This is a good time of the year for spotting flowers along the highways in my state of North Carolina.
Most of the time I'm driving and, therefore, I can't photograph them so it's fun whenever I'm a passenger to take shots along the road.
The rainy weather has helped keep the flowers looking fresh.
I particularly like the NC highway wildflower program but haven't spotted very many of them yet this summer.
Most of the flowers I've seen so far along the highways have been cultivated beds of bulbs and flowering trees and bushes but I have seen a few wildflowers growing.
Hopefully I'll be a passenger on the highway once more of the wildflowers are blooming.
At home my rudbeckia (black-eyed-susan) are doing well.
I think my favorite rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is the one with white petals and a red center.
They are beginning to bloom in my back yard.
The lavender variety was all closed up in the rain.
The pink one was wide open.
I think black-eyed-susan is such a cheerful looking flower.
Last but not least a purple coneflower (echinacea) blooming in my back yard.