Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The First Wildflower of Spring!


On the east side of town in a grassy strip between the railroad tracks and the highway I found the first wildflower of spring. I have been hoping for them, longing for them, looking for them, and then last Friday I found them! Grass widows, also know as Satin flowers were blooming.They were only about 6 inches tall, but their pinky purple faces seemed to eagerly welcome me. I've seen them much taller over on the Puget sound where they get more water.
I looked up the term "Grass widow". There is debate about the origan and meaning. Wikipedia said It "is a widow whose husband will return in a limited period of time, usually a voyage, or in a second sense, divorced or separated from her husband." The definition made me think I rather liked it's second name better, Satin Flower. It seems more fitting and matches the beauty of the delicate flower.

I looked at web page called "The Language of Flowers" and it said that Satin flowers mean sincerity.

I sincerely wish you a happy spring. Hurry for the first wildflower! I know there will be more to follow.

9 bouquets of wildflowers (Comment here):

Pamela said...

You must have known right where to look. I think I know kind of where you found them.

ellen b said...

Oh those are so sweet. Thank you so much for hosting this fun blog carnival. It really has made me more aware of all the beauty around me. Blessings...

Dirty Knees said...

The first wildflower...already? Wow, Elizabeth Joy!

The ground is still covered with ice and snow here. (sigh) Our winter has been brutal. Other years I've seen Johnny jump-ups by now. So far just snow and ice in my slice of Ontario -- although that can be beautiful in its own right. ;-)

PS I left an answer for you at my blog.

Nancy J. Bond said...

These are so beautiful, poking their heads up through the dead grass. Delightful!

Hildegard said...

Oh, the pure, undefiled delight of them!

Gumbo Lily said...

I "sincerely" love these pretty little flowers. They have joyful faces. We just received 5" of new snow so as you might guess.....no wildflowers here in the north country.

Jody

La Tea Dah said...

So beautiful! I am going to hunt for some myself --- but it will have to be your direction.

Shady Gardener said...

What beautiful flowers! And what a beautiful way to "announce" Spring! So sincerely. :-)

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Purple is my favorite, thanks for sharing these.

So pretty,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom