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singing in
SIngIng
In the garden
gArden

It's All in the Family
The name daisy comes from "day's eye" because the flower is only
open during the day and closes up at night. ~Wikipedia
Art and text by Ginny Neil
Spring is just around the corner and already I am anticipating the flowers. On my daily drive to work I pass
through upland forest, small wetlands, open pastures
and river bottom. There's a bowl-shaped pond at the top
of the mountain and a rocky outcrop below. Or on my
walks I might pass a shale barren, or meander through
a high mountain meadow, or follow a cold spring-fed
creek. All of these locations support different flowers
whose names I shout happily as they appear.
After I've greeted them, I add the flowers to the running list I sing in my head as spring creeps ever closer:
coltsfoot, bloodroot, trillium, Dutchman's breeches,
Virginia bluebell, trout lily, spring beauty, Jack in the
pulpit, redbud, violet, dogwood. It's an anthem of hope
to my winter-weary soul.
But, while the common names of flowers and other
plants can be descriptive, they can also be deceptive.
Brown-eyed Susan, brown Betty, gloriosa daisy, golden
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Jerusalem, English bull's eye, poor-land daisy, yellow
daisy and yellow ox-eye daisy are all names for what I
call a black-eyed Susan. Trillium is also known as wake
robin, birth root and tri flower. Each name is regional, making it hard to talk about flowers with faraway
friends.
And, as my editor often has to point out to me, common names are also really hard to capitalize. I mess
them up frequently. Usually they are lower case, but as
you can see in my list above, that's not always true.
So, with spring just around the corner, I have set out
to learn the Latin names of my flowery friends. When
I see marsh marigold, I'll say, "Good morning, Caltha
palustrus." And, I'll sing, "Welcome Cypripedium parviflorum," when I see the sweet yellow lady slipper peeking
out from under the winter brown duff.
Some of the scientific names are easy to remember
because they refer to places of origin. Iris virginica (Vir-


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017

Features
Festival Guide 2017
Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
Wytheville Loves Edith
Barry Glick, Garden Guy
Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
Cheese!
Departments
From the Editor
Contributors
Mill Creek Stories
Worth a Click
Creature Feature
The Good Walk
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Singing in the Garden
Festivals & Events
Guest Column
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cover1
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Contributors
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mill Creek Stories
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - The Good Walk
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mountain Report
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Country Roads
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Wytheville Loves Edith
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Barry Glick, Garden Guy
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cheese!
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