The day is gloriously blue-skied, hot, and sunny - mid 80s and slightly sticky - with just enough breeze (about 10 mph) to keep things pleasant. I have doused every inch of exposed skin (also some inches of unexposed skin) with homemade bug deterrent (tea tree oil and peppermint oil in an olive oil base), as I shall be clambering through a lot of underbrush and would rather not come home with more bites than photos.
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Today's pictures are being presented in alphabetical, rather than chronological, order. :)
A is for Aster:
(This may actually be Helianthus, but I couldn't confirm the identification. It's definitely a member of the Aster family.)
B is for Bellflower:
...and Birdsfoot Trefoil:
...and Bindweed (Hedge):
...and Black-Eyed Susan:
C is for Campion (white):
...and Clover (Red):
...and Cow Vetch (with Corn):
...and Crown Vetch:
...and Cyclist (ahem):
D is for Daisy Fleabane (can you spot the tiny peach-coloured spider?):
E is for Elder:
G is for Grapevine (I know, not a flower, but I love this little vine-covered shed):
H is for Hawkweed (Yellow):
K is for Knapweed (Spotted):
M is for Milkweed (Common):
...and More Milkweed (Swamp):
...and Mouse-Ear Chickweed:
P is for Parsnip (Wild):
Q is for Queen Anne's Lace:
...and Soapwort (also called Bouncing Bet):
...and Spiderwort (gone to Seed):
...and St. John's Wort (Common):
...and Swamp Buttercup:
T is for Thistle:
...and Turk's Cap Lily (with Unidentified Umbellifer in background):
U is for Unknown (can anyone identify this tiny blossom, about 1/4" wide?):
So did I set a new personal record for Wildflowers Spotted While Cycling Less Than 20 Miles?
Just a moment while I tally up....
Varieties spotted: 36
Varieties photographed: 33
(Bug bites: 3)
Woo hoo! Wildflower heaven.
And a very good ride too, once I was able to put the camera away and pedal more than a few yards at a time. :)
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What's blooming in your neck of the woods?
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