A Flower a Day

Dandelion in the Round

Dandelion in the round
Dandelion in the round

A bit of fun for Friday’s Flower a Day – a fisheye view of a dandelion in our garden. When you see the world from this perspective, at least for me, troubles seem to diminish to the size of that tiny house and those little trees in the background. The main thing I am aware of is this common dandelion, head held high on its stalk amidst all of the grasses and wildflowers around it. It seems to shine brighter than the patches of sunlight behind it. May all of your concerns today fade into insignificance for at least a few moments if you can see a bright patch of sunlight or a lovely flower to delight in. And with that wish I send you a warm, loving hug.
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Petunia Patch

Petunia Patch
Petunia Patch

So many of my Flower a Day photographs have reminded my viewers of their mothers and perhaps this will resonate in the same way. My mother had these planted along the drive when I was a child, so I always think of her when I see them. I have never grown them myself, so was pleased to see this display in a friend’s garden in July, spilling over with little petunia flowers of different colours. I hope you all enjoy this petunia patch, today’s post to cheer. This is specially for all going through a tough time.
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Hydrangea Paniculata

Hydrangea Paniculata
Hydrangea Paniculata

We are back in our garden in the summer for today’s Flower a Day. Back in the warm days of dew drops on the flower petals and pale pink light floaty flowers like little butterflies on our hydrangea bush. Although there are plenty of more dramatic flowers, these are some of my favourites as I really prefer the understated and simple. I hope you all have a day with such light and beauty in it somewhere.
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Cabbage

Ornamental cabbage
Ornamental cabbage

Today’s Flower a Day photograph, one I took yesterday, is this beautiful ornamental cabbage! Who would have thought there would still be flowers blooming in Nova Scotia in January? (I know that there are snowdrops or other bulbs coming up in some gardens in the Northern Hemisphere now, but this is, as I said, Nova Scotia, Canada, and we are not anywhere near there yet – our winter has barely begun!) I found this outside a farm shop and it looked absolutely perfect, so intricate and furled and frilled and yet at the same time so…. bold. Bold to be there, outside, in the freezing day looking as lovely as any tropical plant. We may not all be like lilies, orchids or even asters, but we can be just as beautiful as cabbages in our own way. I hope that doesn’t sound too weird, for any who have read this far! Have a wonderful day, filled with your own kind of beauty.
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Sunny Thistle

Colewort, Sun thistle
Colewort, sow thistle

If only so many flowers were not of the Aster family (and so cheering) I would not be having quite so many World Wild Aster Days as I do. I wanted sun for you today. So here it is! I know the name of this plant is a rather ugly sounding one, so I am proposing that we change it to Sun Thistle. This is an edible plant (though I understand a little bitter) and was, once again, photographed along the edge of the road opposite my house. How can you help but like this bright, unassuming little flower that is everywhere in ditches and roadsides, brightening our walks and drives, as well as today’s post! I hope the Monday sun that it brings you cheers if only for a moment, as you go about your day. This is my wish as I get it ready to send out to you. XO
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Milkweed Flowers

Milkweed
Milkweed

Milkweed is a favourite of mine, though I admit that it is really disliked by some as it can be invasive. So why do I love it? Just look at those gorgeous little waxy flowers! And consider the fact that the leaves nourish Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Who wouldn’t love it for that reason alone? Although the caterpillars prefer the less common and not invasive Marsh Milkweed, they will lay their eggs on this variety. I love to watch the progress of the cartoon-like caterpillars as they grow from tiny striped threads into fat munching beauties, before they go into their cocoons to prepare for their life of elegance You can see these little beauties here. So I leave you to appreciate today’s Flower a Day, with all that it has to offer our countryside. Have a wonderful Sunday, all!
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Goldenrod Cluster

Goldenrod Cluster
Canadian Goldenrod cluster

Our fields and ditches would be much duller places in the summer and early autumn months without the glory of the Goldenrod yellow blooming everywhere. Today’s Flower a Day post is dedicated again to this underrated and often overlooked flower (which is NOT responsible for your seasonal allergies). So many of these wild plants brighten our lives in the countryside, so I am delighted to once again feature a favourite of mine. Enjoy this golden beauty along with a hug for all my friends. Enjoy your day, all!
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Blue Violet

Blue African Violet
Blue African Violet

So my violet-thumbed better half is again responsible for growing today’s Flower a Day. It seems a bit lame to call it a blue violet, but as I don’t have a name (another acquisition from the hardware or possibly grocery store, where they don’t bother to name their varieties) this will have to do. Besides, it is a blue African violet. I love the contrast of colours here and how I can almost make smiling faces of the petals as they overlap. Have a happy day, with lots of smiles wherever you see them, my friends.
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Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus, Schlumbergera

Today’s Flower a Day is another that I photographed in a hardware store, next to the bags of potting soil and racks of tools and supplies. Such beauty is only enhanced by the contrast with the rather grubby surrounds and when I walked into the aisle all of the building supplies disappeared for me, eclipsed by this radiance. I hope you are like me and are drawn to this bright happy flower in its drab environment. Looking for and seeing beauty wherever you are makes ugliness fade from view.
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