Thursday, July 28, 2011
By midsummer we often see patches of sweet peas in flower at the edge of the road, sometimes in large bright patches like this one. These have spread from initial plantings or seedings; it's easy to gather sweet pea seeds later on, and spread them to new areas. These seem to add an element of human caring to our roadsides to me, as well as a little bit of colour.
Orange daylilies must have been one of the original garden plants. When you find pioneer homesteads around here, a few planted daylilies like these (as well as lilacs) are the most common evidence of humans living there, in addition to any actual building that's left standing. But now they have spread to roadsides through planting, sometimes in great lines along the ditch or across the front of a farm yars.
Queen Anne's Lace is not planted, but is a 'weed', that spreads widely, especially on poorer soils. Not only do you find it in lines along the roadside, sometimes it colonizes an unused former farm field, spreading it's flat white blossoms everywhere.