IronweedMagnificent colonies of beautiful goldenrod and sprinklings of purple ironweed are blooming all along America's highways and byways at this time of year. I was delighted when ironweed/Veronia gigantea volunteered in the garden in contrast to the goldenrod. Thank you birdies, my most probable benefactors.
Swamp SunflowerYou may also notice stands of Helianthus augustifolius, yellow daisy-like flowers, commonly called swamp sunflowers.
There is some in my garden around the pool.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy'Although it is not a wildflower but just as carefree, Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is making a show.
HibiscusI moved the tender hibiscus and lantana to the sunniest, warmest location to encourage continued bloom.
Cypress Vine/Ipomea quamoclit
Hummingbirds passing through can continue to feed on the abundant cypress vine, a wild morning glory.
Perched on the pink turtlehead/Chelone lyonii is a praying mantis ready to snap up a meal.
We seldom see or hear the barred owl, but about 4:30 this morning I heard him just outside my bedroom window in the dogwood tree. Once you watch the video and hear his call, he is easily recognized by call alone. I'm glad to know he is still out there somewhere.
May all your weeds be wildflowers.