Pretty Blue Chicory Wildflower On Cape Cod

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The vibrant blue Chicory wildflowers can be seen everywhere all over Cape Cod fields and roadsides. Chicory grows on a stiff stalk with stemless flower heads whose petals are fringed at the ends. Each flower lasts only about a day and close at midday.

Chicory wildflowers are about 1 to 1/1/2″ and the plants grow to 2-4 feet from June through October. Love their pistil and stamens… they look like little bright blue rods.

Very abundant on Cape Cod and very pretty.

Beautiful Three Masted Ship From Fort Hill In Eastham On Cape Cod

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You could see this gorgeous 3 masted ship from Fort Hill in Eastham on Cape Cod. It was just spectacular as it sailed across the ocean in front of Nauset Break and Nauset Beach in the late afternoon.

I could only see it in one little overlook at Fort Hill, so I clicked away.

Beautiful, don’t you think? Reminded me of the olden sailing days and the tall ships…

 

Native Bristly Sarsaparilla Wildflower In Provincetown On Cape Cod

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I saw this wonderful native Bristly Sarsaparilla wildflower when we were up in Provincetown last week. It was so pretty and unusual. It has flower clusters at the top of erect, bristly stems and grows 1-3 feet with blooms June and July. The flowers turn into dark blue berries. Pretty cool, huh?

Have you ever seen a Bristly Sarsaparilla wildflower?

Black And White Hairy Woodpecker At Our Suet Feeder Here On Cape Cod

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This Hairy Woodpecker just loves the suet feeder in our yard, once he figured it out. We had so many Starlings that would come and eat all of the suet, Phil came up with this brilliant idea!

You know how suet comes in a plastic container where you pull the paper cover off and insert it in the suet feeder? Well, he kept the plastic container with the suet still inside it, peeled off the paper cover and put it upside down in the suet feeder.  The woodpeckers are used to eating upside down, so they mastered the technique of finding the suet on the bottom of the feeder in no time. The Starlings…have had a much more difficult time trying to figure out how to get the suet through the plastic on the top and sides.

Pretty ingenious, don’t you think?

 

Purple Climbing Nightshade Wildflower At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

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I was taking a hike at Fort Hill the other evening when I saw this little bit of purple out of the corner of my eye. It was on the side of the trail at Fort Hill and pretty hidden in the climbing vines.

But, I was able to take a photograph of it and then look it up in my wildflower book when I got home. It is a Climbing Nightshade wildflower and very delicate and pretty. Its flowers almost look like the Shooting Star wildflowers that I used to see out in Colorado.

The Climbing Nightshade is a climbing vine with purple shooting star shaped flowers with 5 petals which grow in clusters at the end of long stems. The flowers are just 1/2″ to 1″ and bloom from June to August.

This is my first Climbing Nightshade. Have you ever seen one?




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