Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Aug. 23, 2006)
Gaillardia pulchella Indian blanket fights for
The horse ranch and granaries stood ghostly silent against a dark, gray brooding
sky. Overgrown fields and abandoned stalls whispered tales of riders long ago.
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|Gaillardia pulchella, commonly
known as Indian blanket flower, is found from Virginia to Florida and
westward to Colorado and New Mexico extending south into
Memories seemed suspended like worn, barn wood placards speaking of distant, sunny
days and warm, moist horse breath on cold winter mornings. One long discarded
riding boot lay upon the ground.
Vines grew in and out of the lacing holes and curled circular around the heel. As
the sun arose in the sky, bales of damp hay steamed with thick aroma.
Sunflowers towered 6 feet into the sky almost obliterating lines upon lines of
broken-down fences and Indian Blanket flowers burst in shades of orange along
curving pathways. An old chair peeked out from the cover of blue plumbago, as the
pages from a tattered Frye boot catalog turned with a sudden breezy uplift.
In every direction I turned it was apparent that nature was determined to return,
survive and melt into this once lively landscape.
It is certain that all things change. What isnt certain is how these changes
will take place and what will be the eventual outcome. Îf we envision that we
may not be the only living beings in our solar system, our universe
could one abandoned ranch effect anything beyond the bumblebee casually gathering
pollen from a sunflower?
But if one looks beyond the immediate horizon, the big, yellow C.A.T. machines
await in tidy rows. The oak hammocks are ribboned off with yellow caution tape.
Six months from now a child will play on this same land with never a thought or
memory of horse breathe and orange Indian blanket flowers. Paved roads will lead in
and paved roads will lead out. A mall will spring up as if pushed up from under the
earth: a gas station, a mini mart, a new school. And if we were to suddenly abandon
these newest landscape changes, what of the earth?
Turning away from the machines, I touch the petals of a bright yellow sunflower
and gently smile
back to nature.
Gaillardia pulchella, commonly known as blanket flower or Indian blanket is a
daisy-like native plant of North America. The bright flowers are multicolored in
oranges, reds, and yellows. The leaves are soft and hairy. Gaillardia tolerates
sandy soil, full sun and salty environments. Hardiness: Zones 8 to 10 Gaillardia is
a perennial. This plant is an excellent addition to any garden and may be
propagated easily from seed. Gaillardias should be divided and replanted every two
or three seasons.
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