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PAGE 10 - The Perkin Journal A, | Thursday, June 7, The Natural Way Dr. Jeff Black Professor of Biology Oklahoma Baptist University Sam the cockatoo and I worked in the yard this weekend putting the finishing touches on part of a new wooden fence. Sam enjoys playing with nails, digging holes in the ground and getting in the way. The crazy bird throws dirt in all direc- tions with his hind feet and then hides his head in the hole he has dug. I sometimes wonder ii he doesn't think he is an ostrich and is trying to bury his head in the sand. I lost sight of him for a few minutes and then saw his tail sticking out of a posthole I had finished digging. He spent over an hour hiding or doing something in "the posthole. Judith sug- gested I put the post in the hole on top of him. Sam is not her favorite bird in the yard as he loves to creep up and bite her toes. I call him my "watchbird" as he at- tacks nearly anyone that gets near me. We have a flowerbed on the north side of the yard that contains wildflowers from around Oklahoma. It has trilliums from the southeast, columbine from the Ozarks and a variety of other plants we have transplanted over the years. One of our favorites is Spiderwort or Ohio Spiderwort The blooms of this plant are starting to show up along our roadsides in central Oklahoma. The leaves are thick, 8 to 12 inches long and narrow. Each flower contains three similar petals ranging in color from light blue to rose-violet. Spiderwort goes by the scientific name of Tradescantia ohiemis. It was named in ~honor of John Tradescant, gar- dener to Charles I of England, who assembled a large number of plants and published his research on them in 1658. The other part of the scientific name, ohiemis, indicates this plant was collected and described from Ohio. "Spider" in the common name of Spiderwort enters the pic- ture if one breaks the stems of this plant and pulls them apart. There is a thick mucilaginous {glue-like) slime (sap) in the stems that can be drawn out into thin threads resembling spider webs. "Wort" means "herb" or "root." Ano- ther colorful name, "cowslobbers," has been given this plant, also because of the stringy mucilaginous sap in the stems. Spiderwort is frequent- ly found growing in clumps in sunny locations in open woods, prairies, along roadsides and on disturbed sandy soils of fields. The attractive flowers can be observed in Oklahoma from May to August. We have found that this plant responds well to cultivation. Our spiderworts can be counted upon to flower year after year and in- crease in numbers in the flowerbeds. And best of all, this plant is adapted to Oklahoma's climate and needs little care. The leaves and stems of Spiderwort can be cut up and used as a tasty addi- tion to a wild salad. It is also good fixed along or with other greens. Just boil it in salt water for a few minutes and coat it 1984 with butter. It does not need to be cooked long. A second flowering plant that is creating a carpet of blue along many of our highways, fields and yards is Prairie Blue- eyed Grass {Shyrinchium campeatre). The common name Blue-eyed Grass is attractive for this plant, but not accurate. Blue- eyed Grass is not a grass and the flowers range from white to dark blue and the center of the flower is often yellow. Blue-eyed Grass is a prairie growing cousin of our domestic irises. Botanists in Kansas have suggested that it be call- ed "Prairie grass-irid" which would describe its habitat in the prairie, its grasslike appearance and close relationship with irises. Before they flower, these little plants look like clumps of grass when they appear in your yard. They have narrow grasslike leaves that may reach two feet in height but are usually much shorter. Each flower is made up of six sharp- pointed petals that are light to dark blue. The flower stem is flat and two-sided. A ,white- flowered form and an even rarer yellow-flowered form may occasionally show up in Oklahoma. This is another wildflower that can be transplanted to gardens or grown from seed. Under cultivation they will bloom beyond their seasonal limits and make an attractive addition to any garden. Spiderwort and our native iris known as Blue- eyed Grass are in full bloom in central Oklahoma. Watch for them on your next drive, you won't be disappointed. -O- 1 19 A'BTI.'NI~-,1,I!MNI Mu.:E'I Ni; I) \ \ I':\ I'()I{T l i!t ;it I t'lllllql flu' HIIIIII;II ('h;lilllh'l Ili~:h ~l h,.,I ;ihlllil|i ll;ll|{llll,I / # / i I THINKING IT OVER Ill BY Zola Sample June is generally a month of gay delight when all things are sup- posed to turn out right. It's great for wedding couples to set the date. Bridal announcements fill the pages of newspapers after the graduation siege of photos. It is a time of love and joy. The atmosphere