Yellow Toadshade

1 May

Yesterday’s photo: Trillium Luteum (Yellow Toadshade, Wax Trillium, Lemon-scented Trillium, Yellow Trillium):

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Yellow Toadshade. Toadshade? And the ones from the other day, the magenta ones, also Toadshade. Trillium Cuneatum

In today’s paper, this caught my eye.

And I’m wondering–is the magic of a flower diminished by its name? By any name? I’m not sure. Actually, what I’m noticing is not that–but that I’d rather not know its name at all. Because seeing these flowers in the wild was a first. First eyes. First recognition. First meeting. That’s where the magic lies.

4 Responses to “Yellow Toadshade”

  1. grace May 1, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    well, for me, the name makes it even more Grand. Toadshade. How beatiful the
    thought is. I love toads. so much. always have. Their eyes are the eyes of
    persian princes. so..Toadshade. Good to me.


    • Patricia May 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      don’t get me wrong…toadshade is magical in itself…images of plant providing reptilian shade in the summer. but no, the yearning for nameless is something else. i’ve been digging around, off and on, all afternoon, trying to understand what it was i was trying to say about unnamed. and just now it came to me…second line of the Tao Te Ching…

      The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
      The name that can be named is not the eternal name
      The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
      The named is the mother of myriad things

      Thus, constantly free of desire
      One observes its wonders
      Constantly filled with desire
      One observes its manifestations

      These two emerge together but differ in name
      The unity is said to be the mystery
      Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders


  2. Mo Crow May 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    I love the naming of plants both the latin and common names, the whole science of taxonomy, being a horticulturist I understand the plant keys, have a general knowledge of a lot of the plant families and as I have never seen or am even likely to see a Trillium in real life this is a wonderful sharing besides the deep knowing that we are losing species at a greater rate than we are discovering them in this 21stC….



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