Monday, September 22, 2008

Today's Flowers


This has got to be one of the world's ugliest flowers. I have no idea what they are called. I first saw them where I grew up in South Alabama. They grow very low on the ground and they are well...just plain ugly. The other kids always told me "do not touch that flower or you will wet the bed!" I NEVER EVER touched one. I DID NOT want to wet the bed!
I have also seen these flowers growing in Georgia. Last week I found this bunch growing under my blackberry bushes. They are the tallest I've ever seen. Probably 6-8 inches tall and I think these are actually pretty. Can you guess what I did???? Yes, I touched one. Did I wet the bed?? Well......
NO I DIDN'T!!! Now I wonder why kids tell such tales as this. Has anyone else ever heard that these flowers will make you wet the bed?
Luiz is the host of Today's Flowers. Visit here if you'd like to join in and view beautiful flowers from around the world.

58 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have seen this flower in wild flower seed and I am sure someone will be able to tell you what it is. Nice photography. You are an inspiration to me and others.

I have mine up at Canon Pixels. I hope you can see it if you have the time.

krisuh said...

I've never seen those flowers but they seem quite pretty to me.
The first wild flower that comes in the spring from the ground here in Finland is tiny and yellow and really the ugliest flower I've ever seen. :D

Maria said...

Ha, I never wet my bed but I touched every flower I saw.
What cruel things children play!
I should be happy that I am the catholic well-or-over-protected child I am that I was...
No, the first picture is great! Its simply real life!

Luiz Ramos said...

Wet bed!!! Poor wild yellow flower.
Though fathers say it for kidding.

Luiz Ramos said...

Sorry, my other address for Today´s Flowers is:
http://www.ramosforestenvironment.com/

Ida said...

I think it is pretty! :)
Never heard about stories like that.....
People have always been superstitious i suppose....
May be it makes life more exciting... ;)

Sherry said...

I've never heard of this before, but I do think it's pretty! :)
(am glad it didn't make you wet the bed. LOL)

Quiet Paths said...

This was funny! I like how you can combine beauty with humor. Flowers are for sniffing and touching, some might even help you not wet the bed!

fishing guy said...

Dot: Great story, you did make them look beautiful in the second photo.

shutterhappyjenn said...

yellow flowers really give someone a bright day. thanks for brightening the days of anyone who will pass by your blog!

My flower for today is posted here. Please take a look if you have time. Have a great week ahead!

Denise said...

Hi, dot
It was very funny, but the flowers are beautiful wild
hugs, Denise

guild-rez said...

Dot
perhaps one of the daisy plants?
or Autumn Hawkbit - Leontodon autumnalis??
Lovely pictures and quite an interesting story:)
-Cheers.

guild-rez said...

Thanks Dot
for your visit and comment.

Country Girl said...

No, I've never heard of touching something that made you wet the bed! That's funny. But these little yellow flowers are quite pretty.

Deborah Wilson said...

Dot,

I see these flowers all of the time around this time of year. A bunch of them were growing along side of the trail that I hiked yesterday morning.

Never heard that touching a flower will make you wet the bed....

But I know for sure that if you catch someone asleep and slip their fingers into a glass of water, the possiblity of them wetting themselves is near 75%.
lol

:0

Leora said...

What strange things one hears as a child. We take that stuff with us everywhere! I enjoyed this little yellow flower. But I'm not going to touch the screen when it's on.

ellen b said...

Ha! No I never heard a tale like that for sure. Growing up I really don't remember many flowers around my neighborhood.. Maybe just some pansies that left a lasting impression on me...

dulce said...

I never heard that!! and they are so pretty!!!!

DeeMom said...

We have those flowers here, forget the name, but like many wild flowers that frequent some of my beds, I allow them to go on...

West the BED? WOW what kids tell us LOL

Glad it is not true ;)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

LOL, Dot! I don't think they are ugly, at all. Nice photos!

Paz said...

LOL! Beautiful flowers! And I'm glad there was no bed wetting! ;-)

Paz

Carletta said...

I think your last photos are gorgeous!
I hope someone knows that story - sure would like to know where it came from.

