The Architecture of Wild Flowers

Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii) 9973s

This herb comes up every year in the border and until tonight I called it a weed. But the umbel of tiny white flowers is actually pretty, delicate and in the shade seems to glow like tiny stars. The flowers turn to barbed seeds in late summer which is why they propagate far and wide but again not too aggressively. They don’t crowd out other plants but manage to squeeze into the mix making for a crowded but still vibrant border.

Nature is to me the ultimate teacher. Here the simplicity of an uncrowded umbel of white flowers exemplifies architecture that nature again and again offers as inspiration for us who try to create something of beauty. What can be more exquisite than this arrangement of Sweet Cicely?


About orlando gustilo

Digital content producer, photographer, writer.
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