|Good morning! It's cherry time!|
|Baby chard from Bare Knuckle Farm|
|Spiderwort on front porch|
|Part of the art display|
Spiderworts are so named because the angular leaf arrangement suggests a squatting spider. [I must confess it never suggested that to me, so this explanation came as a revelation.] The flowers open only in the morning [but every morning!]; the petals then wilt and turn to a jelly-like fluid. Each hair on the stamens of this showy spiderwort consists of a chain of thin-walled cells; the hairs are a favorite subject for microscopic examination in biology classes because the flowing cytoplasm and nucleus can be seen easily.
The origin of the name Viper’s Bugloss is uncertain: The resemblance of the nutlets to snake heads may account for “viper,” which may also refer to the dried plant’s use as an alleged remedy for snakebite, while “bugloss” is from the ancient Greek for “ox tongue,” which the plant’s leaves were thought to resemble.
|Northport Youth Sailing School in action|