Our start on Botany

We decided to study botany this summer. We are going to use the Exploring Creation with Botany book by Apologia as long as we enjoy it. So far so good. We’ve done it two days. We also purchased the Botany Notebooking Journal to go with it. We’ll see how that goes. For the most part, JD Boy will have to narrate and I’ll have to write. He enjoys drawing, so any and every page that has drawing will be up his ally. Not sure if I’ll have him do the scripture copywork or not. As for Zippy, I’m having her write the short answers and narrate the long answers to me and do all the copywork.

If you know us, you might wonder if we’re better off to just learn about flowers and not follow a book. I’m not sure. We enjoyed learning about birds so much and it was a lot more spontaneous even though we were following the challenges on the Outdoor Hour Challenges. I guess this is my reserve on this book. But it does give lots of ideas for outdoor activities, so we’re going to give it a try and I’ll let you know if we love it or not.

With all that said, my husband took the kids on a flower quest walk, which started off our botany journey. My children just love going to find what they can find. He took the camera to see what wildflowers they could find. I don’t know if this got the kids excited about studying botany, but it made me excited. Although, I enjoyed the pictures not the walk, because it’s when I had the flu and I sat in the car. I did my part though–I identified the flowers. I’m not a pro at identifying flowers, but I’m going to learn how to do it. Maybe you get the idea, that I was the one that wanted to learn botany.

Here’s what we found.

Mullein Pink -- Lychnis coronaria

Mullein Pink  Lychnis coronaria

Foxglove -- Digitalis

(Purple) Foxglove Digitalis

Foxglove -- Digitalis

(White) Foxglove Digitalis

Foxglove -- Digitalis

Foxglove Digitalis   A wide shot for perspective

Shasta Daisy -- Leucanthemum x superbum

Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum x superbum

I hope we identified this flower correctly. It is a bit hard to tell the difference between this and the Oxeye Daisy, but this one stunk and that was the identifying difference. The Shasta does grow wild west of the Cascades, which includes our area.

Oxeye Daisy -- Leucanthemum vulgare

Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum x superbum   A wide shot for perspective.

Well, we enjoyed the flowers. Now to see how we enjoy the botany!

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