Late Spring flowers made an appearance this past week in between the rains. Yarrow and foxglove are blooming and the orange day lilies first bloomed three days ago.
The bright purple triangles of spiderwort have been beautiful and blooming for a week now. Not that each individual flower has been blooming that long – on the contrary, both the day lily and spiderwort flowers last only for a day.
Spiderwort flowers really don’t even last the whole day. You have to see them before noontime, or you will find them with their petals curling up, their flower heads drooping, and finally all of it wilting into a mass of gelly.
Purple petals and stamens of spiderwort contrast with the yellow anthers and green foliage.
Spiderwort flowers droop in the afternoon after showing off their purple and yellow beauty.
This morning the first Rudbeckia flowers to show any signs of yellow pointed straight up as if to thank the heavens for last night’s rain. In the heat of midday the new growth of these black-eyed susans gets a bit droopy. The coolness of the night seems to revive them for another day in the sun.
Black-eyed Susan just starting to open its bright yellow flowers.
Rudbeckia flower opening itself to the sunshine.
Echinacea flower structures are assembled although they are still green. They will have to put on some size before they turn out their purple-pink blossoms to be recognized as Purple Cone Flowers.
Green flower starts of echinacea.
Purple cone flower leaves, stems and sepals feel sticky due to the fine, stiff hairs that cover the plant.