"Simple like an uncarved block."
Tao te Ching

"Like an acorn that holds the promise of a thousand forests."

Sunday, May 23, 2010


This week I was in the mood to look for the pretty little flowers that might get missed in the shadows of the vivid and showy blossoms. These little Bluets are early arrivals to the yard, The clover head may give you a hint to the size of the petite Bluets which actually have a blue shading to the petals.
I'm think these dainty little beauties are called bed straw. Correct me if you know better.

I laid the acorns here to give scale to the Partridge Berries. The two little flowers on each plant become scarlet berries in the fall.

These mild mannered little brownish flowers are the equivalent to a plain caterpillar that becomes a beautiful butterfly. The flowers here are Hearts a bursting and in the fall are garish orange and pink wonders of seed pods. Stay tuned until fall to realize how this shy flower becomes a glorious showgirl.

In keeping with the Little things theme I saw this gathering of fungus that couldn't make up it's mind to be a mushroom and spread itself into little bits and pieces of wild abandon.

My first of the season Stella D'Oro miniature Day Lily is my segue to a few larger plants that I couldn't pass by.

We have been waiting to see the seed leafs appear in anticipation of finally growing a Cotton Plant. It may not look like much to you, but Hubby is thrilled. Now if the Tobacco will show itself, he will be delighted. His Sorghum is sprouting and his childhood farm memories are soon going to be realized.

There is nothing tiny about these Sunflowers but in relationship to their promised 12 feet of growth they might fit my category of small.

I can't help myself, the woods are full of the gorgeous Mountain Laurel and I will close by sharing their beauty with you.

I wonder who else strolled today. If you are curious as well go on over to Aisling's blog and find out.


Aisling said...

I love your tiny woodland flowers. How sweet they all are! I also love the sunflowers, all-in-a-row, and can't wait to see them in bloom!

It is much to breezy here to get good photos, though I've spent hours outdoors on an 88 degree F. day! I may get some photos tonight when we go to the backwoods camp of our friends to have breakfast-for-dinner. It should be less breezy there, and I might be able to get my camera to focus on something!

So glad you strolled. Thank you for sharing!

Cloudhands said...

It is really warm here so taking pictures in the shade was my first choice. Have fun at the backwoods camp evening breakfast.

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

Hello Cloudhands? I enjoyed your stroll looking for all things small.. It's a great reminder that BIG JOYS are many times in small packages... I just came in from sewing my TALL sunflower seeds today. I hope the squirrels will leave the seed alone!

Dandelion Wishes,

Deborah Jeans Dandelion House ~ inspired living said...

I apologize for the question mark after your name! Although, I am curious how you have come by the name I didn't intend to add a quesion mark there!

Is it Native American?

Cloudhands said...

Hello Deborah,
I'm so glad you stopped by and actually commented. I am Aisling's mom and I took my blog name from a movement in Tai Chi called Cloudhands. It is a very graceful movement that I enjoy doing as I practice my Tai Chi.
I wish you good fortune with your Sunflowers and also hope the Squirels don't realize the seeds are in the ground.

Child in Harmony said...

I LOVE looking for the small blooms and tiny area of interest in the natural world. It's easy to miss them if one doesn't slow down and take the *time* to notice.

I've always believed it's the little things that make our lives filled to the brim with joy.

There is a chorus of grey tree frogs out my window as I type. ahh nature!

what kind of sunflowers did you plant?

happy day!

Gilly said...

That Mountain Laurel is beautiful! Never heard of it/seen it before, must Google and find out more!

Its amazing all the tiny flowers are white (or very pale) I imagine that the white will show up their position to pollinating insects?

Cloudhands said...

DH planted Mammoth Russian and we are looking forward to 8-12 foot tall stalks. He is hoping to dry the stalks and possibly using them to build Native American Flutes. He generally uses wood, but has used various other materials over the years from bamboo and pvc pipe. I love to listen to the Peepers (tree frogs) calling back and forth as we sit out and watch the fireflies.

Cloudhands said...

I hope you found a reference on Mountain Laurel. It is lovely and I hope you saw in the picture the curious shape of the buds.
I think you may be right to consider the little white flowers to use their pale color against the greens of leaf and stems to be signals to the insects. At least it sounds good to me.

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