After a long day at Penn Dental, feeling seriously mental. So a little saxifrage is probably in order.

saxifrageJust back from a looonnnnnggggg day at Penn Dental. Everything was ok but it just took forever so I was there for a double session, 10-12 and 1-2:30. I still get stellar treatment ever since I wrote a personal email to Penn president Amy Guttman and she got personally involved. My student dentist today said there’ still “several thousand” dollars in your account so I haven’t paid for anyting for years and looks like I won’t for more years. Always first-class treatment for complex problems like mine and I can’t recommend them too highly.
But got up at 4:30, Schuykill Expwy madness both ways, 91 degrees there and I’m one fried cookie. So just trying to download the last few Back Mountain waterfall pics before I go home and wrestle the bedroom AC in, since i think it’s gonna be needed tonight.
So here we have Early, or small leaf, or Virginia Saxifrage, juist starting to blossom. Eventually the flowers will be on an 8 inch or so stem.
Other Common Name: Virginia Saxifrage

Family: Saxifragaceae (saxifrages)
Description: The flowers of early saxifrage arise at the tops of leafless stems (scapes), begin blooming when only 3–4 inches tall, and continue while growing to 1 foot tall. At first, flowers are in tight clusters, becoming looser with time. Each flower has 5 white, pointed petals and 10 stamens. Blooms February–June. Leaves in a basal rosette, fleshy, ovate, narrowing toward the base, with scalloped margins.

Similar species: Texas saxifrage (M. texana) is similar but is more often found in the southwestern part of the Ozarks (southwestern Missouri). It blooms April–May and is most common on sandstone and chert glades. Forbes’s saxifrage (M. pensylvanica var. forbesii) has green, very small flowers, on stalks to 3 feet tall, in wide-spreading clusters. Its basal leaves are up to 8 inches long, ovate, the edges slightly wavy. It blooms April–June and usually grows on moist, north-facing sandstone bluffs in east-central Missouri, from Boone to Lincoln to St. Francois counties. It is rare in our state but usually abundant where encountered.

Size: Height: to about 1 foot.

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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