Wild Surprises!

Something that never ceases to amaze and reassure me about the environment is how very rapidly nature acts to reclaim what is hers. When we cleared part of the field for the vineyard, it was an ugly scar. Now, despite drout and some weed whacking, the ground between the rows of grapes has been claimed by a variety of tenacious little plants and flowers that seem to be thriving in the altered ecosystem. We were out this week and I suddenly was on a 300 Things walk again discovering all manner of wildflowers making their homes amidst the grapevines. Of course, some of them are not desirable additions, but they all hold their own beauty just the same.

I think this is vetch making kind of a nifty ground cover with pretty purple flowers:

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Love these sweet, delicate wild petunias!
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And, a touch of yellow:
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Horse nettles may be sharp and potentially fatally poisonous, but check out their pretty flowers!
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Something else yellow I can’t ID is preparing for its turn to bloom:
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The most pretty and most unfortunately named of my discoveries this gorgeous strand of…
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Yep…Beggar’s Lice. Bummer! It is SO pretty! And yet, so annoying when it turns to burrs. Such an ugly, ugly common name too.

More popped up in the greenhouse too. So sweet and delicate looking!

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We have a helpful watering assistant:
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The boys were excited to show me this row of tiny mushrooms that sprang up after it finally rained this week.

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And, even better was this huge parasol mushroom in the front yard. I think the spirits of lactation are trying to tell me something…

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2 Comments

September 8, 2012 · 1:20 am

2 responses to “Wild Surprises!

  1. Oh my Goddess! that is lovely…..lactation spirits indeed. Love that

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