Saturday, April 20, 2013

April Blues

Each year by the back door, mixed in with the grass, clover and dandelions,
two or three tiny stalks of blue flowers pop up. 
 They don't look like much from a distance, but up close the bluebells are lovely.

There are also ribbons of small bluish purple flowers 
all over the lawn (pictured below).  
Picked, they smell minty.  
Magnified, they look like irises, 
with a palette of color and texture.

I looked them up in the wildflower book.  They're not native. 
 Like many of our plants they came over from Europe.

Ground Ivy, Gill-over-the-ground, Creeping Charlie.
Considered a weed due to the enthusiastic spread,
but causing no problems at my house.
Used in the old country to flavor beer.

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