Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Daisy fleabane

Daisy Fleabane, a native wildflower. Before the blossom opens, the stems arc downwards. Once open, the stems become straight. An interesting way of being. Why? I have only guesses - to protect the pollen and nectar, perhaps. The rays (white petal-like structures) are very thin and may not protect well enough.

Now that it's plant season, it's herbicide season. Every year I admire the daisy fleabane that grows alongside the road on my commute to work. Every year it is herbicided by the homeowner. I can't believe that some people would rather have a dirt patch than daisy fleabane. 

Next the beautiful sedges that grow in the roadside ditches will be mowed. 


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