Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mostly Flowers...

...with some random happenings thrown in.


Not everything in my life has been pretty this week. There have been dental issues.

It seems to me that despite the advent of anaesthetics (for which I am deeply grateful), dentistry is still rather barbaric. All that grinding and scraping and wrenching, all the large and/or sharp pieces of metal involved. There's a reason novelists write so penetratingly and amusingly about dentists and dental visits: they're working out their pain on paper.

(These three works come immediately to mind, but I'm sure there are many more: "In the Teeth of the Evidence", a short story by Dorothy L. Sayers, "Village Centenary" by Miss Read [see the chapter entitled "May"], and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" by Agatha Christie.)


There seems to be a sort of Murphy's law that when I am busiest and most in need of extra time, it is vouchsafed to me with the unwelcome rider of either a) illness; b) a killer headache (or toothache); c) some other enervating or distracting problem that renders the extra time useless and unproductive. Why, Lord, why?


Let's talk about flowers!

For those of you who have asked about my references to a wildflower count: I decided early this year to keep a list of every wildflower I see, and to try to take photos of any that were new to me. I hoped to see perhaps 50 varieties, but the list now stands at 125....

Here are some spotted (and Spotted) on a recent ride:

Spotted Jewelwed

Hearts-ease or Spotted Lady's Thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

And just to show you that I do still occasionally watch the sky....

Okay, back to the flowers!

Spiderwort gone to seed


Not included in my wildflower count, but still beautiful, are these flowers from my Very Small Garden:


Sweet Alyssum

Irish Poet Tassel Flower

Irish Poet Tassel Flower, seen from above


On my most recent ride, I see this rather gorgeous creature (who is presumably responsible for the holes in the leaf):

Research identifies it as a Japanese Beetle, a non-native, highly destructive critter. Wouldn't it make a beautiful bead?

The Goldenrod still flourishes, and will carry on until the first frost:


A sunlit path between pines:

Boneset (Eupatoriam perfoliatum) is also flourishing right now, in large patches under and at the edge of the woods along this road:

Just up the road, a new-to-me aster:

I think it may be Arrow-Leaved Aster, White Arrow-leaf Aster, or possibly Drummond's Aster. (The Aster family is so large and many-branched - ha! wildflower pun - that it can be difficult to pin down an ID for some of its members.)

Whatever its name, this Aster is beautiful:

At the turnaround point of the ride, Tallulah and I decide to obey the sign and...

We're on a dead-end road, at the shore of the local lake. A little path runs behind the barrier, and we spend a few minutes exploring.

Miss T finds some Spotted Jewelweed:

I find a mini art installation on a wooden post:

Miss T admires the glittering sunpath on the water...

...while I notice all manner of wee shells in the sand, many of them smaller than my little fingernail:

It seems strange to see so many shells at the edge of a freshwater lake. I wonder what tiny creatures inhabited them....

On our way home, we stop for a photo of these Woodland Sunflowers (more members of the prolific Aster family), shining like stars against a dark background of trees:

We pass a patch of Horsemint, a rather alien-looking flower that is new to me this summer (many thanks to Betty, a kind reader, for identifying it in a previous post):

While taking the above photo, I realise that I've seen those three sets of prickly bits (must work on botanical terminology!) somewhere before. Last winter, in fact, at the side of a walking trail:

It's always satisfying when I can match up a dried winter flower to its full-colour summer version. :)


How's your week going?

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  1. Still sitting with my mom at the hospital. Think I'll crochet tomorrow. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  2. It's always interesting for me to read about flowers, especially of the wild variety. Some of them have wonderful names like the Irish Poet Tassel Flower. Such a stunning one too!

  3. Beautiful flowers. I always enjoy going on adventures with you. You find the most interesting things to photograph. Tallulah too!

