Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Things - Wildflower Wednesday and a Founding Father


I haven't had a Wildflower Wednesday in a long time - too long a time. 

I'd like to share some wildflower pictures I took earlier in April during a trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

 In identifying some of these, I'd like to thank my wildflower helper in New York State.  Anything with a Latin name is her ID.

We are finally starting spring here in upstate New York, but I just couldn't wait for our wildflower season. Enjoy!

Charles Pinckney was a founding father of the United States - an author and signer of the U.S. Constitution, a man who literally lost his fortune due to his public service in the founding of our country.  What is left of one of his plantations, Snee Farm in modern day Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, provided these wildflower photo oppotunities.
Oxalis rubra, purple wood sorrel.  Isn't this pretty?

Blue eyed grass, one of my personal favorites.  I knew this from my time in Arkansas, and I've even seen it here and there in upstate New York. It's hard to see, but these actually bloom at the end of blades of the grass.

 I don't know what the tiny yellow flowers are surrounding the grass. I've seen this up here in New York, and I'll kick myself when I find out.

Strawberries were planted in an abandoned bed (the park ranger on duty knew nothing about this bed) and were also blooming on the edge of surrounding woods.
And finally, not a good picture, but if you can make out something purplish, it is blue toadflax, Nuttallanthus canadensis.

So many times, I go somewhere to study history, and end up wandering around the wildflowers.  Maybe one day, I'll even tell you more about Charles Pinckney-he is a man who is now somewhat forgotten, but we have him to thank for a lot of the protections of our Constitution.

Are there wildflowers blooming where you live?

7 comments:

  1. Ah... Wildflowers. Weeds. They both start with w- and often used to describe the same item.

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  2. I think the yellow flowers around the blue-eyed grass are black medic.

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  3. Love the combination of history with the wildflowers. Appreciate you sharing your journey with us! I am stopping by from the UBC. Thinks for the fresh breath of spring.

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  4. Such random beauty certainly speaks of a creator. The only wild flowers found in my yard are some pretty purple ones whose names I don't know and dandelions.

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  5. I love wildflowers, almost best of all. It's funny that most of them are looked at as weeds without any other consideration for their beauty. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos! Happy spring!

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  6. Wildflowers are so delicate, so beautiful. You only need to time to study them to appreciate their full perfection.

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  7. Beautiful post Alana! I love wild flowers- lovely!

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