“STOP! STOP!” I yelled. Newt grudgingly pulled the Mule over. He was even less thrilled when I ran to the hot pink spots in the grass. “Really, we are stopping for a weed?”
Not a weed, but my most favoritest flower in the world- the rose. Its beauty is overwhelmed by the soft, fragrance that makes you forget all your worries.
Some call it “Prairie Rose” or “Wild Rose”. But seriously folks, we are on the prairie out in the wild range, so plain old boring “Rose” will do.
But how can this be boring? Drink it in.
I hope you find a wild rose and can enjoy the sight and perfume as much as I do!
The penstemon makes a blasting blue contrast to the yellow gromwell. The penstemon and gromwell are one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Sandhills.
The penstemons vary in size and color. Some are short and blue-blue, some are tall and light purple. They make a vivid contrast to the deep yellow gromwells.
You may even find cousins of wild penstemons in your seed/flower catalogs. Our wild penstemons range from a bright, brilliant blue to variety of purple shades. The colors remind me of storm clouds at night- a mixture of dark and moody and bright highlights.
Unfortunately, penstemons wilt instantly, so by the time we get back to the house, all we have is a limp mess.
But that doesn’t stop the flower pickers…
After a nice couple inches of rain (THANK the heavens!!), the wildflowers are starting to bloom and the grass is beginning to grow.
For all the plant geeks out there, here is the first plant of the week for 2013.
One of the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. Gromwells or Hoary Puccoons have rich yellow flowers. In the fall, the gromwells get white seeds where the leaf attaches to the stem of the plant.
The gromwell is one of the first blossoms in the spring. There are a variety of gromwells, but this one has a deep, rich yellow color. There is another kind that has a lighter saturation and smaller flower.
By fall, the flowers have dropped off and the gromwell turns into an ugly duckling. Its leaves turn rough like a cat’s tough. One small white seed will grow at each leaf collar, where the leaf meets the stem.
But for now, the gromwell is a beauty!