Out Looking For Wildflowers-July 21,2012

Even in the meadows and fields, July is poor in wildflowers in Middle Tennessee. I saw mostly fading Queen Ann’s Lace this morning out on the Pasquo Road.  I did find this lone Lycoris or Surprise Lily out near the mailbox of Steveaway Farms, and wondered who had planted it there to live alone-

There were fields of soybeans  and some fine vistas of these unnaturally green July hills. We have had eight inches of rain this month. I have never heard a brook running in July before. They are always dry by the end of May.

I would love to see what is growing up at the Steveaway Farms homeplace, but the drive is private, and the land is posted.


Behind the trees at the edge of this field is one of Tennessee’s treasures. The Natchez Trace Parkway. Nashville is its northern terminus. It ends 450 miles away in Natchez, Mississippi.


And these apples are a warning to any home gardener who wants his own orchard. Apples here suffer from cedar rust disease and do not live long. Mine did not. Plant a Moonglow pear instead!

Lastly, on the drive home I photographed these Knockout roses in the parking lot of a shopping center on 100 Highway. Proof that Knockouts are not” plant them and forget them” shrubs.


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