Up above are Batchelor Buttons, also called Cornflowers. Shortcake has declared them her new favorites! While "cornflower" is one of my favorite shades of blue, these have a lot of purple in them! More periwinkle than cornflower, you think?
I believe this is a Red Gaillardia, but I am not sure. The photo in our field guide is not a great one and when I search to find more information, I get images of the Indian Blanket (or Firewheel) which is in the same family but a totally different flower. The overall shape of the flower and the leaves are very similar which is why I am pretty sure this is a Red Gaillardia. I just wish I could find a secondary source to confirm it.
And lastly, this pretty Coreopsis showed up bright and early when the kids went outside to check out the others I photographed yesterday.
Since our pressed flowers from earlier in this unit study have finished drying out, we are going to start work on our wildflower notebook. I might have