I love wildflowers. Whether I am in England or in Georgia, I am always looking out for them. The bluebells are in bloom at this time of year in England and I wish I could be there to see them! (I have a photo of myself on the side of my blog posing with them in May of 2010.) Never mind, there are some lovely blue flowers that have been in bloom at Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain too. They are called spider-worts but the botanical name for them is tradescantia. I think the ones here are tradescantia virginiana. I love the way my English husband says the word "tradescantia" and that is what we call them.
There is an English connection to them since the name comes from the English naturalists, John Tradescant the Elder (1570-1638) and.John Tradescant the Younger (1608-1662). You may click on each name to learn more about these fascinating gentlemen. The few snippets I can give you about them reads like a movie poster..."Founded First Public Museum In England", "The Younger-Great Friend To John Smith, Famous Explorer!, "Gardeners for Royalty! (Charles I)".
Come on now, surely you want to click on their names to read about them now!
Normally, I don't like books of fiction but I see that Philippa Gregory has written two books about them, "Earthly Joys" about John the Elder and "Virgin Earth" about the Younger. (John the Elder collected seeds and specimens from Europe whereas his son ventured as far as Virginia in America.)
These are on my list of books that I truly want to read!
Meike, I hope you know that I thought of you when I saw these yellow flowers* amongst the tradescantia!
*I really do know what these are called but the name just does not come to mind, but I will find out and let you know!
Look, these dutch irises echo the tradescantia...and these are just beside our front steps to our home!