a change, I'll pause in the parade of seasonal flowers to focus on
some leaves. Seedling Oaks (Quercus sp.) have a lot of color
Grapes (Vitis sp.) show a striking contrast in their upper
and lower surfaces.
Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis) has bolted into spikes taller
than a person.
Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) is a great collector of
for the sky.
back into the summer's flowers, here are the buds of Buttonbush (Cephalanthus
its remarkable flowers.
Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa) is blooming near the Jeremy River
or Hardhack (Spiraea tomentosa), a close relative of Meadowseet
which is lighter in color and with multiple flower clusters.
Meadowsweet, Steeplebush's flowers show their Rose family heritage
when viewed close up.
of closeups, check out the remarkable flowers of this Milkweed
about the subtle pink in this unusual example of Queen Anne's Lace
are marvelous too. Note how they curve in, protecting the seeds as
Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) is finally in full bloom.
Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).
of Beardtongue (Penstemon sp.) showing its last flowers of
the season - the stems and leaves have mostly dried up. Beardtongues
are in the Snapdragon family (the Scrophulariaceae) which are sometimes
confused with mints.
member of the Scrophulariaceae, Square-Stemmed Monkey-Flower (Mimulus
and Eggs or Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) - yet another "Scroph".
Note the resemblance to garden snapdragons.
(Prunella vulgaris), a member of the Mint Family (Labiatae).
St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum).
Touch-me-not, or Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) gets its common
name because when the seed pods ripen they burst open at the slightest
touch, spreading seeds for a fair distance. (It's great fun.) Gardeners
will recognize the genus since there are many ornamental varieties.
(Solidago sp.) is already in bloom. My wife has always thought
of Goldenrod as signaling the end of summer - but we're not there
the red male Common Skimmers (Sympetrum sp.) always foretold
the end of summer. Oh, oh, another sign that the season is marching
along. (Female Sympetrum are brown-bodied.)
after a too-rare rain, the spider webs were jeweled with water droplets.
Note the rainbow coloration in this first picture.
there are a few more days in July, I'm off on a business trip for
most of them. Here's a sneak preview of coming attractions.
Weed (Eupatorium sp.) is in bud.
(Veronica noveboracensis) has marvelous dark purple flowers
in loose clusters. Its just starting to bloom.