It’s that time again. The time where I come across one of my favorite things on the bayou: WILDFLOWERS!
This week some beautiful flowers on the shoulder of the road caught my attention. I literally stopped traffic to get a photo because I had to park on the road, since they were on the shoulder and I didn’t want to run over them.
First, I want to post a photo of some very special flowers that LilSis (Heather Here) thinks are not so special.
Ok, I know what these are. They are in a pot next to my house. They are special to me because this original clump of flowers was in the flowerbed of a little Houma Indian woman I greatly admired. After her death, her son dug them up and brought them to me in a bucket. If I had asked for a remembrance of her, I could not have thought of anything better. I call them Wild Petunias. Some people call them Mexican Petunias. Either way, they spread rapidly and will take over your flowerbed if you’re not careful.
And then, there is a striking resemblance to the road-side flowers . . .
And for a closer look . . .
The purple ones have five petals just like the Wild Petunia, but the leaves and stems are not exactly the same. Take a little closer look . . .
In the past, I could tell you the name of the blue flower, but it escapes me now. Here’s what I need from you. I am NOT going to look up these flowers in my oh-so-handy-wildflower book. I would rather draw from your wealth of knowledge and have you educate me about this purple flower.
Please note that I have NEVER seen these two flowers growing side by side anywhere on the bayou before this week. They are cropping up in great numbers, and I have to wonder if the seeds were washed in on the waves of Hurricane Rita tidal surge and have just taken this long to germinate?
Okay, my brilliant ones, any ideas on this flower phenomenon? I can’t wait to see what you come up with!