A Flower a Day

Collards

Collard greens
Collard greens

This might be the most delicious flower I have featured for a while! The collard greens that overwintered the snow and frost have now flowered and there is a mass of these wonderfully spicy, tasty yellow blooms hanging over that bed. I am still eating the last of the leaves from it. What a giving crop! I couldn’t resist taking this photo and as I wanted a yellow photo for variety today, this one is the choice for you all. A bit of spicy yellow does us all good. Enjoy your week, my friends. A Flower a Day #275  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Columbine

Aquilegia
Aquilegia

When I looked back on my site to see if I had posted other photographs of aquilegia, columbine or Granny’s bonnet, I found that I had, back in 2014. That flower looked so different from this one that I was amazed. Back then when I photographed them, we had dainty pink and white ones, not these strong more than double, almost spikey deep purple blooms. It seems that those delicate, rather pretty things did not survive and all that we have left are these, which I presume are much hardier. They even look strong, a little dirty and almost aggressive, if a flower could be described in that way and make quite a contrast from the gentle ones I have featured lately. It makes a change of colour, at least! I hope you have a lovely day today, my friends. It’s time for another (virtual) hug. A Flower a Day #274  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Pink Apple Blossom

Pink Apple Blossom
Pink Apple Blossom

Okay! I admit it. I am a fruit blossom addict. Show me an apple or other fruit tree or bush with blossoms on it and you will have to drag me and my camera away, kicking and screaming. I think this addiction comes from living for the past 24 years in the Annapolis Valley and, for anyone familiar with this area, this addiction is totally understandable and shared by most of my fellow Nova Scotians. (History lesson alert: Apples played a very big part in the history of this particular area, as they were exported from here to places far and wide. They left this area crossing the ocean to Britain, from a period beginning in 1862 until 1980, originally in huge barrels on ships that drew up to the wharves on what is now nothing but a good size stream. After the war, Britain developed its own apple industry and the export trade gradually declined. But apples and other fruit orchards still have pride of place in our valley and there has been an annual Apple Blossom Festival complete with Queen and princesses, floats and processions and wonderful musical performances every year we have lived here until Covid put a temporary hold on the festivities. We once saw Blue Rodeo perform at one such festival.) So give me a bough of these flowers and my camera and I will be kept busy photographing it for as long as I can get away with. This is by way of warning that this is not the last blossom photograph you will be seeing from me this year. A Flower a Day #273  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Poppy

Poppy
Poppy

I miss having poppies in our garden. They are such glorious blooms, so fragile looking, from their fine green tendrils to their delicate crepe silk-like petals to the beautiful rich centres. We did have some here and they seemed to disappear. Maybe they were pulled up by mistake, but in any case they are gone. This flower I had to photograph on someone else’s property. Fortunately for me they were hanging partly over the ditch next to the road (just down from all the phlox, for anyone who has been following along on my walk) and so I hardly had to trespass at all. This flower seems a little sad, probably as the poppy season was ending. When I looked for them a couple of days ago, they were all finished. Though that is a bit sad, there are so many new lovely flowers following along that I barely have time to regret the finish of one before another is demanding my attention. This is a perfect project for a hyperactive person, one with a lot of energy but still with some focus! A Flower a Day #272  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Thrift

Thrift, Armeria (Maritima or Alpina)
Thrift, Armeria (Maritima or Alpina)

I didn’t know that this little flower, whose name is synonymous with saving money, was featured on the back of the old English threepenny bit coin (threepence) until my research discovered this fact. Apparently this indicates that the coin wasn’t worth much money (it’s an odd denomination anyway, for those of us used to the decimal system) which seems to do a disservice to the lovely flower that is so abundant on this plant. Maybe it refers to the small amount of care it needs, thus thrifty on my gardening time? Whatever the case, it’s a lovely plant full of multi-flowered heads that brightens a corner of the flower bed, the earliest flower to do so. I hope your day is full of lovely things that are great value for the effort you put into them! A Flower a Day #270  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Mauve Honesty

Honesty
Honesty

This is one of those flowers that now cover the verges and banks around here, although when I took this there was (I thought) only one patch, which I had to access by climbing into a ditch. There was a pink one and this mauve one and as I caught this one (or the pink, can’t be sure which it was) I fell up the bank. This was actually better than falling down into the ditch as there were a lot of brambles with thorns and possibly water in the ditch, which I couldn’t see for all the undergrowth. You see what I go through for my project? Okay, you can put your violins away, I am finished with my whining. I hope the complaining hasn’t spoiled any pleasure you might get from viewing this lovely little flower. For those who are not enjoying the intense heat we had yesterday and which is also forecast for today, perhaps this will have a cooling effect with its mauve white colour. Have a lovely day with any obstacles you might encounter being minor ones. A Flower a Day #269  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Garden Sorrel

Garden Sorrel
Garden Sorrel

One of the more surprising of my finds in this project, this garden sorrel is something so common that it is everywhere. Even so, I have never ‘seen’ it. I was looking at this reddish weedy grassy thing all over my neighbour’s unmown lawn and decided to try to photograph it as it seemed to be in flower. It wasn’t until I saw it enlarged on my computer screen that I really appreciated the real beauty of this common plant. My eyesight is not good enough to have noticed all the detail in these, so I really encourage any who can to click to view the gallery and inspect it close up. It is so worth doing. Once again, something common that doesn’t deserve to be taken for granted. A Flower a Day #268  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Blue Anemone

Blue Anemone
Blue Anemone

This beautiful blue anemone looks almost as if it could be in the sea, which is of course, another place you find anemones. I was surprised to learn that the sea anemones were named after the terrestrial flowering plant, rather than the other way round. Sea ones are predatory animals, while this lovely garden specimen is completely innocuous and just brings joy to all. These were photographed in the garden of a friend who has the greenest fingers of anyone I know. I hope her abilities in growing these beautiful flowers, combined with my bringing them to you here makes your day a little richer. Hugs to all, once again. A Flower a Day #267  (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name.:-) )

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Red Maple Flowers

Red Maple Flowers
Red Maple Flowers

Some of the loveliest tree flowers in our garden are the red maple clusters. I waited and waited for these to come out to catch them and then it was so windy… (that handheld wind machine of mine). Now, wind blowing on a flower in the ground is one thing. Wind on a slim tree branch hanging with flowers takes the effect to an extreme! I came back the next day and the next and in the end I managed (after how many photographs?) to get this one, which turned out fairly sharp. I hope you can see why I wanted to share this with you, with its coloured bunches.  A flower a Day #266 (NB while I make every effort to identify the flowers I post, I make no guarantee that the name is correct. It’s about the photograph, not the name. 🙂 ) 

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