Monthly Archives: May 2010

double columbine

double columbine

Growing up against my barn I found this sweet thing… symbolizing foolishness in some texts, does this one mean a double folly?

 

viburnum… of some sort

viburnum… of some sort

tidy habit, pretty flower, fruit attracts the birds… this one is a volunteer in a naturalized section of the property (a nice way of saying …

 

chives

chives

The smallest of the alliums, chives are one of the favorites in my garden. It’s culinary uses are many (even the flowers are edible), both …

 

lupine

lupine

Thanks to Miss Rumphius and her quest to make the world a more beautiful place, we have the magic of lupines here in Maine. It’s …

 

bridal wreath spirea

bridal wreath spirea

The flowers grow in tiny bouquets on this popular old-fashioned shrub. The branches were commonly twisted together to form a wreath for a bride’s head. …

 

Camassia

Camassia

Native to the prairies and western North America, it could turn a whole meadow blue-violet. The bulb of one species (Cammassia quamash) was a food …

 

young allium

young allium

 

hawthorn… a double life

hawthorn… a double life

As an old rhyme goes, young girls rose at dawn to bathe in dew gathered from hawthorn flowers to ensure their beauty in the coming …

 

buttercup

buttercup

remember this game from childhood ?… hold a buttercup under someone’s chin and if it reflects back yellow then that person loves butter. There is …

 

bachelor’s button

bachelor’s button

its name comes from its use as a boutonniere flower