We first looked at Bluecurls back in March as a remnant of the previous year's growth. I am so thrilled to be able to present it in flower! If I remember correctly, these specimens come from the same general area.
Back in the early Spring post, I mentioned using A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter by Carol Levine for the ID. This book is exquisitely illustrated in pen and ink by Dick Rauh. Here is a short bio on Mr. Rauh. Also note that he writes "The Science of Botanical Art" articles for the ASBA Journal.
In Gretchen's yesterday comment she mentioned squirrel middens, a new term for me. But, it turns out I did have a middens shot in the Nuncketest larder taken just a few days ago. I later left out a big bowl of sunflower seeds--it was soon empty! I think the chipmunks living behind the stone wall cleaned them up.
And speaking of comments, someone recently commented that my "sticky birds" was probably "sticky burrs". A phone call to my sister in Oklahoma proved that correct and left Jean laughing in delight! :-) (See the comments for details.)