PERBS said...

Never saw that flower before. I think it looks like little fans and love the alternating groups of petals between 3 and 5.

Judi~Gmj said...

Funny story and I think they are well not sooo ugly just a little. :)

Norm said...

that's a pretty flowers..very cute and beautiful..

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

You're always a great photographer!
Marvelous takes!

Thanks for visit me!

Santilli

ilanadavita said...

Beautiful yellow flowers.

antigoni said...

It must be a kind of wild daisies. We have a lot of daisies in Greece and we pick them the first day of May and we make wreath for our houses.

evlahos said...

those close ups are fantastic

April said...

Their petals look like butterfly wings - I think they're pretty.

Reader Wil said...

I like these flowers but... I don´t know what they are called. I even don´t know if they grow in Holland! Thanks for the visit.

Alice said...

These yellow flowers are looking so beautiful. I want to see them in my garden.

Marcos Santos said...

They are the beautiful flowers of the field. Just know see them.

RuneE said...

There is no such thing as an ugly flower - and you have just proved it!

Yen said...

I have seen this wild flowers back in my home country countless times. They grow everywhere and they're just beautiful! Nice shots too:) My first time to join with this Meme! I hope you can drop by! Mine is here. Happy TF!~

Rose said...

I kind of like it also...never heard the saying before.

Darla said...

I think they are pretty, glad you didn't wet the bed, would you have told us if you did? LOL Great story!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I have never heard that story, Dot. Bwahaha! Isn't it amazing how kids spread such stories and even more amazing that we believed them?

Lara said...

never heard of such thing :)), but the flowers still look wonderful to me! they are so delicate, and the yellow is beautiful!

Jan said...

I don't know the name, I've never seen the flower. Your post is funny. Isn't amazing how folk tales start/spread?

Tommy v said...

beautiful flowers.

Cris said...

Oh I think they are cute. :-) Have a nice week!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Oh, why do you think they're ugly when you took such a beautiful picture!? :-)

JunieRose2005 said...

Dot,

I don't know this flower....but I think it's pretty!!

LOL- However- I won't take the chance and TOUCH one, if I happen to come across them! I have enough problems as it is! ;)


Junie

Lilli & Nevada said...

That is so funny wetting the bed LOL well i think they are beautiful, something so pretty about yellow flowers, hopefully they didn't stink that would make them ugly for sure.
Nice shot

Dick said...

Haha Dot very funny, didn't they tell you it will take at least a few weeks before........

Deslilas said...

You are too severe.
Those flowers are not ugly.

Daryl said...

Purty .. the center of these reminds me of those little purple flowers .. no idea what either are ...

:-Daryl

Craver Vii said...

Children (10 and under) who touch those nasty things will wet the bed that same night. People 11-20 will wet their bed on the second night; not the first. 21-30 on the third, etc. It would take five days for me, but I know better than to go touching little ugly flowers. Your time is coming, Pal! ;-)

Oh, and hey! That bottom photo is the prettiest picture of an ugly flower I have ever seen!

Shannon said...

Not sure what is is, but I am guessing it is related to the coreopsis. I don't think they are all that ugly.

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Cute little wild flower.
Nice bedwetting story. I'm sure it's made up.

Hildegarde said...

Pretty flower though :-) and yes, your comment was received, thanks !

starnitesky said...

Don't know the name but they have their own beauty.

Gypsy at heart said...

The color is great. I think the individual flowers are very pretty. Maybe the spareness keeps their beauty simple.

arleena said...

Nice yellow.

Malyss said...

They are not the prettiest flowers of the world, but they are not the uglier, they have a beautyful and sunny yellow.
When I was a child, where I grew up, there were old women that knew how to use flowers and plants, to cure people .If one said "don't touch this flowers", we didn't!Maybe one of your little pals had such a grandmother and knew which flowers were dangerous...

Becky and Gary said...

Well, we have those up here too, and I believe them to be Sneezeweed. I posted some on my blog woodynook creations a couple days ago. If you have a minute check it out, and see if it's the same. Let me know.

Marie said...

Beautiful flowers :)

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