Friday, May 1, 2009

Yellow Merrybells

Merrybells. Just the name is pretty. These strange woodland wildflowers have leaves that are punctured by the stem. The stem shoots straight up then curves back down so that the flower is a yellow bell of curving twisted petals. The yellow is a subtle one, so that it blends in with the bright green of the leaves and is easily overlooked. But once your eyes catch one cluster of stems and flowers and 'learns' to see, you find them scattered along the woodland floor, each cluster its own unique arrangement of blooms and leaves. Because of that quality of being hidden then spectacularly revealed, along with the lovely grace that the flower possess, it is another of my spring woodland favorites. Merrybells: Makes me smile just to say it.


Anonymous said...

Love those flowers. Always wanted to put some in the garden, but never could seem to find them at the store.
They are so cheerful, so 'mary'!

~An egotistical Sheep Girl

goprairie said...

My most sincere apologies for spelling 'Marybells' wrong. How could I? I rescued mine from the wild. They were about to be demolished by 'development' so I brought them home to my yard. These are at the nearby forest preserve where fire has allowed them to multiply and flourish. Sometimes they can be a little misunderstood, as the first wildflower book I ever owned printed them upside down.
Love you dearly!

Chuckles said...

Merry, Mary. Quite contrary. Remind you of anyone we know? Hm?

Also does remind me of this:

Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey.

A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?