I can haz flowers too

...so what if two out of the only three flowers are weeds wildflowers. These are the best as they grow of their own accord in my yard their natural habitat.

I saw the Yellow Salsify, Tragopogon dubius, on one of my painful runs the other day. I considered running back to my car to get my camera but whichever way I went, the flower was a half mile from the car, making the round trip a whole mile. Too painful for this lazy flower enthusiast. So imagine my joy when I found this wildflower right outside my doorstep. A few steps to the camera, shoot, back indoors - bliss!


I wish I knew what wildflower this teeny white thing is. Each flower is about 1 cm in size. Heath family? Pea family? Allium? They are not Pearly Everlasting or Lesser Wintergreen based on whatever little I could unearth in my hours of research.

Three summers ago, I bought a teeny plant called Snow in Summer, Cerastium tomentosum, and it never fails to come up year after year. It has only one flower currently but there will be a carpet of white very soon.

No, really! I am not a bunch of sour grapes.

8 comments:

Anita said...

Ah.. a bunch of flowers, albeit some wild! If you can't beat them join them! But, seriously, wildflowers are charming and nothing like having your own 'natural habitat'. Quite the rage infact!
The silver lining to the morning constitution...

Mints! said...

second picture looks like lily of the valley. I love wildflowers. there are various groups that arrange wildflower hikes which I have not managed to go even once.

Preeti said...

heyyy.. nice clicks... keep on rocking...

Rahin said...

nice write up and pics manisha , I am fascinated by wildflowers , esp. when you find them at unexpected places , its a joy

Rahin said...

hey by the way i love the title of ur post

Nirmala said...

Alwasy the wild is wonderful than domestic. I like the last but one pic of upside-down-cup-like white flowers. They have a distinct beauty. And would love to see the white carpet soon :)

Fergie said...

That second one, does it have a lovely scent? It looks (as previously commented) suspiciously like Lily of the Valley, which is also a useful herb in heart treatment (and one I had to keep my son from eating, as it has potent phytochemicals and can be poisonous).

Manisha said...

Anita, I believe in nature and letting things be. Why lug mud in from somewhere else - a very unlocal thing to do besides disturbing the natural environs. So much better to leave things as they are ;-)

Mints, thanks a ton for identifying that wildflower! And scaring me, too! It's poisonous! Go for a wildflower hike - it's a fabulous experience. We like to do Ouzel Falls in RMNP for wildflowers early in the season and before the throngs gets there. We haven't done any guided walks but I carry my camera and my wildflower guide book with me. It's fun and so exhilirating when you identify a strange looking flower!Preeti, hey thanks! Have a great weekend!Rahin, I am still learning LOLCat. And you, too, should go on a wildflower hike!Nirmala, aren't they so cute? But looks can be deceiving as they are poisonous!Fergie, yup! They have a lovely fragrance! I think Mints nailed it when she said Lily of the Valley. Thanks for confirming it! Luckily for me, my daughter doesn't eat flowers! Phew!