17 June, 2009

WILDflowers?

By definition a wildflower is just that, wild; a flower growing uncultivated in it's natural space.
The state of North Carolina has in place a State Wildflower Program to beautify the interstate highways. The flowers bloom all spring and summer and make the drive a pretty one, wherever you're traveling to or from. The Program is funded with revenue collected from the sale of personalized license plates. This is all good, don't get me wrong, but I have a question: if they're planted, en masse, along I-40 are they still wildflowers? Just wondering...

Life is Good!

10 comments:

quiltkeemosabe said...

The other question I have is why do they have to put signs up in the middle of the wildflowers that say "Enhancement" (do we really have to be told that?) and how much do those signs cost????

*karendianne. said...

I hear Kyle is located in the State with some proud wildflowers as well. Perhaps a drive is in order?

Ancestor Collector said...

Maybe "wild" isn't being used to mean uncultivated, maybe it's being used as in "wild and crazy"!! ;-) Either way, it's really pretty.

Domestic Designer said...

Good question. I just think they are pretty! We have the same thing here in my home state! Have a good day!

lov said...

maybe they don't know exactly what they are planting...
or maybe they don't know how many they are planting
or maybe they have big huge wild parties....
all of which would make them wild, right??

Maria said...

We just finished a 3 week, 5,000 mile RV trip and intersected North Carolina twice. We noticed all the gorgeous flowers! The ones that surprised us were the daylilies. They're definitely not wildflowers. They have to be intentionally planted. Anyway, we totally enjoyed the flowers and it's nice to know the background behind them.

Mimi said...

Wild or not, wildflowers are so whimsical and pretty.

Hugs

Patchwork Penguin said...

LOL....... very good question. My thoughts are if it makes the travel day a little brighter, go with it!

Hugs,

Nancy

AnnieO said...

Semantics, semantics, I guess. My view is they should call them "native" flowers--that would make a bit more sense! I have often thought I should harvest my California poppies of their seeds and scatter them about in bare spots around town...:)

Nan said...

The program is a good one, but I don't think they're 'wild'flowers when they're not growing wild. Maybe after the initial planting, and they continue to grow by leaps and bounds each year - I would say the flowers live up to their name of 'wild' then. Right? Oh, I'm confused now......LOL
Anyhoo, they're very pretty!