Saturday, June 28, 2014

TODAY'S FLOWERS #303


 On our walk at Limberlost Trail a while ago, there were Bluets everywhere and they were a beautiful sight.  Another name for this pretty little flower is Quaker Ladies.  They are about half an inch across and very small compared to some that I saw that day, but they were one of my favorites.  Bluets were blooming all along the trail, and by the end of our walk I had fallen in love with this tiny wildflower.





 Pink Columbine, sometimes called Granny's Nightcap or Pink Lanterns.  It attracts butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds and blooms for an extended time beginning in early spring.  It thrives in sun or shade and will self seed.  Buntings and finches apparently love the seed.  





I have Gregg to thank for this one.  It is a Pink Trillium and was not immediately visible but Gregg is a great spotter and picked it out almost immediately.  It was the only one we found that day.  Trillium are members of the lily family.  Another name for Trillium is Stinking Benjamin!  As you might guess by the name they apparently don't smell very nice.  No I didn't bend down to take a whiff, frankly I would never have been able to get up again without great difficulty.  Apparently insects love that stinky smell.
 


This is a White Baneberry, also known as Doll's Eye.  It is a highly toxic plant which is its only defense.  It deters both humans and most animals but there are some who are tolerant to the toxins.  What animals those are I'm not sure.



This yellow flower is called Golden Ragwort.  Its nectar and pollen attract small bees and flies.  We saw a lot of Carpenter bees flying around, and another flying insect that you can just make out in the photo. 





Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.




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