Wild flowers in the city.
In the city there are empty lots where people have scattered wildflower seeds and they erupt from the earth like this. Most of the empty lots eventually get built on. Sometimes the city takes them over for unpaid taxes, and they end up being set aside for flowers that are bees and butterfly attractants.
But for the most part, in terms of urban wildflowers, the question is: wild flower or weed?
It’s not a weed when it explodes in shades of green, yellow and purple like this…
One of my favourite wildflowers, the Skunk Cabbage, appears around March in boggy untended land and ditches. Look at the amazing curved lines of this yellow flower, and the texture of the spathe.
Pen and watercolour sketch of Skunk Cabbage done while sitting at the edge of a boggy bit. Fortunately for me March is too early for mosquitos!Open gate with creeping buttercups (definitely a weed if you have it in your garden; almost impossible to get rid of) and yellow poppies in profusion. The yellow or orange California poppies show up everywhere in May.
This shows a small section of this strip of orange poppies and brambles up against an uninspiring back lane which I have cropped out.I am especially fascinated by scruff by the side of the road like these weeds with yellow flowers growing up against a green chainlink fence.A finished weed painting of scruff by the side of the road. The yellow blobs are yarrow or something like that.Weed with tiny yellow flowers growing up against a corrugated metal wall. These weeds applied to an acrylic painting along with transferred photocopies of the same plant. Some more scruff, not yet painted, but I have gathered and pressed the seedy branches in preparation.
A macro of the pink clover amongst the scruff – what a beauty!More of the Friendly Friday Challenge: Wildflowers.