Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(the remnants of) Wildflower Wednesday

It is officially cold here. I hesitate to say it's officially winter because of course it is not, but it feels like it now, with temperatures having plunged to the 20s in the last couple days.

Not surprisingly the wildflowers are gone but the remnants of many of them are here, still looking textural, and likely to be even more so once it snows.

The goldenrods have great seedheads, I think. Above is the spiky, almost barbed-looking seedheads of zig-zag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)...

...and here is my new favorite, elm-leaved goldenrod (S. ulmifolia), which are retaining their drooping, shooting-star-like habit but now with fuzzy seeds.

Big-leaved asters (Eurybia macrophylla) are nearly as exuberant as they were with actual blooms.

The tall coreopsis (C. tripteris) lived up to its name this year; it's nearly five feet high! Its spent foliage and flowerheads are towering over the spent asters, zizias, pale purple coneflowers and sedums below (which are mostly covered by leaves at this point).

Leaving the seeds and spent foliage is of course good for any birds and other wildlife looking for food and shelter throughout our cold Midwestern winters. And it provides me with something to look at other than the hated (but grudgingly admitted, useful in winter) yew bushes. For more wildflowers this Wednesday, including some that are probably still blooming, visit Gail at Clay and Limestone. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Muddy Boot Dreams said...

See bloggers do make a silk purse out of a sows ear.

I love the texture of the fading beauties, it's almost as lovely as when they were in their prime.

We have cold here in BC, early, and severe, so sadly no wildflowers, or any other flowers they are all hiding under the snow.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That Eurybia is just adorable, like a bunch of little stars. I'm so glad I didn't deadhead mine. I'll have to pop out back & see what they look like.

Carol said...

I love your header photo! Your lovely seed photos are inspiring for future blooms and reflect a time to pull in tight to reunite for another year . . . planing, dreaming and digging. They are like tiny stars waiting to be caught. Happy Thanksgiving to you! ;>)

Rose said...

My wildflowers are all remnants now, too, Rose, but like you I kind of like these interesting seedheads and spent blooms. They do give you something to look at in the winter besides those yews--which I have, too:)

We had sleet this morning; I'd definitely prefer snow. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Gail said...

Rose, I believe the remnants of wildflowers are lovely in their own right! Don't you love the stars on aster seedheads after the fluffiness disappears! Have a sweet Thanksgiving and I love that you join WW! gail

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