Portraits of Wildflowers

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Barbara’s buttons, focused and not

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Barbara's Buttons Flower Heads .4070

Barbara’s buttons: Marshallia caespitosa.
Place: Allen Park.
Date: May 11.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 10, 2016 at 5:05 AM

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  1. What an appropriate post, since, as my grandma would say, I’ve been busting my buttons with delight all day. I’ve never seen such a spring. Given what I saw on the way to Kerrville — hillsides and roadsides covered with horsemint, gaillardia, Mexican hat, basketflowers, white poppies, greenthread, mountain pinks, century plants, thistle — we’re in for quite a time over the next two days. I even saw late-blooming opuntia on the landscaped cuts along Anderson Loop (1604) in San Antonio. I would have looked more closely at some areas, but at 65 mph I didn’t want to risk having “She Died Looking at Flowers” as my epitaph.


    June 10, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    • I’m so glad you got to see the bounteous floral spring central Texas is having (and didn’t meet a sudden end in the process). You’ll have seen at least one this year that I’ll probably miss: mountain pinks. As you know, I’m compensating with other species from northern Illinois that are new to me, some of which will eventually show up in these pages.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    • As for these buttons, they were a bit busted by heavy rain and therefore didn’t have their usual rounded symmetry. I liked their unkemptness.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM

  2. I see that the USDA lists them as “Puffballs” so I guess the “busted by heavy rain” description is why they are not puffball-like. Before these, the only puffballs I have seen are fungi.

    Steve Gingold

    June 12, 2016 at 3:34 PM

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