My backyard bouquet of wildflowers.
I decided to go one-for-two: my backyard bouquet for this week is also my Wildflower Wednesday post. Instead of picking plants from my garden, I decided to limit myself to those plants growing wild. Actually, I limited myself to the tall wildflowers. I didn’t pick any lobelia or turtlehead or jewelweed.
Two kinds of Joe Pye weed, two kinds of ex-aster, one or two kinds of goldenrod, and a tall spike with prickles.
The rosy flower clusters belong to spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum
), which I’ve known for a long time as Eupatorium
, but I guess it isn’t anymore. The similarly shaped white clusters are boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum
), which I guess is still Eupatorium
. These two flowers fill the swampy area that is a pond in spring.
Joe Pye weed and boneset grow in a wet area near my house
I think the creamy white asters are flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata
formerly Aster umbellatus
). But I don’t know what the blue/purple asters are. The leaves don’t clasp the stem as New England asters do. They were also growing in the wet area but there weren’t very many of them. And I guess I’m not even going to try to identify the goldenrod. That leaves us with the spiky things in the back of the arrangement. I’m pretty sure they’re pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus
), though I usually don’t see them get so tall.
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Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogasphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”
I’m a member of the Garden Appreciation Society: The idea is to appreciate our own gardens more this year. To have a daily reminder of the bounty that our gardens provide. To catch a glint of beautiful color out of the corner of our eye while standing in the kitchen, or the bedroom or the living room. Every week, go out in the garden and cut a few flowers or interesting foliage and bring it in your house to display. Take a photo of it and link it at The Impatient Gardener.