Right now in the Arkansas Delta, the color purple is putting on a show. Fields are dressed and ready for an early spring, the color explosion proof that the soil is warming to the point of supporting blooms. This particular bloom, common henbit, looks anything but common when it blankets an entire field. It has a fancy name, Lamium Amplexicaul. Yes, henbit is a weed, but I’ve always been fond of it. And I’ve never really understood why we don’t consider it vase-worthy.
From the roadside, fields of henbit resemble Oregon lavender fields. Or a Monet painting hanging somewhere far from the Delta.
No doubt Monet’s Champ d’avoine is a stunning work of art, but Arkansas Delta in Purple is pretty breathtaking too.
Don’t you agree?
Maybe someday I’ll see Monet’s Meadow in Giverny and wander the banks of the River Seine on a perfect spring day.
But for now, I’ll continue to admire the area surrounding the River Mississippi, so fetching in purple—the star of the show without being aware.
Without having a care.
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple
in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Star of the Show, Thomas Rhett