Monday, 10 May 2004
Pix Of The Day: Pink Both Sides Of The Atlantic
CREDITS: [top] © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com;
[bottom] © Charles Winpenny/CornwallCAM.co.uk
WHERE: Utah, USA, and Cornwall, UK. WHAT: pink Spring flowers.
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Whilst our own abysmal botanical ignorance continues to embarrass us, more informed visitors from around the world have grabbed an opportunity to flaunt their expertise. Jenny Cockshull, knowledgeable Essex gardener and fluent Anglo-Saxon speaker now living in the Netherlands, has identified yesterday's featured plant as a Soaptree Yucca (Yucca baccata), providing two  links as supporting evidence. Check it out and make up your own mind.
Meanwhile Her Indoors has decided that the blue flowers in Wednesday's desert blooms feature, which the British contingent thought might be a vetch, is actually sagebrush in bloom. Our UK visitor avers that the orange bloom in the same feature is not Indian paintbrush, but more probably a member of the Penstemon family (Beardtongue). Those interested in making identifications for themselves may like to check out the DesertUSA.com web site  guides. We have decided to admit defeat, so the US contribution to this feature must remain unidentified.
Back in Britain, we are confident that Charles Winpenny has correctly identified the Thrift growing along the coast of Cornwall at the abandoned Wheal Coates tin mine. Thrift is one of Charles' favorite flowers, and we would add one that brings back many memories salt wind and spray days on the coast. Nowhere in the British Isles is very far from the sea, and its presence is something that is taken for granted, and missed all the more for that lack of attention.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)