Burst of pink

This summer has been rather rainy here on the eastern side of the Arkansas Ouachitas. The abundant rain and temperate, um, temperatures, may account for the steady parade of wildflowers we’ve not seen before. These pinks popped up last weekend. Don’t know what they are yet (possibly smooth phlox?), but they sure stand out among the greenery.

pink flowers in grass

Group of pink flowers in grass.
Did not see him while composing this image, but there appears to be a little fishing spider on the blade of grass on the right edge of the picture.

Labor Day blooms

A long dry spell has been broken by rain and cooler temperatures. That’s given wildflowers a chance for long last comeback before the frosts begin in November.

Sunflowers and French mulberries
FALL ARRANGEMENT -- Yellow wild sunflowers contrast with beautiful French mulberries.
PINK FLOWERS - Labor Day blooms at Jenkins Ferry State Park.
PINK FLOWERS - Labor Day blooms at Jenkins Ferry State Park.
Purple blooms
ROYAL PURPLE -- More Labor Day blooms at Jenkins Ferry State Park.

May flowers – Update

Spring’s flowers’ ¬†shining faces turn toward the sun.

Pink flower
These beautiful spires of pink flowers with large oval leaves seem to have suddenly appeared in the woods. Hope to find out what these foot-tall plants are.

We have since learned that the mystery pink flower is Streptanthus maculatus, a clasping jewelflower. This member of the mustard family grows in the Arkansas Ouachitas. According to USDA, it also grows one county in eastern Texas, but that’s disputed here: http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=250094989. It also grows in parts¬†of Oklahoma. (its Arkansas range is pictured here: http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=Arkansas&statefips=05&symbol=STMA2)

Coreopsis flower
Last year, we planted coreopsis and other annual wildflowers. The leaves came up, but no blooms. This year, the plants came back, thriving. Today, the buds burst open.