Dear Miss Manners,
When do you call a vase, a VAHZ?
Dear Gentle Reader,
When you put DAH-ZIES in it.
This is one of our all-time favorite summer books, A Child's Book of Wildflowers by M.A. Kelly, illustrated by Joyce Powzyk.
A note from the author:
One of the difficulties in writing about wildflowers is that the same name is often used for different species of the same genus of plants. For example, "violet" is the common name for over seventy plants. More confusion is created when the same plant is known by other names in various parts of the country. Thus a flower is called bouncing Bet in one area and soapwort in another.
Wildflowers just don't lend themselves to strict categories. They are after all, wild!
Aren't these watercolor illustrations gorgeous? Why oh why didn't I stick with those art classes...??!
Tasha Tudor constructing a wildflower wreath...a wonderful summer past time! Daisies especially don't wilt quickly and can stay fresh in water for almost two weeks...perhaps this is what is meant by "fresh as a daisy!"