Purple Spring

Watch when the tide comes in.  Waves rush up the shore, then fall back.  Every advance is a little higher, but then there is the ebb and momentary lull before the next advance. 

The latter end of spring is like that, forward two steps and back one.  Temperatures have been, by and large, nice – 60s F, occasionally 70s.  Last week, there were a couple of 80s.  Yesterday’s high broke 90, and now it is dipping down to 60 again. I love the cool and know that the hot will be here sooner than I’d like.  The trick is appreciating the good weather whenever I can and as much as possible.

My fallow field and unmowed roadside are flecked with purple now.  Verbena rigida is known by many common names, including slender vervain, tuberous vervain, and sandpaper verbena.    It is a South American plant, more tropical than temperate, but it seems pretty happy in South Georgia, blooming from spring to fall.  It is considered to be invasive in some locales.  However, with pollinators in need, I’m not going to begrudge their presence on my property.

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