Mostly Wordless Wednesday: April Flowers

First, an apology. Between tax time and birthday season and spring break, it’s been a while since I have had time to check in here at Caterpickles. I’m sorry to have neglected you curious folks. Rest assured I’ve been regularly pelted with questions in my absence and am further behind than ever. At this rate, I’ll still be answering questions my daughter asked in elementary school after she graduates from high school.

This past weekend, we found ourselves tooling around one of the outdoor malls in our new neighborhood. It being April in California, there were lots of flowers around, one of which I actually knew the name of. Can you guess which one?

A collection of flowers from our recent trip to a Bay Area mall. (Photos: Shala Howell)

Yeah. The pansy. The rest of them I had to look up. I think the purple one is a cineraria while the others are very pretty and very tall.

To make matters worse, I’m terrible at identifying flowers using Google searches and image results. So, if you know what you’re looking at, please leave a comment and tell me. I’d love to know what these are.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to Mostly Wordless Wednesday: April Flowers

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    Glad you’re back!


    • Shala Howell says:

      Thanks! It’s been such a challenge sorting out a productive work schedule here. Much harder than in past moves. California is really distracting. I haven’t given up though.


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