Monday, June 22, 2015

The Meadow is in Bloom!

You know that summer is really here when the meadow transforms itself into a bright pattern of yellow, white, pink and purple.  The meadow flowers like the bright Hawkweeds and the Daisies have come into bloom, and the meadow is at its most interesting.

My favourite is the Orange Hawkweed or 'Devil's Paintbrush', such a bright orange and finely toothed petals.

But there's are several yellow species of Hawkweed too, this one known as King Devil.

Together they grow in many spots across the meadow.

There are lots of Daisies too; you see them along the roadside frequently.

There's the large blossoms of the Mallow, which ranges from pink to white.

And of course there's lots of Crown Vetch, a beautiful purple, but a troublesome weed in the garden.  I aim to get it out before it ever blooms when it's tangling itself among the plants in the garden.

There's only a little Bird's Foot Trefoil, widely escaped from cultivation, and common along the roadsides, but it's one of the brightest yellow flowers.


I find it very hard to get photos that show the broader pattern of colour in the garden, and always resort to close-ups.  It's hard to get a reasonable focus on wider shots like these - but hopefully they give you an impression of the splashes of colour across our meadow.

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18 comments:

  1. We have lots of Yellow Hawkweed but no orange. Yes Vetch can be a tangled mess, I have plenty of that! I enjoyed all your photos:)

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  2. Lots of good stuff blooming in your area! Hooray for summer wildflowers!

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  3. Wild flowers at their best.

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  4. They planted vetch intentionally for quite a few years in Iowa's road ditches. The stuff shows up once in a while but they mow it down to keep it controlled. You flower shots are really good ones. i have not heard of some of you wild flowers but I am out the middle of the country prairie.

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  5. Wow, beautiful collection of wildflowers! I love the orange hawkweed! Lovely images, have a happy week!

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  6. Devil's Paintbrush is such a good name for a flower.

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  7. Love all the beautiful colorful flowers. Lots of wild daisies here too and my first daisy in my garden has popped out today. : )

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  8. I love to see fields of wildflowers blooming. beautiful.

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  9. Just beautiful! I enjoy these flowrers in singles or the whole patch. Just wonderful shots. :-)

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  10. Your meadow looks much like ours… beautiful photos of these familiar wildflowers.

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  11. Lovely photos ! All the wild flowers are in full bloom here in the fields to and I was out in it taking photos of them to today ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  12. very pretty, there isn't alot of colour here right now so it's nice to see yours :-)

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  13. Very beautiful photos! This is such a wonderful time of year.

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  14. That is what is so lovely with temperate weeds, they bloom in big and lovely colors. In my few visits to these countries, i am always fascinated by them, and wanted to photograph everything in those colorful meadows.

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  15. Gorgeous wildflowers! I was out in the meadow for a while on Sunday, but there were just too many mosquitoes.

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  16. Wonderful shots of the flowers!

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  17. They are all beautiful. I went for a walk this morning and took photos of the wild flowers I saw too and will share later. I had never heard paintbrush called Hawkweed before. Learned something. :)

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  18. However you shoot them, the flowers are beautiful!!!

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