Our wildflowers are liking all this rain better than the crops. Here are a few bright spots, flowers that grow in the ditches and around lakes. Some are labelled, but if you can help name the nameless, please leave a comment!
Common Tansy (not Tansy ragwort (Senecio jacobeae), a poisonous plant causing environmental deterioration, loss of pasture for grazing animals and even unthriftiness and death to livestock). This one is an invasive weed, just not that bad! Unless, of course, you have a memory of Mrs. Comstock from The Girl of the Limberlost, who cooked up Tansy and oatmeal paste to “skin” herself and get rid of her tan. Ouch!
Fireweed, the Phoenix of Flora. Also tasty in jelly and honey.
Vetch – one of the 140 species known by the name.
Anyone have a guess what this one is?
Find more wildflowers on Town Spirit in this post from last July.