The spring flowers in the fields and byways are all gone. But summer brings another show with equal beauty. Some of these will survive into the hot months while others will disappear.
The bar ditches along our county road are filled with a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes of flowers. The rocky, caliche, disturbed areas is where these wildflowers thrive.
I think this bright yellow primrose is a Western Primrose (Calylophus Hartweggii). It grows low on the ground.
White Milkwort (Polygala alba) is small but attractive in a group.
A bouquet of Indian Blanket, Cut-leaf Groundsel, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
Indian Blankets (Gaillardia pulchella) usually have more shading on the petals than these do.
Before it gets too hot, Queen Anne’s Lace carpets the edges of the road.
Now, after these pictures were taken, they’ve already started to fall away.
Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) will bloom into the summer and fall as will Sweet William or Prairie Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida).
Love the drive along this road.
A lone Texas Thistle (Cirsium texanum) breaks the white span of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota).
Not sure, but think these daisies are Engelmann’s Daisy (Engelmannia peristenia).
Sumacs growing full and filling in the roadside.
Texas Bindweed’s (Convolvulus eqitans) small white flowers are 3/4″ to 1 1/2″ inches wide. They aren’t noticeable unless one looks closely at the ground.
Blackfoot Daisies (Melampodium leucanthum) are hardy little souls that form small rounded clumps. I tried these in the yard but they really don’t want more water than nature provides. They will bravely last until late fall.
As I pull into our property, another sight of late spring, early summer appears – lots of baby calves. The cattle is not ours but belong to a man who leases the pasture land.
Cute. Reminds me of Norman in ‘City Slickers’.
Tall grass from all the rain almost hides the little ones.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison