Driveway-Crack Flowers: Venus’s Looking Glass

Before it’s gone, here’s another volunteer in the cracks of our driveway: Venus’s looking glass, Triodanis perfoliata. It’s in the bellflower family, and if it were a bell, it would tinkle rather than peal because the flowers are about the size of a fingernail (a fingernail that gardens and plays with Lego). And, it’s native. Continue reading “Driveway-Crack Flowers: Venus’s Looking Glass”

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Couchville Cedar Glade 5/24/16

Tuesday morning was so beautiful I kept driving after I dropped the kid at school. Ended up at my favorite magnet: Couchville Cedar Glade. Continue reading “Couchville Cedar Glade 5/24/16”

Driveway-Crack Flowers: White Clover

clover closeup

White clover seeded itself into our driveway cracks, so I took photos yesterday, the better to learn it.

Each flower is flowers: a globe of up to 50 tiny flowers, each with “a small standard and two side petals that enclose the keel.” So says Illinioswildflowers.info.

Standard? Like the synonym for flag?  Continue reading “Driveway-Crack Flowers: White Clover”

Bloodroots (are doin’ it for themselves)

bloodroot
anthers away

My Facebook feed is full of bloodroot right now. Sanguinaria canadensis. Bloodroot is the first big, splashy native ephemeral, and thus popular among macro-lensed flower nerds compelled to document signs of spring.
Ephemeral means it isn’t splashy for long, so I dashed to Warner Park Nature Center today to get my bloodroot fix. Continue reading “Bloodroots (are doin’ it for themselves)”

Passionvine Family Planning

Passiflora incarnata
Passiflora incarnata

I post pics of my volunteer Passionvine every year. (Passiflora incarnata.) I’ve talked about the extravagant exoticism of this native flower, the Christian symbolism devised by early missionaries, the fact that it is Tennessee’s official state wildflower, that it is the host plant for Gulf Fritillary butterflies, and that the wrinkly yellow fruit is delish. But I’ve just learned something new: the flowers are smart. Continue reading “Passionvine Family Planning”