I don’t remember when I first started noticing them in the fields and along the roads, whether here in West Virginia or perhaps elsewhere some time in the past, but I have been attracted to their charming yellow flowers and soft green foliage. From time to time I have thought, I should just dig one of those up for our yard. But there was never an opportunity — no place to park the car, or the flowers were too far out in a field.
While weeding this spring I noticed an interesting plant in the fence row along Hartland. It seemed vaguely familiar, so I decided that even though I didn’t know what it was I should let it grow. Maybe it would be something pretty. Or maybe not. And if not, I could just pull it up later.
And then it bloomed.
I’m glad I let it grow, and I didn’t even have to steal it from a field!
The flowers may not be spectacular, but they’re pretty, and the plant makes a nice addition in its place in the yard. Maybe next year there will be more of them.
Common Evening-Primrose (Oenothera biennis).