May is on the way. Hurray for May, I say. That's when so many of these flowers (that we've been stitching up all these many, many months) finally make an appearance in meadows, fields, and backyard gardens. It's also bloom time for the beautiful Pasque Flower (pulsatilla hirsutissima). This little lovely grows wild throughout South Dakota; one of the first signs of spring there. They are common in most of the U.S. and Canada, but not so much in the south east and east coast regions, but grow as far north as Alaska, so maybe some of you are starting to see them now...these small purple harbingers, living up to its motto "I Lead", which was attributed to it when it was adopted on May 5, 1903. This flower is also known as the May Day flower, the Prairie Crocus, Easter Flower, and Meadow Anenome. But given all that, it actually belongs to the buttercup family--and is highly toxic. My goodness, looks can be deceiving.
COLORS: petals--violet #552; centers--yellow; stems--gray-green #552; letters--smoke gray #645.