Monday, August 17, 2009

Wisdom from Wildflowers

I am back from my little vacation from posting. One of my mini projects this summer has been learning about the wildflowers I see. This has given me a new love and appreciation for them.

I think that knowing the name of something - or someone - is important. I don't feel that I can really begin to know someone until I can call them by name. It's difficult to speak affectionately of a particular place without knowing its name. (On a side note, that is why I wish more people in this country named their houses, as is traditional in the UK.) Speaking God's name is powerful. Naming is vital to knowing and loving.

I'm going to let you experience the delight of being able to name flowers by sharing with you the names of some of the common flower names. The photos were all taken within a few minutes walking distance of my house.

Lady's Thumb
Polygonum persicaria

Bird's-foot Trefoil
Lotus corniculatus

Crown Vetch
coronilla varia

Daisy Fleabane
Erigeron annuus

Spotted Touch-me-not
Impatiens capensis

Chicorium intybus

Red Clover
Trifolium pratense

Wild Carrot
Daucus carota
known in Canada, at least, as Queen Ann's Lace

Carolina Larkspur

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