Friday, May 25, 2012

Saponaria Smiles

My Saponaria or soapwort is in full bloom and it always makes me smile at the little rocky patch in the dogyard!
When we had the sit'n sew, I asked Cindy if I might take home one baby quilt and free motion quilt it and bring it back instead of tying it. She agreed, and I did a simple meander on all those psychedelic flowers with a wavy scroll on the turquoise gingham border. I like it! I teased with the group that this baby will awaken from it's nap and say, "Groovy, man, let's smoke some reefer!" The fabric is so 1960's retro!

I have a question for those of you who may know plants. There is a lovely weed with yellow flowers that grows on the edge of the lawn. It is not buttercup, but I have no idea what it is. Do you know it?

Also, on Mother's Day, I got a real thrill when my never-ever-had-a-blossom, 17 year-old wisteria vine produced a single flower! It was the only one, but it BLOOMED!!!!! Wheeeeeeeeee!!!

All last year, I fertilized it with a super phosphate once a month from April to September, and it paid off! So I'm fertilizing it again this year, too.


Anne, Sailor, Jib, and Zoe said...

If the puffball seed head is part of this weed, it's a dandelion!

Erika said...

It's called "greater celandine"

You can find more information about it here:

Vic in NH said...

Thank you both so very much for your contributions!
Anne, I had not realized that there was also a dandelion seed head in the picture, but no, this is the Greater Celandine that Erika found. I was interested to see that it has so very many medicinal uses, too.

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