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My favorite wildflower, the purple coneflower or echinacea, is a medicinal plant whose flowers can be used to make immune-system-boosting tea.  The genus name of the flower comes from the Greek word echino which means hedgehog and refers to its spiny cone.   As we approach our first freeze of the season and the cone flowers […]

Roughly nine months out of the year, there are beautiful wildflowers in bloom here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA.  The purple coneflower may be my favorite of them all.  Here is a shot of one in bloom in my backyard garden. You Might Also Enjoy: Butterfly on a Coneflower Purple Coneflower Wordless Wednesday:  How Shutterbug Sage Works in the […]

Between triple digit temperatures and no rain, this summer has been a hot, crispy one here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA.  I love taking photos outside and found it difficult to get out as often in the extreme heat this month.  Fortunately I got to spend a few days in both Toronto and Dallas (where it was surprisingly cooler than […]

Despite a substantial drought here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA, I was still able to capture many flowers throughout the month of July.  Here are some of my favorites… What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below?  Am I getting any of the names right?!?! July Flower Photo #1.  Close-up of a coneflower.  I love coneflowers! July […]

My youngest daughter would have loved Franklin Children’s Garden on Toronto Island.  A fan of the children’s cartoon, she would have loved the flower and vegetable gardens, Turtle Pond, and more.  Me, I loved seeing all of the butterflies on the coneflowers.  It took a few attempts, but thankfully I managed to capture this one. You […]