Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

June 1, 2012

Wildflowers of Early Spring

It never ceases to amaze me as to how fast the wildflowers come up and flower. It seems that from now on, there will be one or two new types appearing as if by magic every week all summer. Some of these are so tiny that you have to get down and dirty and really close to capture the details. God has an amazing paintbrush!

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.) is a perennial herb of the family Boraginaceae with a black, turnip-like root and large, hairy broad leaves that bears small bell-shaped flowers of various colours, typically cream or purplish, which may be striped. It is native to Europe, growing in damp, grassy places, and is locally frequent throughout Ireland and Britain on river banks and ditches. More common is the hybrid between S. officinale and S. asperumSymphytum × uplandicum, known as Russian Comfrey, which is widespread in the British Isles, and which interbreeds with S. officinale. Compared to S. officinaleS.× uplandicum is generally more bristly and has flowers which tend to be more blue or violet.[1] From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This little gem seems to now be established in Alberta  since there is no reference to it in the various books on wildflowers.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale L.)
 Woodland or Wild Strawberry
Fragaria vesca L. or Frageria virginiana Duchesne
Rose Family, Rosaceae

 Woodland or Wild Strawberry
  Canada Western Violet
Viola canadensis L.
Violet Family, Violaceae

Canada Western Violet

False Solomons Seal (Smilacina racemosa) 
Family:  Liliaceae (Lily)
Height:  1 to 3 ft. 
Blooms:  May to July
Leaf Type:   smooth

Bloom Size:  0.12 in. (typical)
False Solomons Seal

Scientific Name:Taraxacum ceratophorum
Family Name:Asteraceae


Lonicera villosa (Northern Bush Honeysuckle)
Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) 
Northern Bush Honeysuckle
Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum) - tech 
Family: Cornaceae (Dogwood) 
Silky Dogwood

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