Wildflower Weekend

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A busy time here at the farm for Easter weekend. While all the family didn’t get to come, some of them did. My daughter and her husband and their German shepherd went wildflower hunting with me on Saturday morning. Actually my son-in-law was more into searching for fossils. So we found flowers blooming now and looked for evidence of long ago plants and animals too. He carried some rocks home, but we have plenty down at the creek. I only carried pictures of the flowers home. Hope you enjoy looking at them with me.

The red one here is Fire Pink. The purple and white ones around it are larkspur. I liked the yellow violet in the middle of more white larkspur.

One of my favorites is always the bent head trillium. They are such showy plants with their big leaves and then you have to peek under them to find the lovely flowers.The ginger root are that way too. You have to look under the heart shaped leaves to find the brown flowers down at the base of the plant.

 

 

 

Another favorite to see each year is the jack-in-the-pulpit. I’ve learned to spot the leaves of that plant because often the flowers blend right in with their green surrounding and it takes a sharp eye to see it. But then that’s the way many of the wildflowers and other blessings of nature can be. You have to take time to look and enjoy.

Thanks for going wildflower hunting with me. Wednesday I’ll be answering more of your questions. If you have a question, let me know. Until then, thanks for reading.

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  1. Tish

    I love flowers and have a large garden full of them. Wildflowers are so pretty. It is amazing how they grow with no human care only the God above.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      You’re right, Tish. The Lord made flowers of every type for every bit of ground. Then he made bees and butterflies to fly among them and people like you and me to enjoy them. I enjoy wildflower hunting and planting flowers too here at the house. A bit of beauty in the day is always good.

  2. Lou Anne Panning

    It is interesting to see blooms in different zones. Here in my garden:Trillium still have not leafed out, columbine just starting to form flower, blood root peaking. I, too love, absolutely love, to peruse up close all that the warmer weather and spring rain have conjured up. Disappointingly lost some must have reliable perennials–Shasta Daisy and foxglove. Have you noticed foxglove is often used in murder mysteries? Have you heard of datura, also used in British mysteries. Enjoyed walking with you through your snapshots.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      My daughter lives in SC and she usually has flowers blooming earlier than I do, so it is fun to think about the flower carpet spreading from south to north.

      I had never heard of datura, but I looked it up and wow. No wonder you see it used in murder mysteries. That sounds like toxic stuff. “Datura belongs to the classic “witches’ weeds”, along with deadly nightshade, henbane, and mandrake. Most parts of the plants are toxic, and datura has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death. It was well known as an essential ingredient of potions and witches’ brews.” It said it was also known as the devil’s trumpet. I have a flower that’s called the angel’s trumpet. I think I’ll stick with that one. I have heard of foxglove, but I may have to look that one up too.

      Interesting. Thanks for helping me learn something new today.

  3. Paula

    I love wildflowers. I remember the trilliums from up in Wisconsin. And the Jack- in – the Pulpit, and little purple violets in the yard. Also purple Vetch and Indian paint brushes! We don’t have many close to home now but just planted a box of snap dragons and petunias, and three pots of begonias, along with the tomatoes and green peppers in their own pots. Back porch stuff.
    Our lad that is 45 min. From us has lots of wildflowers but I’m not familiar with them as yet. Happy flower hunting!

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Thanks, Paula, for sharing about your flowers. I love snapdragons but for some reason I rarely plant them. Maybe I will this year. Begonias are wonderful because of the way they just bloom and bloom. Petunias too. Hope you’ll find some new flowers when you go flower hunting.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Well, at least you can enjoy the pictures without sneezing, Melissa. I’m really glad I’m not allergic to the blooms.

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