Summer is Pink and Yellow

Man, it was hot today.  And with a name like “Winterwoman” you can imagine how I felt about that.  But I tried not to let it bother me.  I even went out for a short walk after work, even though most of my day was spent outside with kids at Day Camp!  I just needed to play with my camera and capture some summer wildflowers.  So I braved the heat and I’m glad I did.  These wildflowers will warm my heart this winter when there is only white snow to photograph…

Deptford PinkMostly I enjoyed using my 10X closeup lens, though once in a while, I took it off to get more of the plant in the picture.  We have debates in the office all the time, about what makes a good wildflower picture.  It all depends…  Are you trying to create a field guide?  Or are you trying to create a pretty picture?  I enjoy my closeups, even though they aren’t necessarily very good if you are trying to provide a learning guide for the whole plant.

The main reason I went out for the short walk after work was to get a better picture of the Deptford Pink than I was able to take during camp.  I love the color of this flower, which may account for its name.  Some sources, however, also point to the edges of the petals that look as though they were trimmed with pinking shears.  The “Deptford” part comes from the fact that this flower was quite common in a big field in Deptford, England.

Swamp CandlesI was also very taken by the “Swamp Candles” or “Yellow Loosestrife” which is blooming all over the place at Audubon right now.  There is plenty of it in Ferd’s Garden, and lots out on the field west of the Maintenance Road.  Here’s an example of a photo that doesn’t give you an idea of what the whole plant looks like.  Be sure to look it up in your Peterson Guide, or check out this photo I found online.

Getting back to pink, have you ever noticed large patches of pink flowers along roadsides.  It might be Crown Vetch – planted there intentionally to control erosion.  I guess it is non-native and we aren’t supposed to be happy when it shows up in places where it “shouldn’t be”.  But, it’s so pretty, I couldn’t  be disappointed when I found it along the Turtle Pond East today.

Crown Vetch

Bird's Foot TrefoilHow about another yellow one?  I learned this one when I was in Girl Scouts…  Later in the summer, it will have seed pods that look like little bird’s feet.  I suppose that is how it got its name:  Bird’s Foot Trefoil.

Some flowers have very distinctive smells, the Swamp Milkweed flowers, for example.  I wrote about this plant before, but it wasn’t in bloom.  Well, technically, I wrote about an insect that likes this plant

Swamp MilkweedIf you can find this flower, give it a whiff.   I swear it smells just like Bazooka Bubble Gum.  Really!  (Do they even still sell Bazooka Bubble Gum?)

And my last plant for today brings us back to yellow:  Butter and Eggs.  I also learned this one at Girl Scout Camp.  I loved the name of it and the way it looked like minature Snap Dragons – like the ones my mother grew at our house.

Butter and Eggs

What’s blooming in your Summer?

4 thoughts on “Summer is Pink and Yellow

  1. I do like the closeup shots. Often wildflowers are so tiny that the intricate details are missed when looking at the entire plant. I assembled my Friday Flowers post last night and guess what…? We have been taking some of the same pictures again! The individual flower of the climbing nightshade is very similar in shape to the swamp candles you show.

  2. Great flowers – the Deptford Pink shot is fantastic! Ditto the vetch, even though they’re “evil” 😉

    Not much blooming near where I live, as the hills have turned golden. Lots of asters (which I’m mostly hopeless at IDing), some straggling Paintbrush, Four-spot and Purple Clarkia, and the ever-present Sticky Monkeyflower. There were a lot of Yellow Mariposa Lilies a couple of weeks ago – genus Calochortus is definitely my favorite of the late-bloomers!

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    We’ve had good rains with lots of warm, sunny weather in between. I have amazing blooms on the small patches of common milkweed scattered throughout my yard and also the purple coneflowers and Queen Anne’s Lace in my wildflower garden are just starting to bloom.

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