Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wildflower Wednesday: Soapwort

I'm pushing the boundaries today but I have a special reason for choosing Soapwort. Maybe it's not so much a wildflower as an old-fashioned flower. And maybe this flower isn't really Soapwort? In doing some research online, the pictures I'm seeing of Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) blooms don't in any way resemble the plant I have! Maybe mine is a double variety or maybe it's something different altogether?

I chose it today because it's pink, which was my daughter Hayley's favorite color in her younger years. 21 years ago today, I met my baby girl for the first time. She's put me through the full gamut of the emotional spectrum over those 21 years and I think she'd agree that our journey together hasn't always been easy for either of us. I think she'd also agree, though, that it's been wonderful and amazing. She's very different than the daughter I always imagined I would have and I am SO glad of it: she's a vastly more interesting and engaging person than I'd ever dreamed. Happy Birthday, Hay-Hay!

Thanks to Gail at Clay and Limestone for hosting Wildflower Wednesday!

3 comments:

Gail said...

It's a good looking pink and I am way curious to see which plant it is!

I hope her birthday was rocking! gail

Cindy, MCOK said...

Thanks, Gail! I hope I can figure out what the heck it is.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, I transplanted a very similar plant from the roadside here in Nova Scotia! I thought I had seen it in one of my gardening books and when I looked it up found it was a double flowering Soapwort. I thought perhaps the many plants had blown into the ditch, but Internet reading mentions it could be a native plant.

I would say yours is certainly Soapwort! Try rubbing the leaves in warm water to see whether you get suds and that should do the trick!