is generally exciting with roses blooming and loving couples enjoying the late twilight. Roses bloom late, honeysuckles per- fume the air while doves whisper in the treetops near. Contentment spreads throughout the entire area. Even workmen from the fields relax and sprall on the yard grass near. In the fields the corn is laid by, most in roasting ear stage and spring chickens grown are ready to fry. Meals are spread from garden vegetables tantalize everyone's ap- petite. It is a great time for the farmer's wife, or any housewife to enjoy preparing their meals. Even though one knows with the month of June the year is half spent, they rush about to fill the long daylight hours with pleasurable tasks, resting now and then at short in- tervals to admire the greenery which surrounds all the area about. For so they should in this part of the country for July and August may bring the dreaded heat and drouth that sometimes and often follows. June is a month for rejoicing, happiness and trust. In June most public schools are out. Young children have a chance to enjoy themselves, relax and soak up sunshine. Some take to the swimm- ing pools where danger lurks if they are not pro- perly supervised. Swimm- ing is good exercise for those who can take care of themselves but even then caution must be taken. Some enjoy the early mor- ning hours at public libraries. Reading habits are good to form in this way as most librarians make the occasion an in- teresting one. Parents can encourage this habit and later will be happy that they did. Besides this habit may correct many future mishaps of leisure hours spent by the child in other dimensions of future living. To learn and enjoy reading is a great pleasure enjoyed by all ages. There are twenty- six million people, accor- ding to a radio announce- ment, in this nation who cannot read or write. They cannot check their child's grade card or help them with their homework. It is not only a tragedy but a shame this day and age when so much money is spent for educational purposes. It is not too late at any age to go back to school. Picnics and outdoor outings are greatly en- joyed on weekends: weiner roasts in late even- ing for the young fry are great. Horseshoes used to be a great sport along with croquet in the cool o! the evening while waiting for others to prepare a 21st CENTURY CENTER BAND--The homemade freezer of high school musicians recently performed! wholesome ice cream tostate honor band during grot top off the evening. June for Oklahoma State University's 21st is a great month if nofor Agriculture and Renewable tragedy or accident oc- $30 million research and education curs. Beware of many pleted in early 1987. Shown with Music hazardous things that can Montemurro (left) and OSU Band Direct~ dampen and mar the en-Kastendieck (right) is Craig Fitzgerald tire group on an outing. High School. Students from 37 high -o- participated. 99 The spotlight is on Perkins in the forthcom- ing issue of True West, a national magazine with over 100,000 circulation. "This is Perkins, Oklahoma!" by True West editor Jim Dullenty, details Perkins' history from the time before the white man through its early days as the town of "Cimarron" and right up to the present. An impressive array of rare old photos and several modern pictures of Perkins are featured in the article, which describes Perkins, "on the banks of the fabled Cimarron river in the heart of Oklahoma," as the perfect setting for True West Magazine. Perkins is the new home of True West and its sister publications Old West and Hunter's Fron- tier Times. Evans Publications of Perkins recently purchased the trio of western history periodicals from Krause Publications in Iola, Wisconsin. "A Look I~side True West" accompanies the Perkins story. It describes the magazines' used to modern editorial offices and half-million issue The Se storage area located just West two miles north of about Perkins Perkins on Highway 177.fascinating vl "Inside True West" alsoother stories introduces the Western American Publications staff to the available at national readership andnewsstands reveals how the latest in Perkins computer technology is starting June 211, BITE FOR "l'il()(ll}l,l': I'I':IIIIY Mr. mid Mrs. ,\ll.,rl Mickinh sa~' a I)U I'St' fly fl'iHll ;I CHI'. Ihrowll hv ;I lilth, girl. They slol)i)e(I, and rt'lurll- od Ihl' l)ur,~e l(I a llomv idl'lil itit'd ill Iht' liul'no. \o IIIll' VIIN hl)lll(', hul ii NIIIIIII Ihit~ ran lip alid hil Mi'~. Micki~h Oll Ihe ililkh'. Ihdice ('lilill' mill ililtllltllill- I'll lhl' (h)~. ('IUlIISTIANS ()B~EliVE 80Tll ANNIVERSAliY M () I~ 1~ I ,'-:,() N The ~(ilh ;uuiivi,rsary ot ihl, M ~)l'li ~,llli ('hris| iall (']lllrl'h vl'ils olisi.rvt.(I wil h ~i hollll.comilil~ i,Vplil SUliilIi,V. 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