Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Blooms - The Blooms of Late Summer

 Before I get into my Wednesday flowers, I want to let the folks on the Gulf Coast know you are in my thoughts.  Last year, at almost this time, we were overwhelmed by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee here in upstate NY.  Some parts of New York, Vermont, and some other Northern states suffered extensively, especially from Irene.  I know what we went through is only a fraction of what you are going through now, on this the 7th anniversary of Katrina.

Now, to happier things.....

One of my favorite late summer flowers is the Rose of Sharon.

This year, they seemed to have bloomed exceptionally well.  I took these pictures with my iPhone while on an exercise walk through the West Side of Binghamton, New York.

A beautiful lavender-pink.
And white.

Here is a garlic chive flower from my garden, just starting to open.
Finally, my mystery wildflower of the week.  I haven't been concentrating too much on wildflowers this year (unlike last summer) so I wanted to share this and get it ID'd.   I didn't see too many of these last year - maybe they didn't like our wet weather.  This year, they are everywhere.  I took this picture on the Vestal Rail Trail.

Some trees are already starting to turn here in upstate NY and it is only the end of August.  Is it the drought? Or the first manifestation of an early fall?  Only time will tell, and I'll be here to blog about it.


  1. Hello, Alana. Just stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Challenge FB page, and wanted to say how beautiful your flowers are. So lovely. Here in the UK, our trees are beginning to turn now, too, and it's been raining here more or less constantly since April! Maybe the other end of the spectrum - water-logged. Still, an early fall, I think. Best wishes.

  2. I think your mystery flower is an evening primrose. Google it and see whether you agree.

    My back lawn is littered with yellow and orange leaves--too soon for that, in my book!

    Love the roses of Sharon! I moved mine late last summer, and was worried I had killed it. However, it was just taking its time to adjust and is now covered with buds. It may be the star of Bloom Day on September 15!

    1. I think you are right about the flower. Thank you!


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