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Apr 21 2009

Winter Poems & Quotes

Winter Poems & Quotes For those who love nature…


Grab a mug of something hot, if it has any chocolate in it whatsoever –

add a little more whipped cream
and enjoy some of my favorite winter poems & quotes
-helps take the chill out of the air…

the ice storm

the ice storm

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

“Fall is a second spring…
when every leaf is a flower.”
~unknown

“If we had no winter,
the spring would not be so pleasant”
~Anne Bradstreet

narcissus in snow

narcissus in snow

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle …
a seed waiting to sprout,
a bulb opening to the light,
a bud straining to unfurl.
And the anticipation nurtures our dream”

~B. Winkler

 

“The birds are gone, The ground is white,
The winds are wild, They chill and bite;
The ground is thick with slush and sleet,
And I barely feel my feet.”

~unknown author

“From December to March,
there are for many of us three gardens –
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.”

~K. S. White

narcissus

narcissus

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

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Nov 17 2008

Indian Blanket Flower

Indian Blanket Flower

‘Gaillardia pulchella’

The Indian Blanket Flower also known as the Firewheel or the Sundance flower, is the official state wild flower of the State of Oklahoma. It blooms practically year-round in some warm areas, but more typically in summer to early fall. Legend states; the blanket flower was once all yellow and was a favorite of the Aztec Indians, years ago, young Aztec women would decorate their hair with crowns of the golden flowers. When Cortez came to their land and killed those who were living there peacefully, the much loved flower “caught the blood of the innocents as they fell”…..and to this day the red stains remain on the flower.

indian blanket flower in bloom

indian blanket flower in bloom

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

Blanket flowers are easy to grow from seed. The seeds can be sewed in early Spring and will bloom that same Summer. These hearty flowers thrive in much of central United States, all the way from northern Mexico to southern Canada. From the daisy family, the blanket flower petals are exquisite, each petal in itself is a flower, the colors are vivid and there are several color varieties available. The beauty of each individual flower is timeless, but a large patch of Indian Blanket flowers is a sight to behold.

© 2008 oodles of infOrmation

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Oct 29 2008

May Apples

Mayapple or Devil’s apple

American Mayapple
‘Podophyllum peltatum’


The Mayapple is also known by many other names.
Other common names for the May Apple are the Devil’s apple, Hog apple, Indian apple, Umbrella plant, the Wild lemon, and American mandrake.

According to history, Native Americans and early settlers originally used the rhizome
of the mayapple for a variety of medicinal purposes, eventhough

all the parts of the plant, except the fruit, are considered poisonous. May apples grow in patches or colonies, usually in open woodlands and bloom in early May.

May apple colony

May apple colony

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

The May apple is a perennial plant, native to the eastern part of North America.
The stems grow to between 12 to 16 inches tall, with palmately lobed leaves that have 5-9 deeply cut lobes.
The plant produces two forms. The ones with a single umbrella like leaf do not produce any flower or fruit.
The plants that have a twin leaf structure bear a single small white flower with six to nine petals.

May apple

May apple

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

© 2007 oOdles of infOrmation

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