Monday, April 30, 2012
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Daffodil (Genus Narcissus in the Amaryllis Family) I missed the main bloom of thedaffodils this year as I was out of town and spring was way early. I did have a few late bloomers.
Sometimes as we blankly observe the flowers they do not impact us and only
later, remembering them in solitude, does their full beauty impact us.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills
When all at once i saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake; beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle in the Milky Way,
They stretched in never ending line
along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
tossing their heads in spritely dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
in such a jocund company:
I gaze - and gazed but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought.
For oft, as on my couch I lie,
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
William Wordsworth, 1807
Monday, April 16, 2012
The bluebells keep coming up.
Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica). These bluebells are pale lavender withflowers (inflourescences) on all sides of the straight stalk (raceme) and do not have a strong odor compared to the English Bluebell which is a deeper blue lavender and whose flowers come off one side of the stalk only which causes the stalk to gracefully bend over and has a strong pleasing odor.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
While exploring Warren County last weekend we wandered around this one room schoolhouse near the west gate of Innsbrook, Missouri. It is the Upper Charrette School which was established in 1881 and rebuilt on the same location in 1909. It was officially closed in 1941 and restored in 2000. It is nicely boarded up because of vandals. There is a picnic table nearby.
I would love to hear this bell ring and talk to former students. I would have beenin first grade when it closed.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
May Apple Also Mandrake. (Podophyllum peltatum) Each spring this stand of May
apples shows up in the shady woods around Innsbrook. The striking umbrella like leaves
spread like a skirt.
If you look under the skirt you will find a delicate single white flower.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) is the most widely distributed of Missouri's early spring flowers. The flowers have five petals which are white but seem pink
because of the dark pink veins in the petals. Indians ate the rootstock, a thick rounded corm which apparently tastes likechestnuts when boiled in salt water. These are so small it must have taken a long time to create a meal.
These delicate little miniature flowers ring our chalet in Innsbrook.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Greetings: My niece has corrected me.This is indeed a bluebell but instead of the Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica) which has flat ends on the tepals,it is the English Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) of ancient folkloric fame
which has strongly re-curved tips at the tepals.
The bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air;
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirits care.