fine. Seeds, carried on the wind, by birds or other animals, sprout and reach into the soil. Before long, voilà! The leaves and showy blooms are reaching for the sun again.


Sometimes they stick with their own kind. 





What looks like one bloom per plant, such as bunchberry, 





or numerous clone-like blooms like yarrow are worth a look.





Various colours catch the eye, such as the yellow of St. John’s wort with the tiny stripes on its buds which look to be painted there.





The pink and white of bindweed is always a nice surprise as it climbs its way up and around shrubs. This may please onlookers but not the plant it climbs. 





One notices a white plant among the bushes but the details of this male Tall Meadow rue with the lemon anthers and white stamens are beautiful on closer look.





Blue Flag iris is always a nice addition to the banks of a wetland.





Even seed heads, such as this one of Yellow Goat’s beard, which resembles dandelion seeds, makes us stop for a look.





Pinks and white of Dame’s rockets fill the ditches and pathways. The natural beauty of the wild roses, rockets and clover along this section of trail by the sea is a seasonal treat.





And the most spectacular of all is the riot of colour when a variety of wildflowers share a space such as here





or here,





or here.





Mother Nature is an excellent gardener.



31 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Such a riot of colour! So beautiful!

DJan said...

So beautiful! I love the riot of color you have captured here. Thank you for brightening my day so much, dear friend.

Martha said...

They are all so beautiful Marie!

Hena Tayeb said...

So many beautiful flowers.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

There is nothing so lovely, as wild flowers!!!!!!!!!

Except for Binder Vine!

Invasive and horrid!

I know, because it has caused so much trouble, for us. Coming over/under, from the next door MESS.

-sigh-

I fought it for years, but with age, have had to give up. It has resulted in our back fence area, which should be a lovely flower garden, being mostly bare. Sigh...

If you ever see it, anywhere near your land, kill it as soon as possible. It sends it's roots out, all around, under the soil, and is just AWFUL.

Enough of a rant!!!!

💙🌹Liberté🌹💙

Liz Hinds said...

Beautiful. Apart from Bindweed. It is my nemesis.

The last few years the council has planted patches of wild flowers along roadside verges. they are so lovely.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Lovely wildflowers, I like the riot of colors.

Take care, have a happy day and a great week!

The Padre said...

So Vivid - What An Adventure - Happy Monday

Cheers

photowannabe said...

Oh Marie...what a feast for the eyes...each is so lovely in its own way.
I haven't heard the names of most of them so thank you for the info.
No lovely wildflowers around here now..everything is dry and brown in the dead of hot summer, so
thank you.
Sue

Pam said...

Your roadways are so pretty dotted with all the colors. Purple of course being my fave.

Elephant's Child said...

An excellent gardener - and a superb artist. Thank you.

bill burke said...

So pretty to see and enjoy, thank you!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Wildflowers have such a delicate and special beauty. They create natural bouquets right where they are.

The Furry Gnome said...

That's a lot of colourful wildflowers!

Joanne Noragon said...

Just wow. Beautiful.

Red said...

We have native blooms all summer long. I've long ago forgotten about wood violets.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

There is nothing quite so fine as a wildflower meadow, far more appealing to me than the order and rectilinearity of a suburban patch. The biggest joy of all is to probe among the blooms where one many discover a whole other world of insects, reptiles, amphibians, hidden nests of birds and who knows what else. The colours and the odours are a bonus.

Retired Knitter said...

No one can beat Mother Nature!!

Helen said...

Mother Nature is an excellent gardener, but her plantings vary so much from region to region.
I love these images, especially the riot of colours. Our 'wild' flowers are so totally different.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh my gosh so beautiful Marie. Each individual flower is a delight but together like this en masse it is a glorious tribute to mother nature 🌸

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Beautiful post and photos

Debbie said...

oh i love your description of wildflowers, they don't need us to flourish!! the flowers and colors are spectacular, and yes mother nature is an excellent gardener, i like that!!

Danielle L Zecher said...

Those flowers are gorgeous! You always seem to take such wonderful pictures.

Anvilcloud said...

Now that you mention it, I am not sure if I have seen Dame's Rockets lately.

Lorrie said...

Beautiful wildflowers, Marie. The variety of colour and form is amazing.

John's Island said...

Another excellent post. Love the way you set this up. Beautiful photos and informative description and captions!

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

Beautiful prose to accompany outstanding floral pictures. I especially love the last ones where the flowers choose to gather together.

MARY G said...

A splendid exposition. Our verges are not so dramatic, but I have to discipline myself when I am driving so as not to look aside too much.

Catarina said...

Wildflowers make us happier...

At Home In New Zealand said...

Mother Nature certainly paints some beautiful pictures :)

baili said...

Enchanting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yes Mother Nature is always most caring ,most loving ,healing and soothing!

Indeed!
thank you sooo much for the treatment ,it refined my soul :)