Dave Karnstedt - passing away

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Wed, 30 May 2007 12:39:22 PDT
Before disappearing with the new book, I want to make a few other remarks. 


I was saddened to hear of the death of Dave Karnstedt.  I never met Dave,
but I always enjoyed his postings on topics related to daffodils. 


Life is so unpredictable, and the networks of associations which develop
over time are as intriguing as they are unexpected. I'll associate Dave's
memory with a particular Narcissus which grows in my garden and on which he
commented once in one of his posts. 


But thanks to the information provided by Jim Waddick, I realize now that
there is another unexpected association.


Two years ago I bought a very handsome, hoary gray sedge from a local wild
flower group. The tag read White Bear Sedge, and the foliage left no doubts
about it. A quick glance at the specific epithet, albursina, clinched it:
albursina means "white bear".  As it turns out, however, unless some
botanist was having some punning fun, the appearance of the plant had
nothing to do with the name it received. As I discovered later, after
consulting the Britton & Brown An Illustrated Flora of Northern United
States and Canada, the plant was named for its type locality: White Bear
Lake in Minnesota. 


According to Jim W's post, Dave Karnstedt was a former resident of
Hugo/White Bear Lake. I'll think of Dave when I see that sedge. 


Jim McKenney


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about to open near some gorgeous red Papaver rhoeas. 

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