"It's vetch. And it's a weed," my farmer informed me.
Well, OK. But it's not a weed when it's in the ditch, is it? While the "pretty purple flowers" were blooming, Randy teased me when we'd see large patches of it.
But I still think it's pretty ... even if it is a weed. I must agree with A.A. Milne:
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”
― William Blake
On our 4th of July trip, I saw more purple flowers, but they weren't vetch.
It's called wooly verbena.
"All Things Bright and Beautiful," one of my favorites from childhood that I still love today. (More photo illustrations for the hymn are found at that link.)
All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens
Each little bird that sings
God made their glowing colors
And made their tiny wings.
It's a good way to start a hot and busy fair week, don't you think?
From Guideposts daily email devotional