Poppies and Wildflowers

Listen to the podcast above while you make the online jigsaw puzzle below.

How to Make An Online Jigsaw Puzzle
1. Click on the Ghost Icon to make your workspace.
2. If the puzzle is already complete, click on the Work Icon and select scatter pieces.
3. Click and drag your pieces where you want them.
4. Mouse over a piece and use your mouse roller or your arrow keys to rotate the piece.
5. Click on Image to see the picture better.
6. Use the Full Screen Function to make it easier.

This jigsaw puzzle image features desert wildflowers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southwest Arizona. Photo courtesy of NPS.

Jigsaw Puzzle: Wildflower Destinations

A quick entry of “wildflower destinations” on the internet will bring up so many sites that your first reaction might be “so many destinations and so little time”. The good news is that no matter where you live in the US you can be sure that there are wildflower destinations that are near you.

Did you know that a native plant in Kentucky saved the wine industry in France?

Or did you know that 40 percent of the medicines that we use today are thanks to native plants and wildflowers and as far back as the first century, Pliny, the Elder wrote an encyclopedia describing wildflowers and their use in medicine?

Or how about that native plants growing freely in the eastern woodlands can kill you if any part of this so called, “wild flower of death” is ingested? No joke!! Stay away from the water hemlock or any of the hemlock family of wildflowers. The Poison Hemlock which is a close relative was made famous by the execution of Socrates in ancient Greece.

Or the famous and lovely pink state flower of Massachusetts named by the Pilgrims when they landed in Plymouth after their ship the Mayflower?

How about the lovely blue Forget Me Not? Legend says that a medieval knight was picnicking on the banks of the Danube with his lady love. Seeing wildflowers on the bank of the river he went down to pick some for his lover when tragedy struck. A sudden flash flood pulled the knight into the river. As he was being swept away he threw the bouquet of the lovely blue flowers that he had picked to his lady on the bank and said the three  immortal words: Forget me not.

So as you enjoy seeing the lovely wild flowers around you think of all the stories they have to tell. There is far more than meets the eye.