Portraits of Wildflowers

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The foreground becomes background

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Wild Garlic Bud by Cedar Sage Flowers 0230

The species that was the subject of the last post—Salvia roemeriana, cedar sage—served up its flowers on a different day in a different place as an amorphous but colorfully saturated background for a bud of wild garlic, Allium drummondii, that was beginning to open. Say April 4 along Bluegrass Dr. and you’ll have it right.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 18, 2016 at 4:59 AM

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  1. This is so pretty and delicate. I’m used to seeing pink-to-white or white-to-pink, but lavender-to-pink is a transition I don’t remember. Of course, I only recently figured out that the flowers of wild garlic aren’t always white. I think I’d been confusing them with false garlic.

    It’s wonderful, the way the contours of the separate flowers are visible through the sepals (?).


    April 18, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    • Pretty and delicate, agreed. Less lofty I, intermittently prey again to pareidolia, imagine in the garlic the head and long neck of a cartoonish dinosaur, perhaps remembering Cecil from the television show of my childhood.

      I see lavender but not the pink you mentioned: oh, disparities of monitors and eyes. As for that translucent skin over the developing buds, I don’t know technically what that is.

      According to the television weather report some minutes ago, there are places between Austin and the coast that have already gotten 11 inches of rain. Yikes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 18, 2016 at 9:13 AM

      • Oh — I meant the change from the lavender bud to the pinker, fully blooming flowers. I don’t see any pink in the bud, or only very faint tinges.

        You know, now that I think about it, I can see the resemblance between that skin, and the covering that contains the garlic cloves we buy in the grocery store. There’s the outer, papery covering, and then the covering on the separate cloves. Interesting.

        And, yes. Houston is a mess. Even here in League City we have plenty of closed roads. I suppose I shouldn’t laugh, but the new, lovely evacuation route they built — Highway 96 — is closed because of flooding. This is why I always take the Chicago approach to hurricanes: evacuate early and often.


        April 18, 2016 at 9:24 AM

        • Okay, thanks for the clarification about pink.

          An evacuation route that floods: I’m ready to blame bureaucracy unless the low-lying land in that area means that no routes are exempt from flooding when there’s been enough rain. “Early and often” sounds like the way to go.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 18, 2016 at 9:40 AM

  2. Very nice! Love the color highlighting the flower plus the softness of the background.

    Reed Andariese

    April 18, 2016 at 5:10 PM

  3. Beautiful .. I’m very partial to the allium family 😄


    April 19, 2016 at 4:50 AM

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