Houndstongue: Yearning for Spring

houndstounge unfurling
Yearning for Spring
Houndstongue has begun unfurling in the hills.
Named for its fuzzy leaves,
it has beautiful flowers similar to Forget-me-nots..
Sometimes folk are too literal when bestowing labels.
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  • Hounds tongue is a fine name, I can accept that, but as a child I knew them as Blue Bells. But, Of course it doesn’t make any difference what the local name was because we were always wrong. And in most cases we really were wrong, but it doesn’t make having to change the name of things any easier. Very nice photo, I can hardly wait to see the Flowers!

  • Have you seen any Indian Warrior yet?

  • Have you seen any Indian Warrior yet?

  • I hate the name Houndstongue. It’s so ugly and these are so beautiful. I used to call them Confederates because the blooms start out Union blue and fade to gray.

    No, I haven’t seen any Indian Warriors but I did see my first flower, Milkmaid!!!! Yay!! I’ll post it tomorrow.

  • I hate the name Houndstongue. It’s so ugly and these are so beautiful. I used to call them Confederates because the blooms start out Union blue and fade to gray.

    No, I haven’t seen any Indian Warriors but I did see my first flower, Milkmaid!!!! Yay!! I’ll post it tomorrow.

  • Gorgeous photo, Kym. Thanks for reminding me to watch for signs of spring!

  • Gorgeous photo, Kym. Thanks for reminding me to watch for signs of spring!

  • Thanks, I know it isn’t flashy but it’s my new favorite. Probably because it reminds me Spring is coming with those leaves almost trembling they are straining so hard to reach the sun.

  • Thanks, I know it isn’t flashy but it’s my new favorite. Probably because it reminds me Spring is coming with those leaves almost trembling they are straining so hard to reach the sun.

  • I should have daffodils blooming in the next few days. There are lots and lots of buds everywhere but no color yet.

  • I should have daffodils blooming in the next few days. There are lots and lots of buds everywhere but no color yet.

  • My daffodils are up tall and have buds, (in spite of that snow a couple of weeks ago) but aren’t blooming yet either. Spring can’t be too far away!

    I don’t care much for the name houndstongue, either.

  • My daffodils are up tall and have buds, (in spite of that snow a couple of weeks ago) but aren’t blooming yet either. Spring can’t be too far away!

    I don’t care much for the name houndstongue, either.

  • Summer is around the corner then? Pitchers and catchers report!

  • Summer is around the corner then? Pitchers and catchers report!

  • I can’t wait for your daffodils Mom. Your yard is beautiful with them.

    Aunt Jackie, Wait til I show you the flowers in a couple of months. You’ll like the name even less.

    Richard, I’ve only been reading your blog a couple of months. Please tell me that you and Bob Flame aren’t going to spend all Spring talking about white balls and brown bats…I never have been a fan since I was 4 and got whacked by ball.

  • I can’t wait for your daffodils Mom. Your yard is beautiful with them.

    Aunt Jackie, Wait til I show you the flowers in a couple of months. You’ll like the name even less.

    Richard, I’ve only been reading your blog a couple of months. Please tell me that you and Bob Flame aren’t going to spend all Spring talking about white balls and brown bats…I never have been a fan since I was 4 and got whacked by ball.

  • Thanks for the photo and the reminder to look for those fuzzy leaves soon where we are; I think I’ll start calling them blue bells this year! I hope you’ll post the flowers when they come out. They look almost candied when they’re frosty blue; much too pretty for a name that sounds like something from a witch’s cupboard…

  • Thanks for the photo and the reminder to look for those fuzzy leaves soon where we are; I think I’ll start calling them blue bells this year! I hope you’ll post the flowers when they come out. They look almost candied when they’re frosty blue; much too pretty for a name that sounds like something from a witch’s cupboard…

  • I’ve often thought that about Houndstongue having “candied” flowers! Now I know I’m not the only one.

  • I’ve often thought that about Houndstongue having “candied” flowers! Now I know I’m not the only one.

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