Wildflowers on Ice

Schizachyrium scoparium on ice

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Several other bloggers are posting this week on the subject “Wildflowers in Winter,” so I’m joining in with some shots from my southeastern Pennsylvania meadow. All of these are from December 14, 2007, in between two periods of freezing rain.

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp) pods:

Apocynum cannabinum seedpods on ice

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed):

Asclepias syriaca seedpods on ice

Symphyotrichum sp. (one of the little white asters):

Symphyotrichum (Aster) sp. seedheads on ice

Dipsacus fullonum (teasel):

Dipsacus seedheads on ice

And last, Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover):

Lespedeza capitata seedheads on ice

6 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful subjects! Great compositions!

    Thanks, Hope. Mother Nature did the hard part; I just pushed the button.
    -Nan

  2. Again, fabulous pictures as well as a great title…you have captured the icy wildflowers perfectly.

    You’re very kind, Molly. I’m glad you came back!
    -Nan

  3. Nan, It’s cool that you’ve started your own blog (- you can just go blog wild now!) I’ve been thinking about doing that too but so far it’s just me hogging all the space at Bwold (and my own garden is nothing to write home about.) Anyhoo that teasel picture is a postcard.

    Hey there, Kris! “Blog wild”: I love it!
    -Nan

  4. These photos make winter look good…almost.

    *Almost*, indeed. Brrr. Thanks for visiting!
    -Nan

  5. Very nice!
    And you named them, too.

    (I just realized that I forgot to put my blog copyright on my pictures. I usually do)

    Thanks, Pamela, and welcome. I love the name of your blog: The Dust Will Wait!
    -Nan

  6. Your ice photos are so beautiful, yet chilling! I wish I had as much room as you do to grow that Asclepias; doesn’t it have the most wonderful scent? I’ll be trying to get rid of it this year to replace it with a better behaved Asclepias for my very small front garden.

    Yes, I’m very lucky to have plenty of meadow space for the common milkweed; what a spreader! You might want to consider Asclepias purpurascens instead: It stays in perfectly behaved clumps and has a richer flower color too. It usually doesn’t produce many pods, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on if you want them or not.
    -Nan

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