Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Surprises of Rainy Days

We had a lot of rain in July and August, not enough to cause destruction, but just too keep the grass too wet to mow. Two dry days in a row had my husband eager to get on the riding mower and mow down our crabgrass. I decided to take a stroll around the yard before he mowed.

First, I wanted to give my grandson a break and fill the front birdfeeder. Much to my surprise, there were beautiful tiny flowers growing around the feeder. I'm guessing that the birds dropped the seeds. I don't know what either of these flowers is called.

Each of these small white flowers is smaller than the diameter of a dime!

Each of these blooms is about the diameter of a nickel. I couldn't see the "veins" until I downloaded the photo to my computer.

As I walked past the birdfeeder towards the front of our lawn where it slopes down to the road, I was amazed. The first photo in this post above represents a small section of the masses of wildflowers that greeted me. I couldn't believe my eyes. The entire area, which measures about 40 feet across and runs about 15 feet down the slope, was covered in wildflowers. The scene wouldn't fit into a single shot.

Off towards the side was a mass of brown-eyed Susans. I captured a small section here.

Then I stood and stared at the mass of flowers. There were many flowers I didn't recognize among the lavender clover, white clover, and Queen Ann's Lace. At first, I thought I was looking at a lot of lavender clover, but closer inspection revealed that most of the lavender blooms were small lavender and white flowers I did not recognize.

Friends told me they thought this flower is crown vetch. I googled it and sure enough the photos that turned up look just like this.

The name of these small yellow flowers is a mystery to me. I love their unusual shape. Very pretty!

These grow in other parts of the yard, too. But they make a beautiful part of the wildflower mass. I don't know what they are called. I call them "daisylets" since they look like miniature daisies to me.

There were a few other flowers that I didn't do a very good job of photographing. Maybe next year. Dave and I have decided the slope won't be mowed. I hope you enjoyed my little tour of the wildflowers.

One thing I find very interesting is that we do have an area in the back yard that we have let grow wild for the last three years because it provides a nice space for the the birds to forage and get out of the elements. Most of the plants and wildflowers that grow there are different from those on the slope.

Here is a photo of the weedpatch taken from the deck.

Here is what the rainy weather this summer has taught us:
"Don't Mow, Let the Wildflowers Grow!" :-)


Mike Golch said...

the flowers look great. I have a you make me smile award on my site I would like you to have it.because that is whet you do! Hugs and Blessings. Mike G. said that!

Deborah Wilson said...


The wildflowers are beautiful - and I love the brown-eyed (also black-eyed) Susan's.

Last year, I notice that flowers were also growing around my feeder, but it was mostly sunflowers - and way too late in the season to grow properly. But the birds do scatter the seeds - and it's lucky that you have a spot where you don't have to mow.

There are so many varieties of wildflowers that I couldn't even begin to name them...:)

storyteller said...

How lovely to see all your beautiful flowers and the ‘natural weed patch’ thriving in your lovely yard! We’ve hardly had ANY rain here in Southern California, so if I didn’t water regularly … everything would be dead. I’m almost wordless at Sacred Ruminations this morning … haven’t decided WHAT to do at Small Reflections just yet … but today I’m trying to ‘catch up’ from being away from home all day yesterday.
Hugs and blessings,

Susie said...

Hi Tina,
The rain has made your yard and garden so green and colorful! We are looking forward to some rain here in CA as everything is just bone dry.

Tina Coruth said...

Thank you, Mike for the compliment on the flowers and the wonderful award! :-) hugs, Tina

Deborah, thank you! Yes, I am lucky to have a spot that we can let go. It's funny how things work out sometimes. If not for all the rainstorms, I never would have known about all these wildflowers growing in the yard. :-) Tina

Thank you, Storyteller. I sure hope you get some rain soon. It seems like most of the country has either been saturated or bone dry. Between my husband's hand surgery and the thunderstorms, I am so far behind. You may have noticed I even missed skywatch Friday. But I will get caught up!! :-) hugs,Tina

Hi Susie! I'm wishing for rain for you. I wish I could send half of ours your way. Then both of our states might have just the right amount of rain. :-) hugs, Tina

Jo said...

your flowers are so beautiful. Mine are so sad looking. They started out with a lot of promise, but as the weather worked so hard against them, well they are sad.....

Mary said...


Such beautiful flowers. One of my favorites are black-eyed susans.

Many of my flowers died early this year because of too much rain.

Take care, my friend. I hope all is well with you and yours.


Joyce said...

What dainty beauties those wild flowers are! I'm visiting you today from a link at Storyteller's blog. <3

Mike Golch said...

just poped in to say congrats on the award that storytellr has for you.

Linda said...

All the rain has made your yard so beautiful!!! Our yard is so dry and turning brown. I sure wish we would get some rain.

Stop by when you get a chance. I have an award for you.

Have a great weekend.

Patti said...

What beautiful flowers! We have really been blessed with lots of rain this year! I want to thank you for all the many wonderful comments you leave on my blog, I really appreciate every one of them!!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Tina,

I like your motto-"Don't Mow, Let the Wildflowers Grow." And you sure have many little beauties. I wish we could leave the field unmowed. When we did, it was full of wildflowers. But too many snakes reside around here as well, so mowing is a must. I do have patches along the edges of the woods that I leave unmowed. We had a dry July and August, after a very rainy spring.

Lovely pictures of the wildflowers. Sorry I'm late getting here. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

Love and Hugs,