Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spring Wildflowers

Spring is almost gone, and so are the spring wildflowers.  Hub and I were at the TVA Reservation Wildflower Garden yesterday, and we found a few things still blooming.

This is a Seven-Bark Hydrangea, and they are growing abundantly along the trail. I remember picking these in the woods when I was a child; they were so beautiful, I was willing to be covered with chigger bites to get them.

When I first saw this, I thought it was an old tire.  It is actually a huge vine in a round shape.  I wonder if it started life wrapped around a tree that is no longer there. 

The Oak Leaf Hydrangea is at its peak right now.  We have five bushes of it growing in our yard now, but they are not quite as big as the one shown below.

In 1999, the Oak Leak Hydrangea was named Alabama's State Wildflower.

We saw a few more things. . . .