I have quite a long list of things to get done before January 9th. Mostly they are quite practical and rational, ya know, nesting-putting-my-house-in-order type of things. But replacing invasive-species Toadflax in the wildflower series was at the top of the list. The Toadflax was one of the first wildflowers I drew and Evan tried to tell me that it was actually a weed and not a Rocky Mountain Wildflower, but I am really quite stubborn and wanted to draw it anyway (it's pretty!). So I did.
Fast forward to two summers ago and everytime we would go to the mountains there would be big posters of Toadflax with a big "x" through it, telling people to KILL it if they saw it.
So whenever I sent off a package to Wild Hands, I quietly left that flower out of the mix.
This is a Wallflower. And it's a wildflower, NOT a weed.