I've been feeling a bit nostalgic these past few days--not something I get too often, as a rule. Maybe it's Summertime; the hot, languid days calling back some feelings from long ago. I want to swim on days like these: to get in a pool and feel the cool water and be refreshed! I could see me floating around on a couple of noodles, just relaxing away!
Before becoming a mom, I also used to go on long bike rides on days like these. It always felt good to have the breeze cool me as I rode. On the lonely back roads I'd watch the butterflies flit silently among the flowers which crowded the edges of the road.
The other day my son and I were back on one of those roads. The flowers were there, as they always were.
So I finally learned that my pretty blue flower is actually Chicory. I never knew! Many years ago, I had a chocolate milk substitute, made by a friend's mother who was an early naturalist. She used fresh goat's milk, honey, and ground chicory to make a rich and flavorful drink. It was nothing I was used to, but it tasted pretty good! Trying chicory has crossed my mind over the years as a result. If I dig some up and roast it, I'll let you know!
Also on my rides was another common flower I remembered from childhood. Queen Anne's Lace, a lacy white flower many people probably know. I remember it because when I pulled it up, the leaves looked and the root smelled like carrots--I could not get over how much it smelled like carrots when I was young. Now, come to find out that Queen Anne's Lace and the carrots we eat are both Daucus carota. I knew they were related!
Another of my favorites is the trumpet vine, or trumpet creeper, which grows wild along the back roads here. Sometimes you can see a hummingbird visiting the flowers, poking a tiny beak inside for nectar. I have wanted to grow it at home, but I just read that the vines can cause a rash. I hadn't heard that before--does anyone have any experience with that?
I'd love to attract hummingbirds, but my sensitive skin would probably not handle an irritant vine. I need to find that out before trying to grow it.
Thanks for taking a little walk down memory lane with me!