Mid-June, and the canopy of leaves to shade the oak woods has grown dense and the Lower strata has become shade-loving. Nothing which needs full sunshine will last long here, but the plants of the summer shade now come into their best development. Now on the rocky banks, often on the cool north slopes of wooded hills, the thimbleweed, one of the anemones, is in bloom.
Anemone cylindrica Gray.
Its leaves remind one of those of prairie anemone: they are almost alike, but perhaps not so deep a green because of the shade they need. From the top whorl of leaves rise long, slender, fibrous stems, and at the top of each poised in beauty and the perfection of a simple flower, is a single blossom. It has five petals of greenish while arranged around a central cone of pistils and stamens. When the petal- drop away at last, this seed-cone remains and grows larger. Perhaps it might be called thimble-shaped at least this is the thing which gave it it.- name.
Late in the autumn the thimbles of this woodland anemone hurst apart and the cottony seeds and "packing" fly into the air. Next spring the fluff which remains may be picked up by a whirring hummingbird who will fly in a swift upward -weep to a horizontal branch of an oak. Sere a miniature cottony nest is constructed of plant fluff and down upholstered with spider webs and pale green lichens. The hummingbird and the thimbleweed these are part of the summer woods.