|"Aquilegia caerulea -- Columbine", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2017|
|Aquilegia saximontana *|
Aquilegia caerulea is an herbaceous perennial plant growing to 20–60 cm tall. The flowers are very variable in color, from pale blue to white, pale yellow and pinkish. Very commonly the flowers are bicolored, with the sepals a different shade to the petals. The five points that stick out further than the petals are all part of the calyx of all the Genus Aquilegia blossoms. Compound, medium green leaves with lobed and deeply-cleft leaflets somewhat suggestive of meadow rue.
The genus name, Aquilegia, comes from the Latin, aquila, which means "eagle" and refers to the spurred petals that are suggestive of an eagle’s talons. The specific epithet, caerulea, comes from the Latin and means "dark blue". The name "columbine", by which most members of the genus are commonly known, is derived from the Latin "columba," meaning "dove," since the upside-down blooms were thought to look like a circle of doves around a fountain.
*By Ghislain118 (AD) http://www.fleurs-des-montagnes.net - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12807657
**Much of the above text was taken from various Internet sources.
SUKI AND SALLIE
|Found this on Facebook and thought immediately of Suki!|
(I added my own cat picture).
A big event coming up this week: Suki's appointment with the vet! Since March 8th is her birthday, I decided that would be a good date for such an appointment. Actually, the last time the vet prescribed Suki's pain medication, she told me that she wanted to see Suki again before prescribing any more of the stuff. So... I finally made an appointment... mainly since I am just about to run out of Suki's medicine! I will let you know how it goes.
As for me, I continue to manage to find ways of keeping the pain from becoming too overwhelming. Thus, one day follows another filled with my distraction techniques, medication and Suki.
I will return with another drawing in a fortnight. Here's hoping the next couple of weeks will be filled with good things for us all.