No not the fireworks kind of Rockets but the one called Hesperis matronalis..a non-native wildflower.
We found a patch growing near an old farmstead. Old farmsteads in Minnesota usually have some Lilacs and sometimes Dameâ€™s Rockets. This was a good year for Dameâ€™s Rockets..cool and rainy.
We planted some rockets at our place..they lasted a couple of years..then they died out. Perhaps a bird ate our seed and pooped (ahem.. deposited) them at this nearby farmstead.
The evening light really lit up the flowers. They almost seem to be glowing. The Lilacs are still there, they were done blooming. The Lilacs give way to the Dameâ€™s Rockets..both with spectacular flowers.
I wonder about the women or the man who brought this seed to America..it is native to Europe. Someone brought the seed over with themâ€¦was it wrapped in a handkerchief or a scrap of fabric or was it in an envelope tucked deep inside a steamer trunk? It must have been a very important plant to someone:)