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May Day

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Today is May Day, the beginning of the new month. In contrast, “Mayday” is a distress call, but I think you’ll agree that this densely floral portion of a wildflower meadow was not feeling distressed at all. Flourishing is how I found it on the morning of April 23rd along Yaupon Dr. on the far west side of my Great Hills neighborhood. The yellow flowers are the familiar (because often shown here) four-nerve daisies, Tetraneuris linearifolia. Many people might overlook the equally numerous but much smaller flower heads of pale blue-violet mixed in among all those sunshiny yellow daisies. They’re Chaetopappa bellidifolia, appropriately called least daisies; you’ll get a much better look at one in the next post.

The four-nerve daisy colony served as a bright and conveniently out-of-focus backdrop for some blue curls, Phacelia congesta, that had completely uncurled. The plant farther back still shows some curling at the left.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 1, 2020 at 4:43 PM

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  1. Happy. Not distressed.

    Michael Scandling

    May 1, 2020 at 4:49 PM

    • Happy it was and continues to be here. This morning I came across another four-nerve daisy colony that was going great.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 1, 2020 at 5:22 PM

  2. How lovely to find a purple blossom among the sea of yellow!

    circadianreflections

    May 1, 2020 at 9:35 PM

  3. Beautiful photo of the Phacelia congesta, Steve – amazing detail! Happy May Day!

    composerinthegarden

    May 1, 2020 at 9:49 PM

  4. I have a good feeling about what this new month may have in store–come what May.

    krikitarts

    May 2, 2020 at 4:37 AM

    • On another blog I commented: “May May make things better for us.” Yours and mine are two recent examples of home-Mayed wordplay.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 2, 2020 at 7:16 AM

  5. It might have been a sight like this that inspired Wordsworth to begin his Ode Composed on a May Morning:

    While from the purpling east departs
    The star that led the dawn,
    Blithe Flora from her couch upstarts,
    For May is on the lawn.
    A quickening hope, a freshening glee,
    Foreran the expected Power,
    Whose first-drawn breath, from bush and tree,
    Shakes off that pearly shower.

    These flowers look pretty darned blithe to me. There’s a hillside south of Kerrville that’s covered with them every year, and it’s one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Since I’m missing those, I’m glad you showed these.

    shoreacres

    May 2, 2020 at 6:33 AM

    • The Wordsworth ode is new to me, and I also don’t recall ever hearing or reading the past tense foreran till now. In fact we don’t seem to use the verb at all anymore, only the noun forerunner, of which the verb forerun is indeed a forerunner. And speaking of words, blithe is a good one for this bright meadow that stands in for the one south of Kerrville. Yesterday I found a good-sized and happy colony of four-nerve daisies in my neighborhood on a lot where I’d never previously taken any pictures. A new location for a new month.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 2, 2020 at 7:29 AM

  6. A superb way to bring out the beauty of the blue flower in a sea of yellow, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    May 2, 2020 at 8:29 AM

    • Yes, it’s quite a contrast. As far as I’m concerned, yellow enhances anything, and I often seek out that color as a background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 2, 2020 at 8:34 AM

  7. A beautiful May Day tribute! Your yellow and purple work well together.

    denisebushphoto

    May 2, 2020 at 12:25 PM

  8. What a wonderful carpet of flowers. 🙂

    Pit

    May 2, 2020 at 8:14 PM

  9. What a gorgeous burst of yellow, Steve.

    Jane Lurie

    May 2, 2020 at 9:51 PM

  10. Those are both fine celebrations of the day.

    Steve Gingold

    May 3, 2020 at 3:19 PM

  11. Lovely Steve. I was looking at the purple blossom and thought that looks like phacelia! And it is! Brilliant … must grow it again

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    May 9, 2020 at 12:39 AM

  12. The blue un-curled looks great against the yellow. My first thought was, vervain, but then realized I was mistaken.

    melissabluefineart

    May 29, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    • I like the way you put it: “blue un-curled.” We’ve got verbena and vervain of various kinds here, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 29, 2020 at 4:20 PM

      • Yes, I remember you posting them.

        melissabluefineart

        May 30, 2020 at 8:54 AM


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