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Looking Closer

By Vickilane

Looking Closer

Carolina Geranium/Carolina Cranesbill?

Yesterday morning I weeded till the heat drove me inside. I was stuck by how pretty the tiny (smaller than my little fingernail) weed flowers are. And I realized I wasn't sure of some of the names of these plants I've pulled up year after year.  The picture above, for example. A Google search tells me it's (probably) Carolina Geranium or Carolina Cranesbill.  But is it really?

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Creeping Charlie/Ground Ivy
I'm reasonably sure about these next two . . .


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Chickweed

Chickweed is abundant. And nice in salads when it's young. But by the time it flowers, it's no longer young.

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Yellow Wood Sorrel/Oxalis
In the past I've tended to think of this yellow one as clover because of the shape of the leaves. Wrong! Yellow Clover has a flower that looks like (surprise) clover. This is Oxalis -- like shamrocks.


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This little blue bloomer has me stumped -- I can't find it in my wild flower book, nor on Mr. Google. Maybe one of you can identify it.

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Smartweed
I think this pink one is indeed Smartweed -- at least that's what a neighbor called it years ago.  
And the one below is Blue-eyed Grass -- which is actually a tiny, tiny wild iris. And it's really blue--I photographed it when the sun was on it and the color is washed out. "Never mind," I thought when I saw the picture on my laptop, "I'll go out later when the sun is off that area and get a better picture." 
But I'd forgotten that the little flowers close in the afternoon. So you'll just have to imagine a rich, clear blue. The Blue-eyed Grass is non-invasive and rare enough that I don't pull it up. But the others, pretty flowers and all, got pulled up and set aside to enrich the chickens' diet. I know there'll be more. It was nice to spend a morning outside, looking close and paying attention. Balm for the soul in these perilous and contentious times. 


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Blue-eyed Grass



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