Silly Saturday: Lost bugs?

I suppose the only thing that’s really silly about this post is my inability to get over my tendency to misinterpret the common name of these flowers whenever I see it in print. It’s Siberian Bugloss, aka Brunnera macrophylla langtrees. The plant really did originate in eastern Siberia, and its common name, of course, has nothing to do with bugs or loss, but rather comes from the Greek bous, a cow’s or bull’s head, and glossa, tongue—and the person who named it saw a resemblance in the plant’s leaves. The delightful  flowers are quite tiny, about a quarter-inch in diameter.
Siberian Bugloss 9433I made this image about two years ago, and by this date, the Bugloss had already been in bloom (though not this fully) for at least a week. It’s been cold here again, and it actually snowed the day before yesterday. The only flowers to dare to blossom so far have been the crocus and the snowdrops. Our daffodils and tulips have produced leaves, but the flower heads-to-be are still shut up tight. There is hope in sight, however, as our temperatures are predicted to be in the 70s on Monday and Tuesday, and nearly 80 on Wednesday. That should move things along nicely.

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5 Responses to Silly Saturday: Lost bugs?

  1. A knowledge of Latin is always handy. Great photo

  2. Mike Powell says:

    I chuckled about your variant of the name and am definitely not above making up my own names for unknown plants, insects, and birds. You need to find the lost bugs (and the late blooming flowers).

    • krikitarts says:

      I’m always happy to get a chuckle. Not only are you also not above a good bit of wordplay, you too thrive on it. May we always continue to see the lighter sides!

  3. Pingback: Bursting Brunnera blossoms | krikitarts

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