I just noticed that my first spider lily has poked up out of the ground. Seems to me they are late this year. Sometimes they are called hurricane lilies because they tend to pop up after the first fall hurricane. But maybe it's not the rains by themselves but the dry spell before, and we really didn't have much of a dry spell until the last couple of weeks before our light, slow showers of the last few days.
The goldenrod of course is blooming everywhere. I love goldenrod and think it has gotten a bum rap from folks who think it causes their allergies to erupt, when that is more likely to be the ragweed that is also out and about at the same time. Goldenrod used to the the Alabama State Flower until some garden club types thought it to be too common and pushed through the japonica instead. Then there was somewhat of a to-do because that name seemed too close to one of the nation's enemies during WW2. The solution: call the new state flower by its other name, camellia. (Frankly, I'd like to start a campaign to reinstate goldenrod as the state flower!) My main patch of goldenrod is down the hill from the office where I am working and I can look over the top of my screen and see it. In the summertime that area is filled with Black-Eyed Susans. Here's a slide show of them taken this past summer. (Not only do I think they are beautiful, but it is nice to have patches of wildflowers in your yard because it cuts down on the area you have to mow!)
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