I am always envious of the wide swaths of wildflowers my Texas friends share in their blogs. Most of the time here in Western Massachusetts the flowers are in small patches with a few exceptions like Goldenrod or Buttercups. I found a spot the other day, actually one I spend a lot of time visiting, with a nice large spread of a wildflower.
Atkins Reservoir is pretty low lately. Despite all the rain we had earlier this Spring, our rainfalls this summer have been few, far between, and of short duration. My favorite brooks are mostly rocks now and the ponds are lower than usual. But sometimes that’s an advantage for plants. In this case, it’s Golden Hedge-hyssop.-Gatiola aurea.
This native wildflower lives most of its time submerged growing to very short heights or even staying below the pond bottom surface. But when the water level drops it bursts into view, growing to about 8″ or so and giving out bright yellow blooms.
It is wide-spread here and I’d guess that were the reservoir to disappear for a short while the entire bed would be covered with them.
Among all those small wildflowers is another wild shrub, Buttonbush-Cephalanthus occidentalis which you’ve seen as a flower recently.
While we need the reservoir filled back to capacity, this was a chance to see just how prolific Golden Hedge-hyssop is when given the opportunity to bloom. And, for a change, I got a chance to fill a frame with thousands of native wildflowers. 🙂