06.28.2019 Yarrow joins the party

Yarrow-Achillea millefolium is a very common roadside flower.Β  This time of the year one can find it most places.

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I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 06.28.2019 Yarrow joins the party

  1. That’s the second species this week that we share across 1800 miles. From what I’ve read, the Achillea complex is, well, complex. Apparently there are both native and non-native strains of Achillea millefolium and botanists haven’t sorted them out.

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  2. Thousands of starbursts
    White and gold

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Once upon a time, I found yarrow growing — somewhere. I didn’t know what it was, and now I can’t even find the photo to figure out where I found it. But I remember how pretty it was, and your photo certainly shows off its fine qualities. There’s something about tightly clustered, tiny flowers that just appeals.

    I’m curious about the ring-like shape in the center-left cluster of blooms. I wonder if it’s part of the plant’s structure, or damage of some sort. It might be the ring of some young maiden who was plucking the flowers. Yarrow’s been used in divination for centuries, and using the plant to find your true love’s got quite a history. There’s a lot of “say this verse and put three sprigs under your pillow, and your beloved will be revealed,” which isn’t any more or less silly than the “Loves me, loves me not” that we do with daisies.

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    • Just a gap in the flowers, I believe. There is another ring more or less centered but that is some unopened buds below all the others.. But given a choice I’ll go with your maiden’s ring. Nothing wrong with imparting a little romantic meaning in a photograph. I wonder if sprigs of yarrow have ever been proven prophetic in that way. I don’t think I’ll give it a try…could complicate things. πŸ™‚

      Yes, tightly clustered flowers do appeal and especially if they have a delightful scent. Milkweed works that way for me

      I’ve mostly always been able to find an image but occasionally one eludes me if it is old enough.


  4. Ann Mackay says:

    A familiar flower here in Suffolk, UK – growing through the grass in our lawn. (Our ‘lawn’ is full of all sorts – clover, daisies and lots of weeds too – keeps the bees happy!)

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    • That’s my kind of lawn, Ann. My neighbor strives for a monoculture in his yard. Drives me crazy. We get daisies, clover, three species of violets, hawkweed and more. No such thing as a weed, imo. πŸ™‚

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      • Ann Mackay says:

        And think of all the stress we avoid by not worrying about keeping the ‘perfect’ weed-free lawn, hehe!

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      • His pursuit certainly stresses me. Those folks don’t realize that they are affecting more than their own property. When we first moved here and for many years after I could find all kinds of different insect species coming to our gardens. Since he moved in and started treating the lawn those numbers have significantly declined.
        But I agree, no worries for our lawns. Let the weeds be fruitful and multiply. πŸ™‚

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      • Ann Mackay says:

        They’re certainly multiplying in my garden, hehe!

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    It joins the party in June here, too. And many places across the globe, I think! I love the sublte sunlight in this photo, Steve.

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