Of Rainbows And Wildflowers

August 28, 2009

It was relatively cool early one morning this week, so I took a walk down in the bottom pasture to see what kind of wildflowers were blooming.

The field is full of Meadow Rue and Joe Pye Weed.  It makes a striking contrast of whites and rosy-pink, with a little green mixed in from the underlying leaves and stems.

Field with Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) and Meadow Rue (Thalictrum . .)

There are also yellow flowers blooming.  I’m not sure what they are, but they sure do shine in the shadows.

Yellow Flower

There are other splashes of yellow  mixed in with the taller plants, with tall goldenrods here and there.

Goldenrod bloom closeup.

A lot of the bottom pasture is a little boggy, as spring water oozes out of the hillside.  This makes a perfect environment for Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis).

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

I love these plants, and so do the hummingbirds.  It’s kind of hard to get a good picture though, as the camera doesn’t want to lock in on the red and the edges can be kind of blurred.

Around the outer edges of the pasture, there are patches of Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis). 

Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis)

The juice from this plant is supposed to be a good rememdy for poison ivy, but I’ve never tried it.

A whole bunch of these yellow flowers grow on a bank near our pond.

Yellow Flowers

In fact, I used them as a background for a picture of Ellie in her 2007 calendar.

Ellie in her Secret Garden.

There are also morning glories growing on a hillside near the pond.

White Morning Glory and Yellow Flower

Near the mailbox, there are some wild blue morning glories.

Blue Morning Glory

Of course the butterflies enjoy morning glories, and I usually see a few near them, like this Pearl Crescent Butterfly.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Then yesterday evening when The Farmer came home, he told me to come outside, because he saw a rainbow as he was driving home.


While I was outside with my camera, I took another picture of all the Meadow Rue and Joe Pye Weed in the bottom pasture, because the evening light gave it a different coloration.

Field of Meadow Rue (Thalictrum . .), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), and Ironweed (Vernonia altissima)

I thought the colors were more vibrant and the white showed up better.  You can also see some purple Ironweed (Vernonia altissima) in the lower lefthand corner.

It’s a lot of fun looking around the farm for wildflowers!

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