The large flowered white aster with the yellow button
The tiny white Aster lateriflorus or Calico Aster with its horizontal branches and pink buttons changing to yellow.
And the large purple asters. They flower with such abundance and everywhere I look there's another plant. How lucky we are that this lawn turned meadow should be so full of this quietly beautiful flower.
Also flowering in abundance is goldenrod. Last year there was not a single plant in the meadow and I wondered how that could be since the hedgerow is full of goldenrod. Perhaps the plants just needed an extra year to grow as they are showing up in great numbers now.
Another plant I don't recall seeing last year in the field is this funny plant. This year it is turning up everywhere on the property it seems. I suspect it is Hemp Nettle, a weed introduced from Europe.
Although I noticed this next plant last year it seems to have covered more ground this year.
And what would a trip into the meadow be if I didn't show you the progress of my little red oak?
I simply cannot believe how much this tree has grown this year. It is close to the size it was when we first bought it last spring. After being gnawed to bits by voles this past winter all that you see here is brand new growth. That's several feet of new growth in one season. Truly truly astounding.