Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer's First Walk

It is fitting that the first walk of the summer should feature two of my favorite summer wildflowers.  Do you see the dots of yellow among the tall grasses?

The yellow sunflower-like flowers are Narrow-leafed Wyethia (Wyethia augustifolia). 

It's a pretty common wildflower in the west. It likes sunny meadows.

I've seen it with the Grand Teton mountains as a backdrop - stunning.

My family has always called it by one of its common names - Mule's Ears - after the shape of its long green leaves. 

I bought a plant at a sale this spring and we are going to see if we can grow it up at the house.

We've sited it in our sunniest flowerbed.

These will bloom for only a couple of weeks.
So enjoy - they are fleeting. 

The meadow also has a good stand of Bachelor's Buttons.
I don't know how they got there, but they are quite happy.

I also found Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) in bloom.

And a mystery plant with fine feathery foliage and tiny white blossoms.  

And here's the other wildflower that shouts "Summer!"

Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum).

It's a great name for a wonderful native wildflower.

I hope you enjoyed today's summery yellow walk.


LaNelle said...

Thank you for a beautiful way to start Summer ☀️☀️🌻🐝

MaryO said...

What a beautiful way to start the day. Fantastic!

San Pedro, CA

arcadia said...

I'm always happy to read your informations about flowers, it gives me their english name, and it's so interesting and sometimes funny to compare names ! Bachelor's Buttons are "bleuets" here and they are now disappearing. They were wheat plant "parasites" but with all the chemicals they now use in the fields, they are totally gone in most places... So I guess it's another plant we'll no more see :-( I love the "sunflower-like" ones !

Barb said...

Oh, yes! I loved the yellow summer walk. I'm not sure I have ever seen the Mule's ears. What a beauty!

RJ said...

I love your summer walk!!! The flowers are lovely. RJ @ stitching friends forever

Maggee said...

Love summer, and all the flowers that are blooming. So much color!