Sunday, 10 June 2018

Convolvulus Tricolour

"Convolvulus Tricolour - Dwarf Morning Glory" drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2018 rev.





I must confess that I am cheating just a bit with today's featured drawing.  As you know, I am supposed to be featuring drawings of yellow/white flowers exclusively at the present time; however, as is evident above, there's a lot more blue in these flowers than yellow and/or white.  Hopefully, you will forgive the large amount of blue in these lovely flowers and enjoy the drawing anyway.

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Convolvulus is a genus of about 200 species of flowering plants in the bindweed family, Convolvulaceae. Common names include bindweed and morning glory, both names shared with other closely related genera. They are annual or perennial vines as well as a few species of woody shrubs. The leaves are spirally arranged, and the flowers trumpet-shaped, mostly white or pink, but blue, violet, purple or yellow are present in some species. 

Many of the species of Convolvulus are problematic weeds, which can swamp other more valuable plants by climbing over them, but some are also deliberately grown for their attractive flowers. Those of you who possess my 2018 Flower Calendar will note the similarities between the flower featured for the month of June (Convolvulus arvensis or Field Bindweed) and today's drawing.

Convolvulus tricolour, commonly known as dwarf morning glory is a member of the bindweed family. It is commonly called dwarf morning glory because of the similarity of its tri-colored flowers to those of the morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor). C. tricolour is a plant with solitary long-stalked flowers. The flower is a tricoloured, funnel-shaped bloom about three centimeters wide, blue with a white and a yellow centre. The leaves are rather small, dark green, narrow and pointed. 

Concolculus tricolour is commonly found on cultivated land, dry open habitats, sandy places and roadsides and is native to the Mediterranean Basin. In Spain it can be found growing profusely in the area of Costa del Sol. It has become a popular garden plant in any area that provides summer soil warmed to at least 18 to 20 degrees Celsius. 

The genus name, Convolvulus, comes from the Latin word convolvo, convolvere, meaning to twine around. The specific epithet, tricolour, obviously refers to the three-colours of these flowers: white, yellow and blue. 





Portions of the above text were taken from various Internet sources.
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BRADEN AND RÒNÀN




The last weekend of May (Memorial Day Weekend for those in the U.S.) saw the boys and their parents (along with family members and friends) participating in a Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon.  Their group, known as Rònàn's Warriors, raised $2,700 for supportive care and research.  Congratulations to them all!





The brothers standing in front of Rònàn's marker at the
Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon, 2018




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SUKI AND SALLIE





Well, at least she said "please"!

The past two weeks have provided Suki with a fortnight of rest and relaxation.  Her meals have been served on time, her sand box has been cleaned soon after each use and there have been no "monsters" preventing her from getting her preferred 16 or so hours of sleep each day!

I am glad that Suki has had this period of R and R as she will soon be having to make another trip to the vet.  On our last visit to the cat hospital, the vet discovered that Suki has another bad tooth which is causing her a bit pain and is in danger of becoming infected.  Obviously, the tooth needs to be removed which means that Suki will have to be sedated.  Unfortunately for her, being sedated requires an overnight stay at the veterinary clinic.  

Poor Suki.  As you may recall from my comments in this column several years ago when Suki had another tooth removed, she would barely deign to "speak" to me when I brought her home after her overnight stay in the vet's recovery room.  It took several days of  solicitous behaviour on my part before she returned to her normal, aloof self.

As for when this tooth extraction might occur, I am currently considering some date in mid-July.  I will certainly keep you informed.

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 As for me, I have only had one bit of excitement over the past two weeks and that was the visit with my dear friend whom I had not seen for about six months.  Thanks to the chauffeuring assistance of another dear friend, we were able to meet, have lunch together and catch up on a lot of news and gossip.

You may recall my mentioning the plan to visit "the boys" as well; however, unfortunately, this visit had to be called off due to various family problems.  We are now hoping to reschedule the visit for sometime near the end of June.  

Otherwise, the past two weeks have been very quiet ones for me as well as Suki.  I have spent a lot of time reading books, as usual, and occasionally watching re-runs of British TV mystery series.  Sadly, my time of no medical appointments is about to end with upcoming appointments with my family doctor, the dentist and the ophthalmologist.

Before I post again, North America will be celebrating Fathers Day (next Sunday) and the northern hemisphere will be experiencing the Summer Solstice on the 21st of June.  So, Happy Fathers Day to all those fathers who read this blog and Happy Summer Solstice to all of us in the northern hemisphere.  May each and every one of us experience much joy and contentment in the days ahead.

Peace.

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