  4. What a lovely ride, and how beautiful down by the lake. I really like the spotted lady's thumb, a pretty flower and an excellent name! CJ xx

    1. And I meant to add, so sorry about the dental things, I know exactly what you mean about the barbaricness of it all. I hope it's all over and sorted for you very soon. CJ xx

  5. Beautiful flowers! There are a lot of different flowers where you live.
    A few years ago I photographed a lot of flowers in my area. Yesterday I was thinking about those pictures, maybe make a separate page and share them on my blog.

  6. Love the woodland sunflowers, not so sure about the golden rod, it's one of those that causes allergy attacks for me. The shot across the water was great.

  7. I hope you get to feeling better soon dear friend. Dental issues suck! Hang in there. :) I so enjoyed your lovely pictures and the sunlit pathway through the woods, very enchanting. I saw that beetle and thought with his emerald body he's make an awesome piece of jewelry and then I read where you asked if he'd made a good bead. I had to smile at that, because he really, really would. I love the sky pictures....and as always the flowers, too. Hope you get to feeling better very soon dear friend. :) ((hugs))

  8. I"ve never heard that reflection called a sunpath....PERFECT I love it!

  9. I totally enjoyed your post today and all the fun photos. I loved the sunlit path through the trees. Say -- I always thought your blog was titled "MRS. Micawber's..." and hubby called my attention to that it says "MR..." Did you change it or did I just add the "s" in my mind? LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. All so lovely as ever it is here.
    I hope all of the discomfort has gone and that you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

  11. I would say how funny that you posted about dental problems since I've just had a trip myself. But going to the dentist is never a fun thing. For years I had a great fear of dentists, but now I have a wonderful one. Anyway, I had to go in today for what I thought would be a root canal and ended up having an extraction. The root was quite destroyed. I would much rather be looking at flowers. I'm laying in the recliner not feeling well. I hope your visit wasn't too bad.

  12. You get the most awesome looking flowers in your neck of the world. Keep the pics coming.

  13. Oh man, dental issues ick. I spent a large part of July recovering from gingival graft surgery - part one. I feel your pain! Your pics are lovely . The orange tassel is such a pretty flower with a great pop of colour. Your wild flowers are so pretty I think any wild flowers here are dead or burned off. I wonder what little critters live in those tiny shells? You have the mist interesting bike rides!

  14. Argh...sorry for your dental difficulties and my three day flu last week, too..."Why, Lord, why?"...indeed!
    Let's talk about flowers :) I am so excited that you have sighted so many wildflowers this year, and shared them so beautifully with us, Sue. Thanks. I recently figured out that the green lip shaped leaves with orange tongues of stamens sprouting from the center that I was unable to identify in what I posted several posts back is probably some type of honeysuckle. Interestingly, there was not the sweet scent I associate with honeysuckle...more investigation necessary! xx

  15. Your horsemint is so much different than ours!!! Did you save me some spiderwort seeds?!?

    I, too, am very saddened by the necessity of a dental visit. I have a routine cleaning in about two weeks, and I hope that's all it will be, with the two tooth escapades of the last three years. My heart goes out to you!

    All your pictures are so phenomenal, but I think I like Tallulah on the dock best, and it's so good to see the helmeted little turtle again!

  16. I wonder why dental practitioners also practise barbarism?

    You have some stunning wildflower images, I particularly enjoyed the Irish Poet and the Jewel weed. Hearts ease here, in the UK, is a Viola. I am always amazed by the differences and similarities.

  17. Lovely pictures. We have most of the same flowers, but I deeply (but without any malevolence) envy you the Irish Poet Tassel....
    I hope the dental issues are already positively resolved!

  18. Yet more lovely wild flower pics. I also like the shells and the sun sparkles on the loch. Hope the teeth are sorted!

  19. Thank you so much for your lovely hat patterns!!
    I adore the Picea Hat and so do all the people who have seen it!
    Nice way to use crochet and great ideas.
    Thank you again!

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment! I would have replied by email but you're not set up for it in blogger.... But again, thank you. Also you're welcome. :)


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