A Flower a Day

Texas Sage

Texas Sage

Texas Sage

Well look at that! I skidded right into December without so much as a tip of the hat! I forgot entirely to make us a new gallery for the month, but now it is all done and we can continue into the month without confusion. To make up for it, I am presenting this bright carmine beauty which is, or I should say ‘was’ growing in my wilded patch of garden. It was a surprise to see such a rich coloured red flower and even more so to find that it comes from Texas. The biggest surprise of all, however, is that Texas Sage (one of the Salvias) is not listed anywhere among the packets of seeds I sowed. How did it get there? It will remain a mystery, for now at least, but we can still enjoy its delicate individual blooms that resemble some exotic bird of paradise taking flight, in today’s post. I hope your day contains some delightful anomalies such as this, my friends. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #448

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Silvery Lupine

Silvery Lupine

Silvery Lupine

There have been lupins (lupines) blooming on the roadside on our walk right up until about a week ago. They might still be there, but no doubt looking very sorry for themselves. These are a particularly lovely variety, quite possibly those same ones. They have edible seeds, but they are tiny and the harvesting and processing is laborious. I prefer just to admire their loveliness during the long season when they are in bloom. Hugs to all! (December Gallery will be added here later today.) View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #447

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October Daphne

October Daphne, Sedum

October Daphne, Sedum

I hope you don’t think I randomly draw the flower names out of a hat, when I post my photos, though you might be forgiven, if you do. This photograph was, in fact, taken in September, not October and is being posted in December, so the name seems totally out of sync with the time. However, searching my plant app, this was what was offered to me, so I took it. Leaving the month out, the name seems entirely appropriate, as it reminds me of those tiny crustaceans called daphnia, or water fleas we fed to our tropical fish. They had the same diaphanous bodies. Take a close look if you can at the pretty details in this soft pink. Have a lovely day, my friends. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #446

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Deep Pink Cosmos

Deep Pink Cosmos

Deep Pink Cosmos

From the light we had yesterday in those bright yellow chrysanthemums, today we are enjoying a rich deep pink in our flower. My friend (the one with the border collie who is Joni’s best friend) is expecting her first baby any day now. This lovely Cosmos bloom was growing in her garden, just in between all the pale pink ones (which I shared the other day). This one comes with a hope that everything goes well for your day and a big hug for all of you. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #445

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Florists Chrysanthemum

Florist's Chrysanthemum

Florist’s Chrysanthemum

This beautiful burst of sunshine was nowhere near a florist’s when I photographed it, but growing out in the open at the top of our North ‘Mountain’ in the garden I have mentioned in the past. There is no need to elaborate on such brilliance or take your time up with reading when you can just sit and soak up the rays coming from these flowers. I hope they cheer your November day. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #444

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Tradescantia

Tradescantia

Tradescantia

Who has not had one of these plants in our homes at one time or another? They seemed to be all vigour and leaf and hung over the sides of macrame hanging baskets, falling below the brown jute tassels. Why do I not remember noticing the glorious shades of purple that were there and only recall the white and greens and browns? Why did I never notice the beauty of this simple flower? Maybe the bustle of baby and feeding and nappies and so much to do then, meant that this wonder is reserved for these calmer, more reflective days. To take us all back to the 70’s, some in our memories, some in their imaginations, here is a beautiful, gentle, floral reminder of those days. I guess these are now back in fashion. I know I have that macrame pot holder around here somewhere… Have a fun day, if you can, friends! View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #443

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European Bird Cherry

European Bird Cherry

European Bird Cherry

Now that the cold and storms and even snow has hit our region of the Northern Hemisphere, it is time for a quick visit back to the optimism of Spring. And there is nothing much better to bring us back to that feeling than a little branch of tiny bird cherry blossoms. I don’t remember the exact time or place that I took this, but it was in May when Spring’s bright promise was strong in our hearts. Shut your eyes for a minute and if you can, take yourself back to that feeling. Now hold that for the day. I hope it works! View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #442

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Because a Rose

Because a Rose

Because a Rose

Because a rose is just what we need sometimes to make our day! I do hope that today’s lovely grouping helps to do that for you, especially as there is more than one rose here, so that must be even better, don’t you think? I hope you don’t all get dentist envy when you read this, but once again these flowers were outside of my dentist’s building. As you enter and you see these, if you’re feeling nervous, your spirits are immediately lifted. As you leave (and by then hopefully you know that it wasn’t as bad as you feared) they make you smile with relief. So whether or not you have something you are anxious about today or not, let’s hope these roses have a positive and uplifting effect on your day. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #441

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Mint Flower 21

Mint Flower

Mint Flower

At the very start of this project in 2020, one of my first posts was a share of a mint flower from our garden. It is not too soon to feature this lovely cluster in another. I have always found mint plants terribly invasive, with the leaves looking so bedraggled and untidy at the end of the season, but the benefits of mint far outweigh this slight annoyance. The tea is delicious with all kinds of medicinal uses, no doubt. And today there is this lovely flower spray to highlight yet another plus to this plant. I hope the pluses of your day today far outweigh any negatives! View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #440

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