I went on a week's vacation to northern New Mexico in mid-July. We hiked and went to botanic gardens, but the best moment of wildflower spotting was the unexpected one. A field of flowers on the roadside.
When I stepped out of the car, all about my feet was the most wonderful diversity of flowers!
Look at these!
|sky rocket and winged wild buckwheat|
Totally distracted by the flowers near the road, I never walked over to see what plant colored the distant fields purple. The site had penstemons in purple, but also lupines (Lupinus) which are taller so easier to see at a distance, and milkvetches (Astragalus) which are low but the right shade of purple (in the photo above out toward the fence). So too many choices! How wonderful1