A journey into the eyes and mind of a naturalist.

Year in my Yard: Beginning of the End

Today is hot and humid and the last thing most people are thinking about is snow and ice.  Plants, however, operate on a different timeline.  Even though it is simply uncomfortable to be outside many of the flowers that are blooming now will continue to bloom right through to the first frosts of fall.  There aren’t going to be the explosions of flowers like we had in May and April, instead many of the final flowers of the season are in full bloom for as long as the weather will permit.

Those flowers who do not bloom until the frost will go to seed and supply enough energy for the seed to produce the next generation the following summer.  As we sweat through the day just waiting for the heat to lift the plants all around us are already preparing for next year, thinking well beyond their own lives to ensure the perpetuation of their species.  Perhaps we have quite a bit to learn from the humble flowers that bring us so much joy and beauty.



July 11:  Yellow Echinacea



July 11:  Mums



July 11:  Woodmint


Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’

July 14:  Ligularia stenocephala “The Rocket”




July 15:  Smartweed


Joe Pye Weed.JPG

July 15:  Joe Pye Weed



July 17:  Liatris


Bull Thistle.JPG

July 19: Bull Thistle


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July 19:  Pearly Everlasting


Brown Eyed Susan

July 19: Brown Eyed Susan


Bee Balm (native)

July 19:  Bee Balm (native)


Mountain Mint

July 19:  Mountain Mint



July 22:  Goldenrod



July 22: Vervain



July 22:  Oregano



July 22:  Peppermint


Leopard Lily

August 1:  Leopard Lily (actually in the iris family)























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