Archive for the ‘flowers’ Category

In my last post about the Badlands, this plant appeared in one shot.  I thought it was worth a closer look, so here it is: Wooly Verbena/Vervain.  These 1-4 foot tall wildflowers attract many species of bees and butterflies to the Badlands.  Plains Indians used this plant in their teas to calm stomach problems. The color especially pops in a landscape of tans and browns.

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I know. I said we were going to the Badlands today. But I forgot Friday is for flowers, so here is a shot of wildflowers by the first lake.  It’s been so much fun having you visit the Bighorns with me.  We’ll be leaving early tomorrow morning now that we have the cabin ready for winter: brace poles, dust covers, mouse bait and traps.  A friend will blow the water lines and all those sorts of things after we leave.  Makes it easier for us to just get up, finish loading the van and leave.  We’ll drive to Gillette, then stop for caffeine, either coffee or tea, and a bit of breakfast.  You can take a nap if you need to.

It’s been such fun.

Harebell. AKA bellflower, lady’s thimble, witch’s thimble, heathbells, fairies’ thimbles, or dead men’s bells.   These bells were still ringing in August in Wyoming.

Harebell was formerly used in the manufacture of blue dye for tartans and is the symbol of the MacDonald clan. The common name of harebell alludes to the folk beliefs that it either grew in places frequented by hares or that witches used juices squeezed from this flower to transform themselves into hares. The Haida Indians of the Pacific Northwest called them “blue rain flowers” and it was thought that picking them would cause it to rain. In Europe the leaves are sometimes eaten raw in salad and the plant is thought to have minor medicinal qualities.

Source: USDA

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You’ve seen how many flowers there are this year. All that rain helps, doesn’t it?  Let’s take a look at a few of them.  Look at that one standing all by itself. I think it’s fireweed.

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I can’t ever decide which color I like the best, but yellow is one of my favorites.  What about you?  What’s your favorite flower color? This is Common Tansy/Golden Buttons/ Bitter Buttons/Cow Bitter/Garden Tansy (at least I think so.)  You can just say Tansy, although I like Golden Buttons.  There are so many by the first lake!

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Yellow is so cheerful.

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It’s been a wonderful three plus weeks (yes, you’ll hear all about it) and now I’m back in northern Illinois. I’ve missed you!! Hopefully all of you have been doing well while I was taking my Wyoming break. I’ve seen some of you in Instagram when I could get the internet, but now I’ll be able to catch up with what’s going on in your lives and on your blogs.

All to ooften in the last years, August in the Bighorn Mountains has been quite dry, but this year there was plenty of moisture, which meant that wildflowers still abounded. Here’s a cluster that caught my eye and my phone lens while on an afternoon hike on sunny day.