On a walk yesterday, I found common milkweed starting to bloom in a meadow, and today I found two other species blooming:
The common milkweed was in a meadow where I was looking for Baltimore Checkerspot (link). The other two are in the same spot where I found willow-herb last year. Willow-herb wasn’t blooming yet, but there were many Black-eyed Susan in bloom – for another post.
A cluster of wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) growing at the edge of a forest trail last month:
Time to take a break from photographing my backyard meadow. The poppies are almost gone now, replaced by a profusion of pink mallow blooms.
Last year, we replaced some backyard grass with a meadow. Until a week ago, there were only a few flowers blooming, mainly an interesting clover. Then the poppies started blooming:
The seed we planted, a wildflower mix, came from Vermont Wildflower Farm. I supplemented the mix with wood poppy, hepatica, bloodroot, black cohosh, and Mertensia bluebells. None of those native wildflowers came up, I watched carefully in early spring and later. So it’s not what I expected, but I love the combination of red poppy and cornflower so far. And I wonder what’s coming next of the 27 species in the description – there should be some coreopsis, flax, and bee balm before long. There’s one wide angle image (35mm) to show the scene, but most of these were taken with a 300mm lens.
A few May favorites, all white flowers from shady woodlands:
Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) carpets the forest floor. Starflower (Lysimachia borealis) is an old favorite I’ve been photographing for years, here in dappled late afternoon light. Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) has wood poppy in the background.
A local arboretum had masses of this non-native wildflower in a few spots:
The masses of blue were irresistable. I learned a new word, calque, when I read about this flower. The name forget-me-not is calqued (translated word-for-word) from the German Vergissmeinnicht. The English name has been around since the 1400s. Vergissmeinnicht is also the name of a few German lieder, including one by Schubert.
A selection from the many flowers I’ve been seeing:
These are from a week or so back. The Pink cuckoo flower is in the mustard family, I think Cardamine pratensis. Dandelions are such a brilliant yellow.
This week I got out butterflying, and saw more Spring Azure than I wanted to count, Eastern Pine Elfin, and Eastern Comma, among others. All uncooperative for the photographer, but a wonder to see.
A spring wildflower I saw today:
The botanical name is Claytonia virginica. Pretty, but tricky to photograph, it’s hard to find a good group of them for an image. Lots in bloom today, Mertensia virginica, Wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), no white or painted trillium yet.