Blue vervain is just a weed but butterflies like it.
Silk Grass, October 2012.
Last fall, Agalinis bloomed in what's a pond right now.
This year's crop is farther away up the hill where I stood with the camera.
Agalinis, False Foxglove has formed colonies all over. You can tell which way the wind blew, scattering seeds.
Elephant's Foot is near bloom too. I am amazed at how much taller the stems are this year after all the rain. Elephantapus already has the tri-cornered bracts that precede pink blooms.
Spurred Butterly Pea is prolific at woods' edge.
If white blooms of Sumac make red berries, it's the good kind. Poison sumac has white berries that never get red. I think these are the good kind. Little groves have formed around trees and along fences. Deer enjoy them. By October, we'll have glorious red Sumac leaves.
Speaking of deer, He-who-mows and the Dog rode up here last night. They saw a huge buck and the Dog went crazy. Then they saw a herd of 10. Deer hunting here is legendary. The lady who hunts in the big woods across the highway has pictures on her deer cam to back up the rumors. Hunting is managed; we don't hunt nor do we eat venison.
This afternoon after He-who mowed the paths, we were up there and saw a doe and her fawn. They ran from Woods edge to the 3 acre wood.
Some grasses are starting to head out. Bluestems are not yet putting up seed panicles. There are groves of Beautyberry whose berries are just turning pink. Pokeweed berries are still white.
I love the wild gardens because they require no care except mowed paths where we can explore and controlled burn in late winter.