Beneath the Wheel

purple loosestrife

That’s how summer vacations should be! A gentian-blue sky above the hills, one brilliant hot day after the other for weeks on end, punctuated only be brief and violent thundershowers…

Long rows of wooly and majestic mullein displayed themselves along the forest edges; willow catkin and purple loosestrife swayed on their tough slender stalks, bathing entire slopes violet.

Beneath the Wheel, Hermann Hesse

Jenny is a loose woman, full of strife.

-memory aid used by my family to remind them what that purple invasive flower was called.

[Image source: BC Ministry of Forests]


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