We should all be so open!

flower buttercups

The world would be an even more wonderful place if we were all so open…

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Future wild cherries

tree wild cherry

Depending on the interest of our local bird population I hope to be able to follow the development of these tiny wild cherries and show you how they grow. They are very edible. Once upon a time I was famous for my wild cherry jelly.

When is a violet not violet?

flower violet white2

When I was a kid I thought white violets were the most beautiful flowers in the world. One day as I was cutting through my neighbor’s yard to get to my piano lesson at Mrs. Howl’s (okay-Howell’s), I took a kitchen knife and a paper cup with me so I could dig one up from their yard to plant in my own yard. I was never been able to forget that indiscretion because that one plant spread and turned into hundreds of white violets all over my parents’ backyard. Fortunately they are great sprinkled over salads or sugared and used to decorate cakes. Or just eat them right when you pick them so you can say you did.

 

Beyond cherry blossoms!

Flower Veronica Speedwell2

There is more to admire than cherry blossoms this time of year! Check out the flowering weeds! At the edge of a tiny park in Leonardtown, MD I was startled to discover Veronica (Speedwell) in full bloom, carpeting a large area with the most darling tiny flowers in endless shades of sky blue. A perfect bouquet for a fairy.

Veronica is the largest genus in the flowering plant family Plantaginaceae, with about 500 species; it was formerly classified in the family Scrophulariaceae. Common names include speedwell, bird’s eye, and gypsyweed. Wikipedia
Scientific nameVeronica
RankGenus
Flower Veronica Speedwell
I just can’t get over the blue veins!

Flower making a face in the rain!

Flower Violet 3-30-18

First violet of my spring takes a bow, making a face in the rain. Does it look like an alien to you? Violets are  hosts for local butterflies! They make fun people food too! But instead of eating them, I am watching all my violets for the first butterfly!