Tuesday, April 22, 2008
What's in a name: more flowers
Another day. I have discovered from my friend Marti that the common names of flowers are not particularly accurate when identifying plants. She would know, having a degree in botany. So the plant that I was calling the "Bladder Sage" is also known as the "Paper Bag" plant. I don't know the Latin name, and even if you told me, it is unlikely I would remember. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet..." I think I agree with Shakespeare in this regard! I still love the plant, regardless of the name. So I will continue with my fumbling efforts of describing these desert plants. As long as you realize I am no expert, only an admirer.
Speaking of names, I have these photos of some yellow flowers, and I can't find them in the flower book I have. So I have been procrastinating sharing them with you. Since I can't seem to identify them, you will have to enjoy them as "unidentified yellow flowers". The clumps these flowers are sitting on can be quite large, but so far, the purple "bladder sage, paper bag plant, balloon sage" is still the biggest one I have encountered in terms of large, shrubby flowers. At least the ones near our house. Ahh, dear flowers. How I adore thee. The Balloon flowers also smell sweet. Another reason to be so infatuated.
Here is another weak attempt at the jackrabbit drawings. This is the shot I most often see, so I have at least 6 sketches from this particular angle. It's called "Parting Shot." I think I may need to darken it just a bit. These watercolors are postcard sized, about 6 x 4" or so. Just FYI.