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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Some Local Wild Flowers

Here are some wild flowers around the place.

These are Prickly Wild Roses which make a lovely show and last quite a while. These are by the road and bridge over the river on my property . I have been tempted to transplant some by the house but something in me resists capturing and taming something wild.

Here are some Canada Anemone. They are delicate and subtle. You may have to part the longer grass to appreciate them. Being one who likes to "stop and smell the roses" I am delighted as the more subtle wild flowers.

This is Birds' Foot Trefoil by the edge of the road. It is an escaped domestic legume planted in pastures or hayfields. Years of hauling bales of hay home along the road spread it into the ditches. (For any non-farmer. . . a legume is a plant which takes nitrogen from the air and fixes in in the soil through nodes which grow on the roots. BFT is hardier that red or white clover or alfafa so it is used in pastures.)

This is just one of many Wild Iris ( Blue Flag) down by the river. This year with the water so high many of them are under water along with the mint I like to pick and use. Later in the summer, they will reappear. The blue flag has a good root system that helps stabilize the bank of the river. Soooo! if you live on a lake or river and the shoreline is washing away, plant blue flag.

My friend, Veronica, when she was here a year ago always used to admire the wild flowers in the fields. The plants she saw in abundance were Daisy's, Black-Eyed Susans, Chickory, Red Clover, Buttercups, etc. Apparently, there is not the abundance of wild flowers on that sand spit they call Florida. All that sand and heat may not be conducive to producing a wide variety of plants. More specialized plants survive in that harsher environment.
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At 4:20 p.m., Blogger judie said...

Your flower pictures are divine, Philip. I love wildflowers more than cultivated flowers. They are so delicate. I don't know where your friend Veronica lives, but we have an abundance of greenery and flowers here on the Gulf Coast, and many, many wildflowers that grow in this rich, dark sandy soil. Now Philip, you know this is not a spit of sand! We really are attached to the rest of the states! For now. :)

At 6:25 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

Thats one of the things I really enjoyed while touring Canada. The wild flowers were everywhere. Course I really loved the snow the best. LOL


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