I went to France

DSC_0332I didn’t make a study of their wildflowers, but I had to notice this one!  I can’t figure out what it is, maybe a kind of lavender?

French produce market

And on another botanical note, I can tell you that in the small town open-air markets and on the sidewalks of Paris, they have splendid produce stands. They look beautiful and everything seems to be perfectly ripe and ready to eat.

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And I can tell you they love wisteria. And lilacs.

Also, we visited the chateau where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life, and here is one of his drawings… we can recognize that he was out in the yard drawing the violets… peonies or roses? fuschia?

Da Vinci flowers

Flowering Grasses — need ID


For now, I have to give up on naming these three. Maybe they are more grass than wildflower, because I’m not finding them in any of my resources.

Mystery purple flowers


Saw this at Elm Bank today but can’t identify it. Ideas, flowerophiles? Maybe it’s not wild and that’s why I can’t find it in the usual places. Look at the pollen on the petals…

Bonus mystery purple flower: some variety of violet with dark leaves, and a spur on the back of the blossom. At Ridge Hill today.