Written By:  Rachel Gnagy @ Inscribed Design & Photography

A few days ago while driving out to my family’s farm near Bladen, I was struck by the many different kinds of wildflowers in the ditches on the gravel roads. It’s been a couple of years since I lived in the country and I think I’ve forgotten how beauty springs up naturally in the country.


Sunflowers are pretty common, but they are one of my favorite wildflowers because they are so cheerful. I love their bright yellow color and their smooth petals. I’m sure many farmers consider sunflowers a weed, but I think they add a lot of beauty to our prairies.

This wildflower is called smartweed – I’d love to know how it came by its name, wouldn’t you? =)

The blooms are so delicate and pretty. When I lived at the farm, I would pick bouquets of wildflowers and this was one of my favorites to use.

Smartweed grows all over the place in the country – yet another dash of grace to our Nebraska countryside!

Goldenrod was named the state flower of Nebraska back in 1895. I found a neat quote while looking up some facts about wildflowers:

“[Goldenrod]… has a long season, and nothing could better represent the hardy endurance of Nebraska’s pioneers.” (quote from here)

I love that! We have such a rich history of perseverance and hard work. Even simple things like goldenrod can represent the history of our great state.

I found a handy online guide for identifying our native wildflowers and other plants. If you’re interested, check it out here.

What’s your favorite wildflower?

Rachel Gnagy

Rachel Gnagy is a wife, mother, photographer, and coffee lover. She began Inscribed Design & Photography with the goal of inspiring others to experience God’s character and glory through her work. Rachel specializes in senior portraits, engagements and weddings, and fine art photography. She and her husband, Samuel, have three precious children, two boys and a girl. Rachel began writing with Her View From Home in 2012 and loves the opportunity to communicate with other women. She shares her own images, photography tips, and favorite recipes. http://www.inscribedphotography.com/ https://www.facebook.com/InscribedPhotography