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Blooming about

By SANDY LONG
Posted 6/24/20

As we bid farewell to spring’s abundant charms, a fresh wave of flowering plants drenches our senses with the arrival of summer. Take every opportunity to explore what is happening in nature …

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As we bid farewell to spring’s abundant charms, a fresh wave of flowering plants drenches our senses with the arrival of summer. Take every opportunity to explore what is happening in nature now throughout the Upper Delaware River region.

On the heels of the late June blooms of bluets, several members of the Sunflower family are showing off their dainty but vibrant blooms in our yards, forests and along roadways. Rattlesnake weed and the delightful daisy fleabane can be spotted dotting the landscape with dabs of yellow and pink flowers.

For a poetic exploration of the color blue, check out “Bluets” by Maggie Nelson, a collection of prose poetry published in 2009.

Meanwhile, mountain laurel shrubs are brightening forests with showy displays. Pennsylvania adopted this stunning plant with its deep evergreen foliage and star-shaped blossoms as its state flower in 1933. Also referred to as ivybush, sheep laurel, lambkill and spoonwood, the plant is native to the eastern United States and a welcome marker of the transition from spring to summer.

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