Sunday, February 25, 2024

Still Winter? More Flowers!

It is still winter for me. The ground is brown and cold. Oh, I can see a trace of green in the lawn and a new shoot or two on the iris, if I look carefully.  My snowdrops and crocuses are out of the ground, but not yet flowering. So, here are photos of summer flowers for cheer. Just a few more months...

sunflower Helianthus annuus

Annual sunflower, the cultivated Ukrainian sunflower, Helianthus annuus

Purple coneflower (Echinacea) and black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia)

echinacea and black-eyed susans

A milkweed, probably showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa

showy milkweed

Rocky Mountain bee plant, Cleome serrulata

Cleome serrulata

Goldenrod, probably Missouri goldenrod, Solidago missouriensis


Fireweed, Chamaenerion angustifolium (you'll also see the genus as Chamaerion and Epilobium)


Wild rosa, Rosa, likely Rosa woodsii 

Beardtongue, Penstemon
beardtongue, Penstemon

Wine cups, Callirhoe involucrata, you may know them as purple poppy mallows.

These are some of the natives to my area (Colorado, eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains), mostly photographed in cultivation. Some bloom earlier than others. But, the growing season is coming. 

Comments and corrections welcome

Kathy Keeler
A Wandering Botanist

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