Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wine cups

I went to San Angelo for a couple of days this week and while out walking along some railroad tracks near the art museum, I found wine cups blooming. Much is made of the Texas bluebonnet, but to my thinking, nothing holds a candle to the first appearance of Callirhoe in the spring.

I bought some wine cups last fall at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's annual sale and brought them back to LBB, where I planted them in my front garden. We get other members of the wild mallow family growing around here, but I can't recall seeing wine cups, so I have no idea whether my transplants will survive or bloom. But you know what? If they don't, that will be okay. There need to be some things in life that do not bend to our will, but remain steadfast to their own. It makes them that much more extraordinary.

UPDATE: Just went out to check, and the plants themselves have made it through our rather cold winter, so it remains to be seen whether they'll bloom this year or next.

From the Department of Other News: I'm doing a few local book-signings and in the immediate and near future, so if you're around, come on out and see me:

  • Later today I will be at Lubbock Lake Landmark hosting a nature journaling workshop as part of their 75th Anniversary Extravaganza. I'll also be signing my book, How to Keep a Naturalist's Notebook. 
  • I'll also be part of a public reading and book-signing on campus this week for an anthology I co-edited with Kurt Caswell and Diane Hueter Warner, To Everything on Earth. Kurt, Diane, Joy Kennedy and I will all be reading from our essays. The event will take place March 24th at 7:30, in the Formby Room on campus. 
  • I also have a book-signing scheduled April 9th at 1PM at the Barnes and Noble on Slide Rd. More details as that develops.

Books will be available for purchase at all these events, but if you already have a copy and want to bring it out, I'll be happy to sign it!


  1. Lovely!!! Looking forward to the emergence of the first flowers up here. Will be much more subtle - pussy willows, maples, then the tiny little scilla and some crocus.

    There were signs of green on my south facing slope, now covered by the snow we got overnight.

  2. Wine cups are pretty darned hardy. I grow them here in Zone 5. I agree with you, it does seem weird that more isn't made of them. Maybe because they aren't blue.

  3. Lisa--Spring is coming, sure as you're born. :)

    Barbara--That's encouraging, Barbara. I talked to someone today who said she's seen some planted over at our arboretum, so that's also a good sign. I've got my fingers crossed.

  4. Your wine cups should do very well here in LBB, Susan. Mine have bloomed here for several seasons now. Do watch for spider mites!

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  6. Oh, I'm sure they will survive. I have been pulling out wine cups with tubers the size of large turnips. It was quite a tussle I can assure you. Even the tiny seedling have these little turnip roots. They have seeded all over the place- and in the places I don't need them. Plenty to pass along.

  7. can't wait to see my wine cups in Zone lovely and delicate...


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