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Four-nerve daisy upstaged

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The upstager was a budding wild garlic, Allium drummondii, in the median of Morado Circle on April 5th.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 20, 2018 at 4:37 AM

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  1. Four-nerve?


    April 20, 2018 at 6:45 AM

  2. Wildflower melodrama at its best!


    April 20, 2018 at 7:22 AM

  3. At least your upstager knew something about complementary colors, Steve.
    🙂 Beautifully shot.

    Jane Lurie

    April 20, 2018 at 7:05 PM

  4. I think the thing I like most about this flower and another early bloomer, crow poison, is the way they arrive as though freshly wrapped in a florist’s shop, with that tissue-like “paper” around them. Despite being so small and so common, the presentation provides a wonderful formality, as though Nature is saying, “Here. These are for you.”


    April 21, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    • Last night I looked at this picture and thought about onion skin typing paper, which I probably haven’t used in the last 40 or 50 years. Of course that’s getting things backwards, because the typing paper reminded people of the plant. The delicate wrapping is one feature that endears wild garlic to me.

      In the earliest stages I can’t tell wild garlic from crow poison visually. Sniffing a pinched leaf settles it, the deciding factor being the presence or lack of a pungent odor.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

  5. Perfect title!! We have wild garlic here too. Right now I’m waiting for the rain to pass so I can go out to pick wild onions in the orchard!!


    April 21, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    • I don’t attend that many shows, but “upstaged” struck me as just the right word.

      Happy hunting in your orchard. In what way(s) do you eat the wild onions you gather?

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2018 at 9:02 AM

      • We eat them just as one would a regular onion. They’re very small and a lot of work to clean, but the taste is phenomenal! I generally have enough to enjoy in breakfast scrambles or quiche. It’s a lot of work to prepare them for bigger dishes.


        April 21, 2018 at 11:43 AM

  6. What nerve!
    (I doubt Allium drumondii will really upstage it.)


    April 21, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    • Mutual upstaging takes place here in the spring but the four-nerve daisies win out. I keep seeing flowers of that species for most of the year, whereas the wild garlic flowers soon disappear till the next spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 21, 2018 at 4:54 PM

  7. Steve .. love this! Saw it and thought .. how clever …


    April 25, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    • It’s good to hear that you love it, Julie. So many species of wildflowers grow natively in my area that I enjoy playing one off against another. Sometimes they have equal prominence. At other times, as here, one serves in a supporting role to the other.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 25, 2018 at 6:43 AM

  8. The nerve of that garlic!


    May 2, 2018 at 9:33 AM

  9. […] already seen how on April 5th the median in Morado Circle played host to rain-lilies and anemones, wild garlic and four-nerve daisies, and a white bluebonnet. Also growing there was Asclepias asperula, the most common milkweed […]

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