We’re a bit late today. There’s so much going on here on the Estate this week! Elizabeth and I had to go out this morning to catch up on our wildflower hunt… we almost forgot. ~:oO=
Here’s what we found blooming this morning:
Although this is called Wild Oregano – Origanum vulgare, it does not really grow wild here. This one has escaped from Kay’s garden and grows in patches nearby.
It’s pretty, and the two-leggers sometimes eat it. Elizabeth says it isn’t the best oregano for flavour, though.
There is still plenty of Bladder Campion – Silene vulgaris in bloom.
This is Common Fleabane – Erigeron philadelphicus, very similar to the Prairie Fleabane we showed you a few weeks ago, but the leaves are different.
Creeping Bellflower – Campanula rapunculoides is rather lovely right now.
Here’s another kind of tufty purple thistle. This one is Bull Thistle – Cirsium vulgare and very prickly. Elizabeth had to spend some time pulling strands of my wool from this before she took the photo. Two-leggers shouldn’t walk through this with bare legs!
This is a new one for Elizabeth. She saw it along Joanne and Al’s driveway when she visited them on the weekend, so we went back to take a photo. Field Sagewort – Artemisia campestris
It has very strange flowers. Here they are in extreme close-up!
While we were over there, we saw some Narrow-leaf Hawkweed – Hieracium umbellatum
It’s another one of those flowers that looks a bit like Dandelions. I don’t eat these ones, though.
Pearly Everlasting – Anaphalis margaritacea is growing everywhere. From a distance, it looks pretty boring.
But when you look closely, it’s really quite interesting.
Our real find of the morning was several of these Indian Pipes – Monotropa uniflora. We just don’t find them very often – probably because they are hard to see unless you are really looking. They are different from most plants in that they don’t need light to grow!
I hope you didn’t mind the wait. We tried our best to make it worth your while! ~:o)=