The best that can be said of my knowledge of wildflowers is that I know very little but I like them. I like learning about them, searching for their identification through books, asking other people, from wildflower experts and the Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador FB page.
Some friends and I did a little walk about the Cove on a lovely sunny morning and together we studied the wildflowers growing by the side of the road in Comfort Cove. These I believe are pretty common wildflowers but oh so pretty.
This one took a little time, but was ID’d by members of Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is further described as a roadside mix, dumped by contractors doing road work. I, for one, am so glad they did…growing all along the roadside of Comfort Cove-Newstead they make quite the visual statement.
I took this picture on one of my solo walks in Newstead. A variety of Daisy…Ox eye, English, some other???? not sure. As children we called them Bachelor Buttons and would pull off the petals one by one, reciting “he loves me, he loves me not.”
St. John’s Wort
I like wildflowers, I like how they grow anywhere…in fields, among rocks, bogs, roadsides, between old boards, barrels, on barrens…simply wherever they feel like it. They always seem so happy and free and for the most part co-exist happily together, sometimes invading each other’s space.
On a recent medicine walk in Woody Point NL, I learned that the leaves of the common Yarrow can be inserted in wounds to stop bleeding. Also the whole plant can be thrown in a fire to drive away flies.
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free. Wildflowers by Tom Petty
Bring your enthusiasm for life with you everywhere you go, and it will be contagious. Dr. Bernie S. Siegel
Butter and Eggs
Butter and Eggs
Go outside, walk, walk and then walk some more, see and explore, learn and marvel.