This week’s prompt for Illustration Friday is “stitch.”
I scratched about in an old album and found a photo I took of a common stitchwort (stellaria holostea) that most be at least 35 years old! This is my quick (because the kittens were “helping”) pen sketch.
It’s a pretty little white spring flower and was, in older times, used as a treatment for the stitch, hence the name. How was it used? I don’t know; probably as a poultice? (Yes, I did Google, but there are so many entries I figure if you’re interested, you’ll look it up yourself!)
Sometimes, it appears to have 10 petals; there are, in fact, only five, but deeply-lobed.
And that’s probably more than you need to know!
The rain has stopped!
But this looks like fun! Who comes up with these things?
Oh! For those who don’t know (and that would be most of the readers of this blog), my sobriquet, Dinahmow, is derived from those not-always-halcyon days of mowing great swathes grass!
At least I don’t suffer the Australian obsession with lawns. (And that’ll pull some indignant comments if any of my neighbours read this!!)
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