What began as a traipse around the Fairegarden turned into a road trip for the September 2010 Wildflower Wednesday post. My dear friend Gail of Clay And Limestone had the brilliant idea to nurture the sharing of wildflowers by garden bloggers worldwide on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Shot on color
assist accent mode is Rudbeckia triloba growing in my home garden, purchased from our favorite nursery Mouse Creek. However there are wildflowers that are allowed to grow and flower, plants that were growing here before this garden came into cultivation that are living so much more happily along roadsides and in unmown fields. Let us get in the gas guzzler, cameras in tow and see what is out there on this last day of summer, or so the calender says anyway. What better place to find wildflowers than in the wilderness?
Ironweed, Vernonia gigantea looks regal as the dominant resident in this low lying field near the Hiwassee River. It has been observed in purple flower in many areas where our continuing drought has reduced surrounding grasses to dormancy, allowing it to lead the forces of wildflowerdom as fall approaches.
…We should. We do have male and female Eastern Goldfinches and Variegated Fritillaries. These birds and butterflies were thick as flies on the thistles, luckily for the photographer who was merely on the lookout for blooming wildflowers.
Wild Ageratum, Conoclinium coelestinum was seen in great drifts along the highway. There was no shoulder on which to pull off and large trucks seemed to be trying to break the world speed record on the winding mountain road, so there are no images to share, but it was a beautiful sight to behold at 55MPH. The same plant also calls the Fairegarden its home, but hasn’t opened quite yet. It is much more pleasureable to bend down carefully, hovering over the flowers with camera in hand without vehicular whizzings by.