Late July among our native flora

Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware: legacy of the Lammot du Pont Copelands


There was rain yesterday in the night.

Today it was very hot.

The greens seemed to shift slightly in the faint haze.



Thimbleweed in seed


Of our bushes, only four are still in bloom.



Silverleaf hydrangea

Wild hydrangea

Gatsby Pink oakleaf hydrangea



A late-flowering bottlebrush buckeye with flowers 12 and 14 inches long is in bloom also.

Aesculus parviflora


The last of the native azalea in orange and dark pink are still in bloom.




The very fragrant and somewhat nondescript summersweet (sweet pepperbush) is in bloom also.


Clethra alnifolia



There are a few flowers persisting in the heat.



Native clematis

Native clematis in seed



Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)


Pickerelweed (Pontedaria cordaria)



Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)



Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)


Clustered mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum


Stokes Astor (Stokesia laevis)


Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)


White-flower leafcup (Polymnia canadense)


Tiger Lily (Lilium superbum)


Nodding onion (Allium allegheniense)



Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)


Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)


Phlox (phlox maculata)



The time of the meadow grasses is nearing.  In the meadow, the  golden rod is in flower.



Varieties of goldenrod (solidago)



The grasses are 2′ high. 

In 2 or 3 months, they will be 4 and 5′ high in pale greens, yellows, reds and blues.  


A changing paradise. Loveliest of places.









One thought on “Late July among our native flora

  1. You found so much colour and freshness with your camera. Delightful. Thank you.

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