When they start sprouting, there are no flowers and few leaves and look like a bunch of dead twigs sticking up. Then, little by little, they start getting their foliage. Then the flowers start coming out and before long you start seeing little spots of blue as you drive down the road.
The best time of day to do most flower photography is first thing in the morning before there is any wind to shake your subject. The problem with chicory is that the flowers close up at night and don't open until about noon. They're night-owls! If not for that, you'd probably see more pictures of chicory.
|Morning flowers not quite open|
|Early summer plant looks like a twig sticking out of the ground|
|A bunch of twigs growing along the roadside|
|Typical leaf clasping the stem|