Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: First signs of spring

Crocus, the first flower of spring

Bi-color Daffodils

tiny white lawn flowers, now identified as Star of Bethlehem flowers.
(thank you, readers)
Yellow pansies
With the exception of the tiny white flowers (whose name I do not know), all of these are examples of cultivated flowers.  Each was once a wild species of flower that a long time ago, people decided were pretty enough to plant by their home and in public spaces.  Over time, people select some traits to be exaggerated, such as color, petal size and size of the flower itself.  All of them are perennials, meaning you plant them once and they keep coming back year after year assuming the roots stay healthy and alive.  Perennials are a great part of the 'urban nature lanscape' in that is something directly related to people, we manage and control it, but it's still pretty and wild, but not so wild.


Shelly Cox said...

Hello there, thanks for visiting my blog. I decided to come on over here and have a look at a fellow Missourian's blog. I think your little while lawn flowers are what my grandma always called "Stars of Bethlehem" She always has them in her yard and they look similar to your photograph. You might look it up and see how they compare.

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Star of Bethlehem is one of my favorite wildflowers here in Alaska, and the flowers certainly look like it. Ours are hardly blooming yet, though--we still have well over a foot of snow on the ground even though we've lost 2" in the last two days.

DNLee said...

thank you for visiting...and naming the flowers! I appreciate it.

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