Greetings, dear readers
This was a day for small things. A small class for just two willing participants. A small bit of progress on a work project. And a walk along my small road finding beauty in little things.
Milkweed just before bloom. The perfection of these sleeping buds, each one no bigger than a pea, always tugs at me.
Tiny Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) – this is an introduced plant that favors scrappy soil and roadsides. It blooms close to the ground and I just happened to see the clump of about half a dozen minuscule orange flowers near a powerline pole. I think I amused several drivers of passing cars while leaning over the guardrail to apparently take photographs of weeds and gravel.
The last is another introduced plant so lovely I once cordoned off a fifteen foot section in the middle of my front yard so the kid mowing my lawn wouldn’t cut them: Deptford Pinks (Dianthus armeria), or – as they are (perhaps not surprisingly) also known – Grass Pinks.
The flowers are less than a half inch across, but are prolific seed producers, so they can spring up in large patches. But who would mind a yard full of these pretty fuchsia faces?
Readers, I hope your days bring you the sweet small treasures that make you smile. Be safe and well; I am grateful you are here.