Today I was the official chauffeur, picking up farmers and taking them to tractors that needed to be moved and then picking them up again and taking them to trucks and stuff. Along the way, I stopped to take a few pictures of wildflowers. There is such a profusion of them this year, and their bloom times seem to be overlapping, giving us extra time to really appreciate their beauty. I thought I'd see just how many flowers were blooming on one little stretch of dirt road.
|Missouri evening primrose|
I'm not sure what these tiny little purple-ish flowers are. There weren't many of them.
|These tiniest daisies have an unlovely name but they are so sweet and pretty...and abundant.|
I spied the first milkweed of the season -- not quite open but the butterfly had already found it.
Butterflies also love coneflowers. Can you spot him (or her?)
I love them, too.
For the longest time, I called this Indian paintbrush, but finally someone set me straight. It's not pink at all -- truly red. Sort of like redbud, which is not at all red but pinkish-purple.
These little blue gems aren't showy, but they are sweet. I forgot to taste a leaf -- anyone know if they taste minty?
I'm going to cheat a minute here and add a picture that was NOT taken on the same gravel road as all the others. I took this picture yesterday. It is rare to see this much wild larkspur all in one bunch, but as I drove along this road, there were clusters all along the way. So I did what any wildflower fanatic would do: I stopped my truck, right in the middle of the highway and got out to take pictures. I took a bunch, walking up and down the pavement and even getting down into the ditch. And no one came along to stare at me or ask if anything was wrong or to give me that patronizing "nutty lady with the camera"smile. Only in the OC...
Here's another little purple flower I don't recognize -- but I do know that view. It is called Amazing.
Next month there will be a passel of different wildflowers blooming, and I'll go back and see what's new. It really is a good growing year, and I'm going to enjoy every single bloom!