6.17.2005

But Nothing Rhymes With Orange

Orange and oranger -- it almost hurts my eyes. But the hummingbirds, ants, and butterflies seem to like it.

Here are some of the very orange flowers that are in bloom right now.


Butterfly milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, a pretty flower that almost seems to glow with its orange-ness.



Candyweed or Yellow Milkwort, Polygala lutea. The brown "bug" hanging on the side of the flower is actually the shed nymphal skin of a dragonfly called a great blue skimmer.



Trumpet-creeper, Campsis radicans, a favorite of ruby-throated hummingbirds. I can always tell when this flower begins to bloom -- all the hummers coming to the feeders have little caps of pollen on the tops of their heads.



Orange Daylily, Hemerocallis fulva, an escape that has become naturalized. It is very common along our roadsides.

11 comments:

Jenn said...

After the days and days of rain here, a little sun and some bright orange flowers are a welcome sight.

Anvilcloud said...

I have a milkweed (not this kind) growing in my suburb garden at home. I don't know how it got there, and I am just letting it be for now. Butterfly has a hummingbird coming around lately, mostly drinking sugar water but also into the Fuchias.

Mia, the Nature Nut said...

Beautiful pics - I love orange.

My resident hummingbirds are feeding on Heuchera 'Magic Wand' right now, with bleeding heart for dessert.

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Wow, those are great! I did snicker at the name of one of them, but I am holding my tongue because you might think me rude, or strange, about the orange.

Jenn said...

Oo. Mr Bloggerific...

Now you have my poor mind all twisted.

And if you laughed where I think you laughed? Aiee! Silly man. That's a different word entirely.

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Sorry Jenn, I ain't tellin' :)

lené said...

Does your milkweed have a strong fragrance like common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). I haven't seen the one you posted before. It's beautiful.

I love the smell of late summer walks through meadows of milkweed, and in the winter, the way their pods break open and reflect the pale pink skies.

swamp4me said...

Jenn, I feel I must warn you about Mr. B :) He is tons of fun and has a different way of looking at the world!

lene, we do have the common milkweed as well. I walked through a large stand of it one day last week and enjoyed being surrounded by its fragrance. The orange one doesn't seem to have as strong a fragrance -- maybe it doesn't need it with that blazing color ;)
Out in the fields in the winter I sometimes find little round mouse nests made from the fluff of the milkweed seeds. I imagine they are quite cozy little structures.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna guess, and say Bloggy liked Asclepias tuberosa. Tell me baby cuz, am I right?

Anonymous said...

Hehe, knowing Bloggy, it was either Asclepias or H. fulva that had his mind in a whirl. ;)
--swamp4me

Hannah Wright said...

Hi swamp4me,

My name is Hannah Wright, art coordinator for Our State magazine here in North Carolina. We're interested in your photo of the trumpet vine...

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