Last year you might remember that I posted about this lovely book called Wild Flowers Every Child Should Know by Frederic William Stack. Found for $6.00 at a Rare and Used Bookstore in town, I purchased it for mostly emotional reasons. During my childhood years I had a grandmother and mother who adored wildflowers! I can remember a lesson my grandmother taught me when I was very young. After collecting a variety of wildflowers in the field we came home where she taught me all the names of each flower part and then helped me to draw them on an art pad. A flower press was usually taken with us on family trips to the mountains. Sometimes we would take a drive up Mill Creek to gather wildflower plants and mosses so we could help Mom make hanging baskets or terrariums so we could enjoy nature's beauty at home. But I digress. This wildflower book contains text, photos in color and in black and white, and a beautiful title page photograph in color of small children picking wildflowers in a meadow. I was happy to find pressed wildflowers between some of the pages; wildflowers that some previous owner of the book had placed their to press and dry. This book was written by Mr. Stack, a field collector o the Museums of Scientific Section of Vassar Brothers Institute and of Natural History at Vassar College for his boy, "Sunny Jim", whose interest in wild flowers prompted the purpose and this volume.
The watercolor sketches were some my sister and I found in one of our mother's art pads. Mom was always eager for spring and sometimes would sketch and color her favorite spring flowers in her journal or art pad during the cold winter months. The grass widow was always one of the first wildflowers to bloom in our valley and was a sure sign that spring was here! And the yellow violets were not far behind, blooming in abundance and showing their cheerful faces throughout the woodlands. Sis and I have taken these simple sketches and made them into post cards that we can share with friends.
Be sure to stop by Elizabeth Joy's blog for a listing of other Wildflowers in Winter participants. They have been posting many interesting posts in this theme.