Sometimes I like to sit and take in the view
when we’re walking along the boardwalk. Occasionally my husband sits with me, other times he continues on his way and stops with me on his way back. This particular bench has a beautiful ocean view and this time of year, the patch of wildflowers provides a lacy edge along the shoreline.
The dominant bloom now along paths, trails and roadways is Queen Anne’s Lace.
The Queen rules her domain by sheer numbers but the individual flowers are quite pretty, and a close look reveals a tiny purple flower in the centre of some.
Blooms are tall enough to move with the wind making them a swaying sea of white to complement the blue beyond.
They dance to the beat on the breeze which only they can sense. The Queens can be mesmerizing to watch most island days when the breeze is a welcome relief from the heat, or for them, a welcome break from the routine of showing their faces to the sun.
The lacy ones welcome all who settle and grow around them, from the newly arrived Joe Pye Weed
to the ubiquitous yellow blooms of the week.
Clover adds a bit of interest here and there. Chicory is new this year and goldenrod is just starting its tenure for this season.
Looking through the cluster, you can’t help but notice the green glow,
provided by leaves and stems, which is often overlooked when the showy blooms abound.
Put those blooms against a blue backdrop of sea and/or sky and you have perfection.