All across America families and friends are making plans to gather for Thanksgiving dinner. It's our annual celebration of the "First Thanksgiving" when colonists celebrated arriving safely in the New World. In my house, before the feasting begins, we all take turns sharing our feelings of gratitude. This year, I am especially grateful for the health and well being of my family; for loving and supportive friends; for rain that finally fell in Middle Tennessee; and, for wildflowers that bloomed no matter how horrid the weather has been.
Please join me any time this week to share and celebrate the wonderful wildflowers that live and thrive in your gardens. Remember, it doesn't matter if they are in bloom or not. Please leave a comment and add your name to Mr Linky so others can pop over to see your Wildflower Wednesday post.
|stem-hugging clusters of bright yellow flowers, each with four crinkly, ribbon-shaped petals|
Except for a few native ex-aster that might have survived the recent killing frost, witch hazel is probably the last blooming plant found in most woodlands. I treasure it for providing one last stop for nectar gathering pollinators; its colorful fall show; the sweet blooms; its gentle fragrance; clay soil tolerance; and, that it seems deer proof! It's a wonderful specimen plant, but, suckers must be removed or it will form a colony. Because it colonizes, it does make a wonderful screening plant or hedge. Spring ephemerals, native sedges, ferns and shade tolerant perennials are great companions.
|fruit and exploded seed capsule|
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone."