A Flower a Day

Red Hydrangea

Red Hydrangea

Red Hydrangea

This unusual colour of hydrangea makes a real change from the usual blues, pinks and creams. I wonder what in the soil gives this colour? Or is it something in the genetics, or both together? We have all seen unusually coloured flowers being sold in commercial settings and then found out that they were that colour because of dyes that were somehow infused into the petals. Whatever the case, today’s flower is a bright, cheerful bundle of blossoms with those pretty little yellow centres to draw the eye. I hope that your day is a happy one, with maybe a touch of the unusual in some way to bring some delight to you. Flower a Day #530 View all posts on the Home page.  

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Umbellate Aster

Umbellate Aster

Umbellate Aster

I had a comment from a viewer the other day that he wouldn’t have recognised the flower I posted as an aster (hawksbeard, the yellow dandelion-like one). So today we are having another World Wild Aster day, but this time with a readily recognisable member of the family. These look like the part of the family whose hair is uncombed and is starting to lose some teeth. They are beautiful despite this appearance and certainly worthy of a day of celebration. The light was lovely where it fell on them in places. I send a hug to you all and a hope that you all enjoy your days, whatever you are doing. Flower a Day #529 View all posts on the Home page.  

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Bursting With Light

Dahlia Bursting With Light

Dahlia Bursting With Light

Today is another dahlia day with this glorious burst of light. This is, we think, the Tahiti Sunrise variety and it was growing in our own garden. I love how this almost looks like spectacular fireworks going off in the dark sky, with smaller bursts around and behind it. We try so hard to reproduce the beauty in the natural world around us and fall short of the mark every time! If we can’t recreate it, we can continue to admire and appreciate it whenever we see it. Have a lovely day, full of such beauty wherever you see it. Flower a Day #528 View all posts on the Home page.  

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Campanula Punctata

Campanula Punctata, Spotted Bellflower

Campanula Punctata, Spotted Bellflower

These pretty flowers were growing in the front of the local high school. I originally shared a photograph of them very early on in this project, in this post Spotted Bellflower and described them as ‘gentle on the eyes’. I don’t even remember photographing them last year, so I should make another diary entry to look out for them again in September. Bells were what rang when I was in school and I admit they were pretty strident, but from what we hear from our house, it sounds as if students here have more of a siren sounding to alert them of classes changing etc. Can you imagine what stress these sounds must pile on to an already stressful day for school children? Long gone are the days when a teacher stood outside a small school in the playground, ringing a handbell and the children formed orderly lines before going into class. For those of us whose lives are no longer ordered by the sound of wailing sirens or ear splitting bells, I wish you all a gentle day, whatever you are doing. Flower a Day #527 View all posts on the Home page.  

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