And in the meadows, on the dunes, along the roadsides, the flowers are playing catch-up after a late spring. The bees and the bugs are hurrying to load up on goodies. Time's running out!
|Evergreen blackberry, Rubus laciniatus. Introduced from Europe, not as invasive as the Himalayan blackberry, but just as delicious.|
|Gold star, Crocidium multicaule.|
|Ocean spray, Holodiscus discolor, still mostly in bud. The open flowers will be white and fluffy.|
|Another Nootka rose.|
|Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. Each individual "flower" is made up of 3 to 8 white ray flowers (the petals) and 15 to 40 cream disc flowers. Only a few of these are open now.|
|Zooming in. The disc flowers, open, have yellow centres.|
|Yarrow in the field, as we usually see it.|
|Not a flower any more. Cultivated apple, growing beside Oyster Bay.|
More June flowers, tomorrow.