Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mid July Wildflowers

 Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)

Here are three wildflowers blooming in central Ontario now.

Spotted knapweed may be pretty but it is also a villain. It tend to spread quickly and outcompete indigenous wildflowers.

Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

The name says it's blue but I say it's purple. What do you think?

 Elecampane (Inula helenium)

Elecampane usually grows in shady places. FYI: According to legend, elecampane grew where Helen of Troy's  tears fell when Paris abducted her.

Evidence that local ducks are moulting

Not a flower, you are correct. But it is nature!
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48 comments:

ADRIAN said...

Perfect, DOF is just as I like it.

Jacquelineand.... said...

All of these are considered useful herbs, as well as invasive species. Elecampane is one of my favourites; it's so helpful for skin conditions!

Blogoratti said...

Wonderful photos and thanks for sharing!

Stewart M said...

Helen of Troy must have travelled a lot more than some histories suggest then!

Nice pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Lois Evensen said...

Beautiful!

Giga said...

They are nice, but sorry that dominate the native flowers. Greetings.

Kathy said...

I agree. It's definitely purple. There seems to be a common disagreement between certain people, one group who believes a certain flower is blue and another who believes it is purple. There must be some small difference in color perception. Remember the controversy a few months back over whether a dress was black and blue or gold and white?

Kate said...

Wildflowers should be good for attracting bees.

Anvilcloud said...

The Blue Vervain certainly looks purple in this photo. I may have a recent pic too. I should see if it also looks purple.

Andy said...

The Ontario weather this summer has been good for plants. Just enough light and just enough rain.

William Kendall said...

They certainly are pretty!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful, I love the pretty purples! Happy Sunday!

Lois said...

Very pretty! I think the Blue Vervain looks more like a dark lavender.

VP said...

Another amazing set of beautiful flowers... minus one.

Birdman said...

Love that feather on water.

Sandra said...

we are molting here today but not the ducks... the color of that first flower is gorgeous.. these are happy photos today

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful, I'm the last one to tell certain shades of blue from certain shades of purple. I used to pick the wrong colors all the time in grade school.

Jo said...

Excellent photography, Tina! I especially loved the feather in the last shot. Have a great day. Jo

Jenny said...

Yesterday, I was out taking pictures of vervain and elecampane!The vervain is definitely purple. I found in real life it is a very deep purple which my camera didn't capture at all. I really like the shape of the elecampane that grows almost to 5'. Very striking. Lots of knapweed in our neck of the woods. Pretty but very invasive.

Sylvia K said...

Superb, colorful captures of exquisite flowers and what a beautiful way to start my day -- you are VERY GOOD at just that, every day!! Enjoy yours and have a great new week!!

Montanagirl said...

Very beautiful wildflowers - and I agree, It looks purple to me too.

cieldequimper said...

Sigh... so pretty! I love centaurées. And the verbena looks wonderful but is it the herbal tea one?

Amy at love made my home said...

Beautiful flowers! xx

RedPat said...

It's such a pretty time of year - but soooo hot today, EG! Lovely flowers and feather!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Blue??? Vervain? I say purple,but then I didn't name it. I love seeing the wild flowers. Yes,even a fallen feather is beautiful.

Felicia said...

looks purple to me too. we have it here, never knew the name.

Linda W. said...

Pretty flowers and nice photos.

Jack said...

You do such a fine job with your close-ups of the natural world. The first image really grabbed me, even if it is invasive.

barbara l. hale said...

Isn't it a shame that some of the most beautiful wildflowers are also invasive and really don't belong? Your photos are so beautiful!

barbara l. hale said...

Isn't it a shame that some of the most beautiful wildflowers are also invasive and really don't belong? Your photos are so beautiful!

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Lovely pictures and so knowledgeable with all those names...

Cloudia said...

I want to name this color "Vervain"

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Definitely purple Tina. I like all three wildflowers. But do realize some are annoying pests. Admire your knowledge as well as your photo. skills!

Chandra Eswaran said...

The flowers are so beautiful.
Indigenous v. invaders is an interesting problem.
I love the solitary feather too.
Have a Wonderful Day, Tina!
Peace :)

Roan said...

Each is a beauty. I especially like the second shot with the colorful background.

Randy said...

Such beautiful blooms.

Margaret Adamson said...

ALL STUNNING IMAGES

Rose said...

Some very beautiful pics here, EG. The flower are beautiful in and of themselves, but the lighting really shows off that beauty.

Annemor said...

I think it looks purple, but, that might not be the true color.
Lovely set of pictures.
Have a nice day.
Mormor

Andrea Priebe said...

I love wildflowers and interesting that yours are almost all different than what we have blooming at the moment. I see purple flowers as well. There must be just a fine line of difference because I frequently see purple when people say blue. Is it me or is it them ... hmmm. These are beautiful flowers, Tina would love to have them blooming here as well.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Janie said...

I call it purple.
Lovely wildflowers, and duck observation.

bettyl-NZ said...

I am loving these great colors! I guess the names depend of where you are from and what you are trying to describe.

edenhills said...

Beautiful flowers!

Kay said...

I wonder if I've seen any of these and just didn't notice them. Blue Vervain definitely looks purple to me! These are all nice shots but I especially like the feather.

Indrani said...

Love the focus in these. Very beautiful colors framed.

jandi said...

wonderful shots! yes, soon it will be autumn on your side of the world...

NatureFootstep said...

the light enhances all of them. The one you call Spotted Knapweed, we mostly have the blue one.

Rambling Woods said...

I take out the knapweed whenever I see it. We have vervain that we planted and it is blooming... I love to learn about the wild flowers Tina.. Michelle

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