It was a beautiful morning today, and since I work from home on Mondays I had an extra few minutes before starting work. I used those minutes to walk around our yard taking a few photos:
This Fleabane is growing in our yard along the sidewalk to our driveway. I’m probably a bit negligent with mowing the lawn, and I’m not sure the patches of Fleabane I leave when I do mow are fully appreciated by others. Thanks to my tolerant wife!
Robin’s Plantain, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/14/2011.) Scientific name is Erigeron pulchellus. Photo below was taken The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain on April 9, 2011. I was excited to identify this plant, identifying all 4 Erigeron species which are found in my area.
For those who were hoping for, as Ed Sullivan would have put it, “A Really Big Shew,” the time has passed in 2009. However, that is relative to The Pocket, and the abundance of wildflowers still exceed what you’ll find in many areas. While the dominant flower along the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail seems to be Sweet Cicely right now, a species that isn’t exactly ‘showy,’ several of the “signature species” could still be found on Saturday, 4/25.
If you’ll recall something I said in a previous article, you’ll be able to guess that the above flower is a member of the Aster family. Most folks have seen fleabane along roadsides and in fields. This small, daisy-like flower is very common, spread throughout Canada and the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. This photo is of Philadelphia fleabane, Erigeron philadelphicus, growing on our lot in northwest Georgia.