Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Several days of rain and wind and then lots of snow and I am ready for a bright splash of summer colour. This gladiolus is a detail, where I am used to seeing the whole stem. I wanted to focus on the intricate structure and texture of the petals in contrast to the smooth stems and buds behind. The colour is a bonus, with this warm sunny yellow to brighten our days today. I hope the rain has stopped for you (if rain you had) and the sun shines down on you wherever you are. Warm hugs all ’round. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #439

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Clove Pink

Clove Pink

Clove Pink

This looks as if it should be sticking out of a buttonhole on some dapper jacket, but it was just growing in a flower garden. I say ‘just’ as though that is a less worthy situation. At least this one was there to give pleasure to the viewer for a much longer time and didn’t wilt the way it would if picked. I do love to see a beautiful bouquet of flowers on my kitchen table, but it is so lovely to see them in their natural environment. I guess there is a place for both. And now today there is a third way it brightens the day, which is in the photograph where it never will wilt, ever. Enjoy your day, everyone. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #438

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Wild Cucumber

Wild Cucumber

Wild Cucumber

This does grow exactly like a cucumber plant, to the point that I have, on occasions, even left the vine to grow, thinking that some random bird or other has sown it for me! This one was growing through a pile of firewood, clearly wasn’t going to produce anything edible, but it did look so pretty with its tiny white flowers. So I left it to grow until I thought it might choke the blackberry bushes next to it. I kept it alive and well for you in this photograph, friends. Have a lovely day, everyone. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #437

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Your Guess

Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Your guess is as good as mine on this one. Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to give me a positive ID on today’s flower. I have done my best to find out the flower name, but I think it was in a planter in the village and is now gone and I have no way of finding out. My Plant ID app suggested a Chinese Aster, but let me know if you recognise it. Life is full of mysteries and this is one of them! Enjoy your day and let me know what you come up with. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #436

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Wrinkleleaf Goldenrod

Wrinkleleaf Goldenrod

Wrinkleleaf Goldenrod

Happy Sunday! Goldenrod has apparently many guises, this being only one. They all share this lovely rich deep yellow colour with relatively small flowers, often bunched together in various ways on stems of varying lengths. (I hope you will excuse my highly scientific description.) The unopened buds on this one are a little reminiscent of tiny mimosa flowers in shape. I don’t remember even seeing this variety before, which is probably simply that I have not taken the time to study them next to their other relatives. Next year I will try to make more of an effort, when they come back to our roadsides. As I write this it is very grey and dull out my window, so I needed a bright pick-me-up and this fits the bill for me. I hope you have a good day, all of you. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #435

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Aja Dreaming

Aja Dreaming

Aja Dreaming

Aja, our beautiful Cornish Rex cat likes to sit on the top of a speaker by the woodstove, apparently dreaming. Obviously she likes it there because it’s nice and warm, but I can’t imagine it’s very comfortable. Do you want to see who she’s dreaming about? Here he is!

Boz is Aja’s grandson and all being well will come to his new home early in December. Something for us all to dream about!

Deep Blue Hydrangea

Deep Blue Hydrangea

Deep Blue Hydrangea

There are so many hydrangea types and colours, each with its own appeal and beauty and this deep blue is one of the more striking ones. I love to dry and display hydrangeas indoors in the winter, but the blues are quite tricky and usually, instead of drying nicely, they wilt and get thrown out. I can’t understand why this would be, but the result is that I appreciate their rich loveliness all the more. This is posted especially for my friend Jim, who particularly loves these flowers. 😉 For all friends, everywhere! Enjoy your day. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #434

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Pink Cosmos

Pink Cosmos

Pink Cosmos

Moving along from my irritating neighbours the raccoons (see yesterday’s post) I am going straight to another good neighbour on our walk. Tim (of the lovely Malva flower of a few days ago) is not the only person we speak to on our walk. The house of another friend who also lives with a border collie is not far from Tim, so our Joni always wants to stop in and say hello to her Arya. Joni is funny, as if we see Arya out on her walk anywhere, Joni knows her as one dog ‘Arya’ but then if we see her at her house, she seems to think that is another Arya. We know this because at times we have walked together with Joni and Arya to her house, and Joni looks towards the property all excited, thinking that she will see that ‘other Arya’ there. Who can truly know the mind of a dog? All this to say that at Arya’s house grow these gorgeous pink Cosmos flowers that are today’s offering to cheer us all. I hope this does it for you! Hugs to all. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #433

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Blue Thimble Flower

Blue Thimble Flower

Blue Thimble Flower

This pretty blue posy grows in my rewilded patch of garden (remember that the racoons helped me till this?). It is not only called a blue thimble flower but is sold as Globe Gilia and came in the packet described as ‘Bee Feed Mix Wildflowers’. That had such an excellent mix of colourful flowers that bloomed for so long that it was definitely the most successful of my sowings and worth buying for next year. In my optimism I have already added it to my cart, along with some cosmos and (of course) lots of zinnias! Enjoy the fruits of our labours in the sharing today and I will pass on your thoughts to the raccoons when I next see them. They are unfortunately a little too enthusiastic and have begun preparing the rest of our lawn, which is rather more than I am happy converting to flower beds, so I need to say something pleasant to them instead of the thoughts I have had towards them recently… View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #432

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