A couple of years ago, I devoted Wednesdays on my blog to wildflowers. I've gotten away from that, but feel like returning to my blogging roots (so to speak) this Wednesday.
So, what's blooming in upstate New York? A lot of flowers and plants which, I found to my delight, also have medicinal uses.
I'm careful about saying this, because I do not, personally, use wild plants for this purpose. But it is interesting that several well-regarded websites, including WebMD, now feature articles on these alternative therapies.
There's the yellow wildflowers:
mullein growing. This is a tall herb, and my picture doesn't show just how majestic this herb is. And, it may be of some usefulness with sicknesses that produce a lot of mucus (among other uses).
And then, the blue:
Chicory. Not just a coffee substitute.
Joe Pye Weed.
We are close to the end of wildflower season. Soon, we'll see the ones that will bloom until frost - the tiny native asters. When I see the goldenrod, and hear the crickets chirp, I always feel a little sad. I know that winter is on its way.
Do you enjoy wildflowers? What are your favorites?