Looking again

A month ago on a morning walk to the nearby supermarket I noticed that the wild hill next to the highway -- where I've released many a captured mouse and mole -- looked quite beautiful. Great texture and color as there were large swathes of blooms. So nice!

I only had my phone with me but snapped some photos anyway. Needless to say that the images captured did not impress me, and I left them to be forgotten. Today though I took another look, processed the heck out of them to try and restore some of the "magic" that I saw that morning, and am now sharing with you.


I'd have to go back over very old photos to verify, but if I remember correctly this hill is purely a remnant of the highway construction, the soil a very gravelly mix (I've tried digging holes in it before).

Everything growing here is a volunteer. (The things I've planted don't seem to have survived.)

It can be quite pretty at times.

Are any of these plants natives, or even desirable?

I should probably get out there and remove some thistles before they all go to seed, as a few thistles are nice but we don't want them taking over.

Why don't I plant some Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) out there where it has room to spread and is easily seen by any migrating monarchs?

I'm glad I gave these photos a second chance!


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Kathy G  – (July 9, 2015 at 7:45 AM)  

Milkweed plants would be a GREAT idea here!

Mark and Gaz  – (July 9, 2015 at 8:05 AM)  

Looks good that it almost looks like it's been deliberately planted that way!

Jennifer –   – (July 9, 2015 at 9:14 AM)  

I like it when nature seems to take back developed areas! In the city, the street department works with Operation Brightside to plant wildflowers along the highway. They plant a lot of red clover and bachelor buttons and then let them go to seed before mowing. Have you ever seen the daffodils they plant in big patterns? It's a welcome sign of spring!

Alan  – (July 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM)  

I think I've identified the yellow flowered plant: bird's foot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus. Can anybody verify?

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