24 May 2010

Dame's rocket

The wildflowers along my daily ride into work are, once again, outdoing the best gardeners. Here are a couple shots of the sheets of dames rocket (Hesperis matronalis) making parts of the woods lovely (and incredibly fragrant) right now.

Before I gets lots of angry comments: Yes, I know it isn't native. I also can see it is far from forming a monoculture, as there are lots of other plants in these stands that it is getting along with just fine, and I've only seen it in large numbers in disturbed, road-side areas like this. I'm certainly not going to spread it to areas where it isn't already growing, but I don't see any harm in enjoying its beauty.

1 comment:

Cyndy said...

Thanks for this post! I have hesperis happily lighting up a difficult spot in the back woods where nothing else would grow, but I've been nervous to talk about it!