for no good reason
the flowers i love best when displayed in old bottles:
-silene maritima or vulgaris
-queen anne’s lace
–paeonia brownii (they smell wonderfully of anise and leaf mold and honey.)
–hemizonia congesta ssp. luzulifolia aka hayfield tarweed
-matthiola incana aka hoary stock
–silene nigrescens (which i grew from seed and eventually killed with kindness)
-mignonette (a favorite of empress josephine btw)
–shepherd’s purse (yes, it’s a weed.)
-lilium speciosum album
-lilium speciosum rubrum ‘uchida’
–geum triflorum aka prairie smoke
-lime blossoms (citrus not linden)
i think i am antsy for spring and things growing in my garden. i’m also antsy for travel and time away. these two opposing desires will have to be sorted. i am prone to conflicting desires it would seem.
*one of the most beautiful wildflowers in california but they can only be truly appreciated up close and personal. the flowers are grouped in small inconspicuous umbels. once i picked a few stems and brought them indoors only to find a herd of monarch larvae living in my windowsill. i had to keep gathering milkweed to feed them. eventually they made their gilded chrysalides and turned into butterflies. it was exhausting feeding those buggers. in any case get a load of that inflorescence. starry claws. so pretty!
**these i first encountered in texas many moons ago. i absolutely love them.
EDIT: oh look! this is a wonderful site about milkweed. i love the imbricated surface of the seed pod interior! i think i’d like to make a pair of flats with such a texture.