And did I mention the roadside wildflowers?
[image credit Gary]
This is chicory, a lovely blue flower that seems quite content to grow well in crappy roadside areas. It'll reach near waist high, and bears numerous 2" wide flowers close to the stalks, all summer long.
The pretty blue flowers do not seem to like being used for cut flowers, as they quickly wilt, despite being placed in water. So the place to enjoy chicory is out along the roads, where it often is in association with Queen Anne's Lace, creating a lovely blue and white pageant.