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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.

 

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July 11:  Yellow Echinacea

 

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July 11:  Mums

 

Woodmint

July 11:  Woodmint

 

Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’

July 14:  Ligularia stenocephala “The Rocket”

 

 

Smartweed

July 15:  Smartweed

 

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July 15:  Joe Pye Weed

 

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July 17:  Liatris

 

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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

 

Goldenrod

July 22:  Goldenrod

 

Vervain

July 22: Vervain

 

oregano

July 22:  Oregano

 

Peppermint

July 22:  Peppermint

 

Leopard Lily

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