Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HORTON HEARS A WHO FLOWERS IN BLOOM

For some reason, these don't always appear at the farm each Spring.  Because of that, we love that somehow they are rarer than the other things popping up on a regular basis.  

Dr. Seuss flower?
Sure enough, last weekend, they were in a few patches around the farm.  The first time we ever saw one, the FIRST thing we both said was...



HORTON HEARS A WHO!!!!!!!

The iconic Dr. Seuss character who finds a whole world living on a speck on an awesome looking pink and yellow flower. 

Horton Hears a Who flower
The only thing missing on ours are the striped stems, ha.  They are SO pretty and so unusual, even if it is "just a weed", we love having them around.  

I thought about cutting some to put in a small vase and see how long they last...and maybe we'll just have to start listening a little closer to them.

Hmm, just thought about it, maybe I should try to press some in my flower press? 

32 comments:

Colleen said...

Who ever thought that a clover could be more beautiful.
Thanks for sharing such a lovely photo

Camille Wienhold said...

Wow! Very striking.

Anne in the kitchen said...

That is very pretty. I would have to press some and also put some in a vase.

Mum said...

What wonderful looking flowers.
xx

Anonymous said...

Called Catclaw Sensitivebriar. I can't remember the Latin name. If you touch the leaves, they will close, hence the "sensitive" part of the name. And they have rose-like stickers, only more delicate, so the "catclaw" reference. A very fun plant! I especially love the yellow ends on each pink wand. Enjoy them! Deb

Rain said...

Those flowers are pretty! I love linking things to cartoons, I'm just that way lol! Very cool observation! :)

Elephant's Child said...

Definitely a candidate for the flower press. And a vase. Or two.

FionaG said...

It's very pretty. Is it a small or big flower?

Practical Parsimony said...

That is such a beautiful flower! I want some, weed or not. Maybe you could collect seeds.

mistress maddie said...

Very cool!!!!! I wish I had some here! In a couple days, I'm getting ready to pick some Lily of the Valley to bring in for little bud bases.

Texas Rose said...

They DO look like the flowers in Horton Hears a Who - uncanny the resemblance!

I love these little wildflowers. When we were kids, we called them powder puffs - we’d pick them and lightly rub them on our faces, pretending they were makeup.

Mimosa microphylla - Pink sensitive briar
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=mimi22
Weak, sprawling stems, up to 3 ft. long, are armed with hooked prickles. Bi-pinnately compound leaves, having an airy appearance. The leaflets are sensitive to the touch if one brushes against them or touches them, they immediately fold up against each other, suggesting the name sensitive briar. They also close at night and in cloudy weather. The fragrant flowers look like small pink balls and grow along the stem at varying intervals. They have 4 or 5 sepals, 4 or 5 united petals, 8-10 pink or rose-purple stamens, and 1 pistil. Flower heads occur on stalks from leaf axils. The fruit is a long, slender pod, densely covered with prickles.
Perennial. Bloom Time: April, May, June, July.
Native Habitat: Prairies; ravines; open woods.
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy, dry or well-drained soils.

Marcia said...

Purely charming blossoms. I have never encountered them.

Cathy Mccraw said...

Those are beautiful. Weeds are plants in the wrong place, so i wouldn't consider those weeds if I had them. I let clover and wild onions grow in my grass so my grandkids can pick them and deliver
flowers to me and their mother. Catherine in south MS.

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

How cute!

SmartAlex said...

Oh what fun! Those flowers are a delight

Linda Tallichet said...

Yes they are very pretty - I am still a kid at heart so every time I see one - I press on the leaves and watch them close.

1st Man said...

I know, right? It's SO pretty I person too. Just bright, fuchsia pink with little yellow spots, against the green. Really stunning.

1st Man said...

Thanks, they are eye catching for sure.

1st Man said...

I don't know why I didn't think of it right away but that's on the agenda for this weekend for sure!!!

1st Man said...

Thanks they are so pretty!

1st Man said...

I didn't know that about the leaves, how cool is that! I will "try that" this weekend, ha. The yellow ends make it look otherworldly, ha.

1st Man said...

Ha, great minds, right?!!! We both seem to be quoting animated movies and cartoons all the time, LOL!

1st Man said...

Definitely, I just kick myself for not thinking about it last weekend . I'll hope they are still up this weekend and there WILL be vase versions and some in a press!

1st Man said...

I didn't post that did I? Oops! Yes,they are small, almost exactly the same size as a dandelion, in height and diameter.

1st Man said...

I will have to look into that. They are pretty heck I'd love for them to be all over I would be ok with that, ha.

1st Man said...

Oh Lily of the Valley is SO pretty. One of my faves, I'll have to watch for a post from you about it!! These are definitely unusual.

1st Man said...

I know don't they? I swear it's so uncanny. Heck maybe Dr. Seuss saw one of these somewhere and it inspired him. Or, he just thought "fluffy, fuchsia pink with yellow dots and striped stem, that's too far off from reality and sounds like fantasy". Well other than the stripes on the stem, I think it pretty much came to life, ha.

Thanks for all the info!

1st Man said...

Charming is a neat way to describe it. Yep, they are unusual for sure.

1st Man said...

"weeds are plants int eh wrong place" I will have to remember that saying. I don't mow them or edge them, I just let them be!! Hey, my philosophy is they were there first!

1st Man said...

It sure is. I will cut some this weekend and see if I can get some neat pics.

1st Man said...

That's a neat way to describe them. They are indeed "delightful". Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Well hey there!!!!!!!!!!!! I did not know about the leaves, I am SO going to channel my inner kid and do that this weekend!!! Thanks for stopping by!