From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Highway Wildflowers

Daisies and lace


Along Highway 68/80 as it approaches Hopkinsville from the east, the ditches are full of white wildflowers. I don't think they were planted by the State Highway Department. I believe the long, cool, damp spring this year made it easy for wildflower seeds to sprout and get established.


These are Queen Anne' lace, oxeye daisies, and another locally common wildflower that puts on clusters of tiny daisy-like flowers. I think they might be a type of fleabane (possibly Philadelphia fleabane), but I'm not sure. The USDA Plants database returns 244 results for "fleabane", and I'm too lazy tonight for earnest research.

2 comments:

Mourningdove said...

Hi Genevieve,
I haven't been on your site in some time. I am so glad to see you are still doing your amazing writing! I will remember to stop in again more often!

Genevieve said...

How nice to have you visit, Mourningdove. I've thought of you often and wondered how you are doing.

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