June 4, 2019
The roads of East Texas are full of wildflowers and I got to be in East Texas at just the right time. A new grandson was born in May. One day during my visit, my grandaughter and I walked the fields looking at wildflowers.
Queen Anne’s lace was everywhere. It is an ancestor of the garden carrot and it’s taproot can be cooked and eaten.
Another white flower was en masse along the roads. Woolly-White is common in East Texas along roadsides and uncultivated land.
You’ve got to love a plant like sensitive brier that has feelings. Touch the foliage and it bashfully closes. The prickly stems protect it’s sensitive nature.
This picture was taken on a misty morning. Hope you don’t mind the blur effect. Enjoy this beautiful blue and the simplicity of the three petaled flower.
Cherokee Indians steeped the roots of Venus’s Looking Glass with other plants and drank the infusion for indigestion.
Cows enjoy grazing this daisy. Now that I am back home looking at these pictures and reading my wildflower guides, I realize how much was missed. This flower is fragrant and I never even noticed ! I’ll not chastise myself too much because fire ants and poison ivy were all around. Grandaughter and I had to stay clear of those dangers.
Another bright yellow flower but this one is not tasty. Honey made from pollen of this flower is very bitter and unpalatable. Hence the name-bitterweed.
Only a few Indian Paintbrush flowers were seen, but even one makes a brilliant statement.
Wild clematis, what a find! The nodding bell shape flowers are so unusual. Notice the bumble bee mining a blossom, upper left.
These two wildflower books helped with plant id: Wildflowers of Texas by Geyata Ajilvsgi and Texas Wildflowers by Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller.
In future years, hunting wildflowers could become a family outing. The fields in May are full of them and they will always remind me of a special birthday.
Pictures by me and grandaughter!