Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wildflower Wednesday

There aren't any natives in bloom at the moment. Even the blueberry leaves have been shed or are frozen brown. So for Wildflower Wednesday I'll revisit some native beauties from spring and summer and a couple from fall.

The dog fennel is still beautiful though.

Woodland phlox is one of the earliest natives to bloom in the spring and is very sweetly fragrant.

Native crabapple growing wild at the edge of one of our fields.

Chokecherry Aronia arbutifolia

Piedmont azaleas, in both white and pink, with Southern lady fern, zigzag iris, and woodland phlox

A close-up of the fabulous flowers

Eastern Bluestar Amsonia tabernaemontana

The yellow spired flowers of Carolina Bush Pea (Thermopsis villosa) are lovely and
stately, but so is the downy new foliage. It's especially beautiful when sparkling with dew.

Prairie Rose (Rosa setigera) is the latest once-blooming rose here, flowering in late May/ early June.

Who doesn't love purple coneflower?

I love it, the butterflies and bees love it, and Goldfinches love the seeds.

Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) blooms spring, summer and fall.

Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'

Monarda 'Claire Grace'

Seashore mallow on a misty August morning

Climbing boneset with seedheads of Joe Pye Weed in foreground.

Willowleaf aster 'Miss Bessie'

Thank you Gail for hosting Wildflower Wednesday, and Merry Christmas!


  1. Beautiful wild flowers. Merry Christmas!

  2. All of your flowers are just gorgeous! It's so refreshing to see these in the wintertime! I love that wild azalea!
    In case I'm not back this way before Sat., I'll wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Sweetbay ~ As always, your photos are wonderfully lovely. They make me feel peaceful and thankful.

    Have a lovely Christmas ~ FlowerLady

  4. I think dewdrops on leaves are the best "blooms" of all, especially the way your camera captures them!

  5. I can almost smell the monarda flowers and feel the sun on my face~Thank you so much for sharing these beauties! Glad you joined the WW celebrations...gail

  6. Dear Sweetbay,
    All your flowers...wildflowers that is are gorgeous but the Tiger Swallowtail on the Cone flower stole my heart. I miss the butterflies and the bees so very much in the winter.
    Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.

  7. What a beautiful year end post. Love those Piedmont azaleas. I am working a garden for a client and she is adamant she wants those. I don't think I've seen them before.

    Merry Merry Christmas to you!!

  8. Oh, I love your Azaleas!

    A very Merry Christmas to you, Sweetbay! I hope all the joy of the season finds you and yours. :)

  9. Your wildflowers are beautiful, Sweetbay, and what a treat to see all this color in the dead of winter! The Piedmont azaleas are stunning; do they grow wild in your area? But the purple coneflowers are my favorite, too, and the pollinators here love them as well.

    Hoping you are all ready for the holidays and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  10. Lovely spring and summer blooms, but my favorite is the top photo of the dog fennel. I look at it every day while walking the dogs and think, the fuzzy seedheads are just asking for a photo! Well done.
    Merry Christmas Sweetbay.

  11. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas! Are you getting any snow? None here yet! Carla

  12. Rose ~ Piedmont azaleas do grow wild in this area, along with Pinxterflower and Swamp Azalea (R. viscosum). Pinxterflower and Piedmont Azaleas look very much alike and I don't know how the experts tell them apart.

  13. Love your wildflowers and photos, as always;-) They all have so much room to spread out, which is so nice. I am growing many of the same ones but most of mine must stay in small areas as we don't have the land to let them roam wild and free! One day I want to move out into the country!


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