Friday, June 23, 2017

June flowers, Oyster Bay

Time's a-wasting. Here we are on the down slope of the year already; the days getting shorter, the sun heading south. Yesterday, dawn was at 5:11 AM; tomorrow it will be at 5:12. We've lost a whole minute already! Winter is on its way!

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.

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