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On the Road again...

Posted Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11:09 AM

Enjoying the highway flowers

Whenever I travel, I like to pass the time by looking at the local wildflowers growing alongside the highway.

The BFF and I drove to Atlanta, Texas this week, and I was charmed by the beautiful red flowers clustered around the highway from Arkansas to Texas. I can't imagine why I had never seen them before.

Curiosity finally got the best of me, and I requested that we stop for a closer look. I took a few photos and picked one of the little blooms. Looked like clover, I thought.

Sure enough, the BFF's family confirmed it--red clover, seeded along the highway by the highway department.

My sister, who grew up in Alabama, says that the red clover makes a good ground cover, because it needs very little mowing.

I really LIKE this clover, and I wonder why MoDot doesn't use it on our highways? It would certainly make for a much more interesting trip.

In fact, I wonder if I could get it established on my pond levee?

Next "On the Road" blog--more old, classic car identification.

From Atlanta, Texas, this is your rural Missouri reporter. Madeline, taking a bit of a break!

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I cam believe the roads are beautiful in Texas and Arkansas. The drive is always more pleasant when the view is nice.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Apr 14, 2012, at 3:34 PM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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