|BOUNCING BET AT THE BEACH...|
|RECEPTACLE ENLARGED, LEAVES OPPOSITE|
Wednesday, 8:00 AM. 69 degrees F at the ferry dock, 65 0n the back porch. Sky overcast. Wind variable and mostly calm, humidity 88%, barometer 27.78", steady at present. High around 80 today, then cooling, with a chance of rain on the weekend.
Bouncing bet, Saponaria officinalis, in the Chickweed Family (Caryophyllaceae), is a European garden escapee that naturalizes along roadsides and other places. It has five white notched petals tinged with pink or sometimes all pink. Another common name is soapwort, since its sap mixed with water lathers into a gentle soap.