Monday, June 3, 2013

Wildflowers blooming in the woods

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Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)
I will be leaving soon on a 10-day trip to a place I've always wanted to visit - the Pacific Northwest (Portland). Everybody keeps telling me that I will not want to return home. That is probably true - a climate where heat and humidity are rare, liberal politics prevail and uber-religious people are the minority - that sounds like paradise to me. But, sometimes you just have to live and endure with what you've got.

As enticing as Portland sounds and I'm sure it will be, I was on the property where I grew up yesterday and thought to myself, "The Alabama woods are pretty darn beautiful!" Sure, the heat, chiggers and ticks are a constant battle but I really love this property. Sadly, I've never paid much attention to the flora that inhabit these woods until recently. I am astounded by the number of wildflowers that are blooming. 

The Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) seems to be the most prolific at the moment. It is everywhere on the property.



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Also prolific is the Bellflower (Campanula americana) - at least this is what I think it is - it is all over the place as well.  No complaints however!



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Wild roses, like this Carolina Rose, grow mainly along the creek.
Blephilia ciliata (Downy Woodmint)

 
Wild Petunia (Ruella caroliniensis)

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta).

And here are a few wildflowers that I don't know the identify of - if you have any ideas, please let me know.
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The creek



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Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

21 comments:

  1. Very nice. I love the creek. I would go wading in it every day. Have a great trip. I'm off to the west coast also in a few days to California.

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  2. Your photos are stunning, and the creek looks so cool and enticing.

    But it is the Indian Pink, the spigelia, that steals my heart, and your pictures are tantalizing. I saw a beautiful stand blooming in the woods in Massachusetts. I have tried twice to grow it, and now, on my third try, I hope to see those pretty red and yellow flowers. Your post is giving me good karma for this latest try!

    Enjoy the PNW.

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  3. Oh, I think you will love it here in the PNW. Are you going to be looking up any of the Portland bloggers? It looks like we are going to be having some great weather while you're here too.

    I think that first flower, the yellow one, is a Verbascum.

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  4. Have a great trip and take lots of pictures to share with us!

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  5. Hi Alison, this trip came up so fast that I haven't made many plans. I have been in contact with Scott at Rhone St. Garden and I'm planning on visiting him. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

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  6. wildflowers are the best surprise..

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  7. Phillip, Hello! I think you'll love it out there and I can't wait to hear about your trip. As for the unknown wildflowers~First I think the one labeled Heal All is Blephilia ciliata (Downy Woodmint) and the last unknown is a penstemon, not sure which one though. Checking on the small bells and nothing yet! Don't you think the beautiful blue flowers look like delphiniums of some kind....gosh they're beauties. gail

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  8. Hi Phillip, For all the reasons you mentioned, you will love the PacNW. Your wildflowers are lovely. Have a great trip and bring back pictures to share.

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  9. Lovely! Such intense colors on the Indian pinks.

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  10. You'll love Portland Phillip! I hope you have a great trip and decide to move out west! Washington is pretty sweet, too and on Puget Sound, we get even less heat and humidity than Portland!

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  11. I love woodland wildflowers! How I wish I had a creek like that on my property! You will enjoy your trip to Portland! One of my sons lives there, and the climate is perfect for plants. If you get a chance, you must tour the Columbia River gorge area, as well as at least part of the Oregon coast. The Oregon Garden, about 60 miles out of Portland, is also a great place to visit.

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  12. Phillip, these are lovely! Do you have "Wild Flowers of North Alabama"? It isn't 100% for finding everything here, but it does help. I'm not certain, but I believe your yellow flowers are Mullein. Is the base of the plant growing in a gray, fuzzy looking rosette?

    We once made plans (over a year ago) for me to come visit your gardens in the fall. Things happened and I'm sorry I never got back to you. Anyway, as it turns out, we are moving to the mountains in Tuscumbia and that makes it much closer, and easier for me to come by if your invitation is still open.

    Lynda

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  13. I love wildflowers...I like any flower I didn't have to plant, screen, mulch, feed, water...etc

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  14. I'm checking out this post on my ipad and am amazed at how beautiful your photos are... Just stunning...Larry

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  15. Phillip thanks for identifying the Indian Pink. We saw some the other day while riding horseback at Seven Springs Lodge. I haven't visited Portland but love Wyoming and Montana. The flora at Glacier Park was simply spectacular.

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  16. Fabulous wildlings. You will have so much fun working them into your garden. Have a great time on your trip. Can't wait to see what catches your eye.

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  17. Phillip, green with envy at your upcoming trip as I haven't been to the PNW ever, either. Maybe next year when I retire I can combine it with a trip to see my son in San Francisco.

    But the real reason I wrote was to say what great photos you have of the Spigelia. I have them in my garden too but have never been able to capture them to my satisfaction with my camera. They are so spectacular! And a very unusual color for shade plants.

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  18. The flowers in your garden are stunning! Any suggestions for a flower that tolerates full shade?

    Nicole
    http://sweetteaproper.com

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  19. Nice photos! And you will love Portland. The Japanese and the Chinese gardens are lovely and don't forget Powell's bookstore! The gardening section will keep you there for days. Jeannine

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  20. Have fun! Your woods look like a wonderful place to grow up. I think Portland sounds incredible, too. I'm sick of DC politics.

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