Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Wildflower Weekend

Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful
weekend weather we are having here in the Buckeye state. 
With a cool down and a longer weekend it was
just right for a getting in a hike around the area  parks.
Here are some of the wildflowers and butterflies that were
spotted yesterday on our hike at Clear Creek Metro Park.


Woodland Sunflowers and Black-eyed Susan’s



The Black Swallowtails were enjoying the Ironweed.



Fields of Brown-eyed Susan’s



Downey False Foxgloves



Some had Tattered Wings.



The Bees were enjoying the Green Headed Coneflowers.



Green Headed Coneflowers were plentiful…



They were growing in mass among the creek.



Some Orange Jewel Weed also was growing along the creek.



Monarchs were enjoying all of the blooms and sunshine.



The Thistle blooms were very popular with them.





Some buttery Ox Eyed Sunflowers.



The Sumac Berries are ripening.



Sweet Yellow Goldenrod



Bees were burrowing into the Tall Bellflowers.



Thistle Blooms.



The Wood-Sytr was staying near the ground.



The tall bunches of Tick Trefoil were just so pretty.



The Milkweed was getting big pods.



Even a Dragonfly was about sitting on a Horse Tail Rush.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful long weekend
Happy Gardening !!!

Lona A


A Garden of Threads said...

Fabulous pictures of your wildflower walk. I hope you have a great week in the garden.

Antique ART Garden said...

Gorgeous pictures, I chased a few butterflies around a lantana bush yesterday and only got a few really good shots. thanks much, Gina

Annelie said...

Beautiful sights on your walk, Lona.
Funny to see your pictures as butterflies, golden rod and coneflowers have been on my mind today.
Was very tempted to buy some at reduced price.
Beautiful pictures as always.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

What a great array of wildflowers and insects. It is amazing how they survive all of the heat we have had this year.


bennie and patsy said...

Labor Day fun and cool air.

Stephanie said...

Lona, nature truly has its own way of providing 'food' for each other :-) Thanks for snapping wonderful picture for our admiration.

Balisha said...

You are such a treasure trove of information. Thanks for putting the names here in your I know what's blooming in my woods.
Have a great day...

tina said...

That is a bunch of lovely wildflowers and the insects enjoying them. Those gray headed coneflowers are really something.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Gorgeous flowers and insects, Lona! Your green-headed coneflower is known around here as wingstem. Green-headed coneflower makes more sense. :)

Christine B. said...

We've had a bad year for butterflies and bees, though it looks as if they are thriving in your neck of the woods. Too much rain here!

I'm wishing I hadn't pulled out that goldenrod last year after seeing your photo. It provided such good fall color. Oh well.

Christine in Alaska

Anonymous said...

I certainly love wildflowers, that's for sure. I bought a book called Wildflowers of Ohio to help me identify them. I don't mind the cooldown, but I still wish we'd get some rain.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Fantastic photographs! Oh, to be able to take pictures like that!
Simply lovely! Breathtaking!

Becca's Dirt said...

That was an enjoyable walk in the wildflowers. Love all the critters taking in the sweets from the flowers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lona Dear, I'm amazed at the array of wildflowers still abloom in your neck of the woods. Usually by this time everything is toast in the wild areas in my neck of the woods. Love the butterflies too. You must have been awfully patient to get such amazing photos. Always a pleasure!

Carol said...

Wonderful wildflower and butterfly photos! What butterflies have to put up with... just tattered dresses they are wearing... poor things. Birds it seems only see them as flying caterpillars. ;>(

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Wow! What a lot of beautiful wildflowers blooming there. It makes me want to find a place to hike around here and see if anything is blooming. I can't believe all the butterflies there either, they've all moved on from here now.

Anonymous said...

Your walk was very inspirational Lona! So many butterflies and gorgeous wildflowers. I need to take a nature walk! I never appreciated thistle blooms until I started gardening and noticed all the insect activity around them. Looks like the butterflies are included in that group. I "try" (mostly unsuccessfully) to grow artichokes because the blooms remind me of them ~ and I'd rather have those in my garden than thistles! Hope you had a good holiday weekend too. It went by much too fast.

Noelle said...

What a beautiful place....I wish I could have walked with you, but your pictures show the natural beauty so well, so I guess that is the next best thing :-)

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What spectacular photos Lona, you are very talented photographer! I've just become a follower, thanks for stopping by my blog as well and for posting my giveaway. I've got you in for 3 entries, good luck!