Saturday, April 22, 2006

native's plant safari

the trees filled with perfect new leaves, free of the later summer scars inflicted by sun and insects. the tree flowering blocked the satellite again. tv is a winter comfort only, and as it turns out, its a good thing. because i dont have any business wasting precious outdoor time or evenings that could be filled with good meals, friends, books, and art........watching tv. but enough broke through to allow me the heads up on the tornado watch. V called to say be sure and go into the crawlspace under the cabin should i hear the freightrain of wind. but it was only a storm, remarkable in that there was so much lightning -one after another flickering the sky like an old 8mm movie. the next day was perfect and fresh, sparkling with raindrops balanced on the tips of slim branches.

on my walk i spotted ladyslippers pink and tender like a human heart. carpets of creeping phlox. tiny bird's foot yellow violets. sweet shrub. bloodroot. chickweed. solomon's seal. wild ginger. tiny native southern blue flag iris. lily of the valley. and great stands of trillium. Here are some of the beauties i encountered on my own little patch of paradise:

white trillium. a frequently poached plant, only to die at the new location. it takes 7 years for a trillium to mature to the blooming stage you see above

the southern blue flag. a tiny native iris with spearlike leaves

lady slipper. you find it where dead trees have decayed to a soft loam on the forest floor

little white stars. dont know what these are

the one red trillium on the entire place

lily of the valley

a fiddle head fern

dovey in the creeping phlox

the new puppy. "Trout". a little brown hound of the mountains


At 1:02 PM, Blogger infinitesimal said...

I think that trout looks real smart.
Thanks for taking the trouble to post all the nice wildflowers.
It made me feel good.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger infinitesimal said...


Did I tell you already that I have a cat named Mouse?

At 3:26 AM, Blogger Aunty Belle said...

CHile!! What's the road to yer place??? I'ma a comin' theah ter see those purty thangs!! Oh Lawdy, I never did see the blue flats s...and pink like a human heart? I'ma comn' fer shur!
Thanky fer this fine essay.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Bird said...

the lady slipper captivates me. she looks like a lady ready for the ball or a ballerina.

At 11:02 AM, Blogger HanktheDog said...

Trout must enjoy the fine walks you take. The pics are beautiful. I,too, stop and admire the occasional wildflower, and they're not as hard to come by for an urban dog as you might think.

At 2:11 AM, Blogger disguised said...

Wow, that's absolutely beautiful!!

We have some similar flowers 'round here in the coastal california mountains, except for that rare, endangered breed, the lady slipper. No ladies in california. But we do have the giant long as the hills remain protected. YOU have an absolutely incredible piece of land there. Pardon the "should," but it "should" be placed into a preserve.

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Bird said...

came by to check up on you. you must be busy with walking, and reading, and enjoying the outdoor life. but i so enjoyed viewing these pictures again. what a blessing!

At 12:26 AM, Blogger Ben said...


Just felt like saying hello. Have a great week!

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Mercy, Native Beauty, SOMEthang musta happened round yore place in six weeks???

Missin' ya!

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Yoo hoo! We'uns is a-waitin' fer some new pictures or word pictures.....
is is jes' ssoooo purty ya ain;t got time fer us?

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Hi Gone Native. I'll be away for a while but before that: Thank you for saying hello the other day. That was a pleasant thing to have you visit my studio. Cool idea about the "Artist at work"-collection, too.

Happy creating, out there in the wild!

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Mr Q said...

Should we take the Native out of here? As of 06/28/06 It would make sense. Ha, ha. Hope you allright.


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