Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wildflower Wednesday-Civil War Site Plants

Would a blogger be so dedicated to bring you new content for Wildflower Wednesday that she would brave 104 degree weather to take pictures of plants on Civil War sites in  NorthernVirginia?


I only have one picture of flowers for you. Maybe all the flowers were hiding from the heat.  But, undaunted, I decided to take pictures of plants I normally don't see in the two places I take wildflower photos.  So now, for your viewing pleasure:  plants of Civil War sites.

This plant, growing on the roadside at Mayfield Fort near Manassas, is growing something that looks like young pears. But I almost wonder if this is a hardy kiwi.  Call this one a mystery plant.  Does anyone know?

This next plant is no mystery to me.  When we lived in Arkansas, we had several of these on our property.  This is a sassafras tree.

This plant has sumac like leaves but white flowers.  It's not poison ivy and I feel like I should know what this plant is.  But I don't. 

Another one of these plants, more close up.  It's hard to see with all that green, but I wasn't going to stand out there in the 114 heat index heat and try to get something better.

Finally, two old favorites in one photo.  Queen Anne's Lace on the left and the beginnings of goldenrod on the right. (These are blooming here in Upstate NY, too.)  They were in the shade.

 I've read accounts of the battle of Bull Run talking about pink wildflowers in bloom.  Whatever they were, I never saw any.  I was disappointed that I didn't see anything that looked like pink wildflowers on the Manassas battlefield but then again, I really wasn't looking.

It was nice to have a change of scenery.  Next week, back to upstate NY.

1 comment:

  1. I believe the first tree to be either a Cleveland flowering pear or a Bradford pear, neither of which actually bear fruit.


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