when, instead of planting bluegrass that requires irrigation and a lawnmower and fertilizer and weedkiller, you encourage your yard to do what it adapted to on the foothill of the mountain, you find, as i did this morning, an array of wildflowers.

top row: yellow composites

second row down: red penstemons and sweet vetch

third row: wild roses and the very first open blossom of Palmer’s penstemon

fourth row: goat’s beard and flax

fifth row: paintbrush and bluebells

sixth row: death camas (the white flower) and blue penstemon

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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3 Responses to wildflowers

  1. roughghosts says:

    I just listened to a special program on the radio about lawns (it’s a holiday weekend here, the traditional launch of summer and almost always wet and cold). In the city a lawn like yours would not be greeted gladly. Mine faces north and bears five 60-foot spruce trees, so precious little lawn like survives. I find it a relief, mowing is rarely required. The back yard, south facing, is another matter…


    • Scott Abbott says:

      the spruce trees must be magnificent.
      did i ever ask you whether you knew david albahari when he was living in calgary?
      he’s one of my favorite authors and a friend of my friend zarko radakovic.


      • roughghosts says:

        No, I don’t know any authors and precious few people that even read here. I did pick up Globetrotter some time ago by chance, but for years now my reading inspiration/ community/contact has come from online spaces and he likely would not have been on my radar. The one blessing of suddenly finding myself on leave from work has been the opportunity to expand my reading and focus on writing. Won’t last forever though, sadly.


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