Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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-3— oaks in the world there were never two exactly alike. All the trees remember John Muir, for he had a real affection and love for them. To him they had their own personalities and individualities, and to ma they also have to this day. He taught me the names of all the wild flowers that grew there, too, and he admonished m to always call thorn by their right names. "For how would you like to be called by a aame that didn't belong to you?" he said. He was especially interested in the great variety of wild orchids that grew on that farm,- the rose pogoaia, the calopogaa, the ladies* tresses, the rose-colored arethusa, and the cypripediams or lady slippers as we called them, pink and yellow, which grew In great profusion ia the meadows* And there was one colony of tall stately pink and white lady slippers which grew ia the deep shady woods by the creek, and which I kept hidden from everyone. My uncle said I must never pick them , for they were very rare in that locality, and must be allowed to grow undisturbed. They grew out of a carpet of mosses aad little ferns by the side of a fallen tree. I had a little wild flower garden in a place whleh I called my own, where grew many varieties of wild violets,- birds-foot yellow ones, several white ones, blue ones, and the beautiful * violets. I also had anemones, hepatioas, bloodroot, valerian, wild geraniums, Jack-la-the-pulpit, aad one pink lady slipper which I. tended with great care aad porsuaded to grow for me. Sometimes my uncle and I brought home something from the woods to ilant in my garden. e>93S? . - '


Portland, Oregon

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