I wish that I could paint a beautiful picture or perhaps give an account of what I have seen in the most precise words possible so that I could convey the exquistely delicate beauty that I just saw on Arabia Mountain...
Pineweed was growing all over the mountain and when it blooms, there are tiny starlike yellow flowers at the very top, can you see them in the closeup? So pretty and you might think that this plant is stiff like a pinetree but it's not, it is soft and it blows gently in the warm August air...
Another flower that was in great abundance was one that we we enjoyed on our last visit and the bees and the butterflies were enjoying it too...the Milkwort or Polygala Curtissii. I like to call it Polygala when I remember it, but when I can't, I call them, the little purple clover -like flowers that the bees love!
A butterfly with wings like stained glass, can anyone identify it for me? Here you see pretty purple Milkwort (Polygala) with the bright green leaves of the Yellow Daisy, which should bloom by September. With all the rain we have had, the Yellow Daisy plants are great in number!
Now, I have told you about the Pineweed and the Polygala and the bright green of the Yellow Daisy plants, but the star of the show on the mountain for August, has to be....drum roll please.... the MEADOWBEAUTY! There, you might think that it could not be possible to have such a perfect name for a flower but I promise you, it's true that is its name and it is a beauty.
From a distance, the flowers look white but on closer inspection, they are a very pale pink or lavender and when they grow together with the purple milkwort, it makes for quite a pairing. The color! I just know Monet would have wanted to have painted it! (Notice the star- like green plants growing here too, they will be the Yellow Daisies, the future star for September and October!)
I loved the little seed-pods that were beginning to form on the Meadowberry...they were truly lovely, and I told Richard that they were just as pretty as the flower. Imagine the joy I felt when I saw that Henry David Thoreau HIMSELF had described these seed-pods as "perfect little cream pitchers of graceful form."!
Yes! I agree! Can you see the little cream pitchers in the photo below?
This last little flower is one that I saw last year but could not identify...it is a bell shaped flower and it is blue at the base and becomes lighter, almost white...can you see it? So tiny and delicate, you must look closely for it...it is a summer bluet also called Venus' Pride, not to be confused with the spring bluet, which is a single flower (NOT bell shaped) and is a deep bluish purple...
Leaving you with a photo showing you the milkwort (Polygala) with Panola Mountain on the horizon. Let's go there next time, shall we? Hope you are enjoying a beautiful August wherever you are in the world!
Summer bluet, Houstonia pururea
Meadowbeauty, Rhexia mariana
Milkwort, Polygala curtissi
Pineweed, Hypericum gentianodes
Also... Blazing star, evening primrose, St Andrew's Cross, coreopsis, Asiatic dayflower and plant with plastic like leaves that I can't identify!-- Just a few of these but I wanted to note them here.
(Plastic like leaves could be rabbit ears plant in the summer.)