Saturday, 1 August 2009

Checkerblooms and Spiders

Tonight's first drawing is a California wildflower called "Island Checkerbloom".

Its Latin name is Sidalcea malviflora. Island Checkerbloom is its common name. It comes from the family of Malvaceae (Mallow) and grows wild along California's coastal grasslands, scrub and open woodland from March to June. There are lots of varieties of "checkerblooms" with a lot of variation in how they look.

This second drawing is a wildflower found in the southern U.S. The common name of the flower is "Spider Lily."

It Latin name is Hymenocallis littoralis and it is a bulbous perennial herb. It ranges in height from 60 to 70 cm and requires sunlight to partial shade for proper growth and blooms from mid-summer to late autumn with white flowers.

As you may have guessed, I have been spending a lot of time investigating North American wildflowers lately. I am always intrigued by the more unusual flowers. Expect to see a few more of these in the near future.

I spent the afternoon with a dear friend of mine. The last time we had a visit was about 15 years ago. Her name is Sister M. Cecilia and for years she was in a conventnear Niagara Falls. Once I ended uup in the wheelchair, however, I could no longer go down to visit her as she was in a cloistered community (nuns who don't leave the convent expect for really special reasons), she could not come to visit me. Now she is living in a care facility in Toronto and miracle of miracles, I am able to see her again. What a wonderful visit we had and we plan to have many more visits in the future, God willing.

May peace be with you all.

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