I thought I would dust off a few of the drafts languishing in my WordPress files and send some nature out into the world. There’s a lot going on right now and my mind is cluttered with it all, so why not deviate a bit and share some goodness. I had hoped we would get back to Watson Preserve this fall but we haven’t gotten there yet. Maybe in November!
Actually looking back at these photos brightens my mood a bit. With autumn happening and everything senescing, it is sometimes hard to believe everything was alive and in bloom a few short months ago.
I was glad to see the pineland hibiscus, Hibiscus aculeatus blooming this time we went to Watson as the time previous in May it hadn’t been flowering. I love the photo above with the dashes of pollen on the petals.
I just discovered some of this growing along our pond shoreline here at home and I’m thrilled about it. I moved a couple of plants from the dam area where they are located over to our part of the shoreline but will also wait to see when they go to seed and spread a bit around the shoreline then, too.
I’m not sure what this plant is. I thought I had put everything into iNaturalist back in the summer but I couldn’t find that I had done this plant so I just submitted it and nothing is coming up. I will need to flip through some books and come back to edit this one later, but it is located on the north side of the house in the bracken ferns.
I’m still a fan of the more purple variation of the red milkweed that is growing along the boardwalk near the house. I wonder if it is a variety or a subspecies? It is just so different than the others.
And greeting us on our way out were Physostegia sp.. Chris tried for years to get some established into our flower beds and the first year, maybe the second, they did ok, but they deer won’t leave them alone.
Hope this was a little spot of brightness in your day!