Cuban Tobacco

Cuban Tobacco
Cuban Tobacco

This plant was given to me as a seedling by my neighbours so I didn’t know what to expect when it was in flower. I knew that they grew tall and that in theory the flowers had a nice perfume in the evening, so I planted them on either side of my kitchen window. I don’t think they have any scent, or at least I can’t detect any. Maybe, as they were grown for the leaves to make Cuban cigars, their fragrance was not considered important and it went by the wayside. Whatever the case, the flowers certainly are lovely and the plants grew tall and strong. Unfortunately the driving, torrential rain we had the other day (leftover from Ida) has beaten them onto the ground and I don’t see any way to restore them. I have a few shorter (slower growing) plants that might now come into bloom, but I am really glad I caught these before the storm. I hope you have a lovely day, my friends and I send a hug to you all. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #361

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Brown-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan
Black-eyed / Brown-Eyed Susan

This lovely Rudbeckia hirta goes by two common names – Brown-Eyed Susan and Black-Eyed Susan. This is another success in my rewilding project, in a completely different part of the garden. I sowed a package full of drought resistant varieties there, and of all of the possible flowers, only these have grown. Obviously we didn’t have dry enough weather this year (which I can certainly confirm!) but these lovelies don’t seem to have minded the constant rain in the least. In fact their cheery faces seemed to fill their patch with tiny suns. If you need a ray of sunshine today, here is one to brighten your day. Have a lovely day, my friends. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #360

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White Hibiscus

White Hibiscus
White Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowers, like the one I shared last year, the blue chiffon double one, can be absolutely breathtaking to look at. This one is more subdued, being plain white, though with that lovely pink centre. Even so, it is still a beautiful bush to see in the front garden of a house that we pass on our regular walk. I found the strange, cream-coloured, nobbly protrubrance fascinating as it reminded me of pieces of cauliflower sticking out from a stem. Then my attention was drawn to the light shining through the translucent petals with those deep pink bursts of colour reaching up from the bottom of the flower. There is beauty in design all around us, even if at times we first perceive it as odd. Keep seeing the beauty as it is there! View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #359

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Evening Daylily

Evening Daylily
Evening Daylily

I make no apologies for sharing another daylily, as the light on this one I passed on my walk the other evening was so special. This beautiful flower sits outside our tiny village library, with the golden glow hitting its petals just perfectly. I probably wouldn’t have bothered to photograph it if the conditions had not been so perfect, as it would have been just another daylily. Isn’t it amazing how a little special light can transform the ordinary into the outstanding? I hope you have a little special light in your day today, friends. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #358

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Caliopsis

Caliopsis
Caliopsis

This cheery flower on its tall stem appears to float above the garden, in my ‘rewilded’ patch. There are several of these in that patch, which is quite gratifying for me and for the insects and I notice that I took more photographs of one of these yesterday. I think that was because I was fascinated by the tiny detail in the centre and the way the pattern spreads along each petal and that each time I see a more recent bloom I think it looks even better than the last. I hope this brings some sunshine to your day, today. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #357

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Yucca

Yucca flower
Yucca flower

Steven had mentioned these yucca flowers to me but it had been a day or two before I could get to them to take the photo as the weather had taken a turn for the worse. When I finally got there, the rain had beaten down their tall stems so that they were lying over onto the ground and the bank next to them. I lay on the grassy bank, aiming along at them and managed to get this photo, raindrops and all. The next time I passed them they had all been staked upright and very neat and tidy and had a whole new lease of life. If the day beats you down, a cheering word from a friend will lift your spirits in the same way. So if one of you needs a little metaphorical staking, here is that word for you along with the lovely flower. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #356

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Chinese Bellflower

Chinese bellflower, campanula, or Flax
Chinese bellflower, campanula, or Flax

You can see that I am really not sure on the identification of this little gem. As I no longer remember where I took the photo, I can’t go back and check, so I am taking a stab at the name in the title of this post, while keeping the options open in the photograph description above. As I say so frequently, the accuracy of the name is not my main objective. I really just want to share a little of the beauty of some of the flowers around me. With that in mind, I hope you enjoy a glimpse into this lovely bloom with its purple veined petals and tiny towered centre and that it brightens your day in a small way. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #355

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Gooseneck Loosestrife

Gooseneck loosestrife
Gooseneck loosestrife

The exquisite, cascading bouquet of tiny flowers that you see here is growing under a hedge beside the footpath in our village. I had never seen these before, so they made me catch my breath as the evening light fell just on to the top of this spray, with its open flowers. All of the others were in the shadow and almost obscured from view. Life is full of wonderful surprises if you keep your eyes open, expecting them to appear when least expected, if you don’t mind this apparent contradiction. Dear readers, I hope that today brings you all something happily surprising and as delightful as this. You will see below a different way to view galleries I have made so far of the images, by month. View all posts on the Home page.  A Flower a Day #354

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Crimson Flax

Crimson flax
Crimson flax

I found this little lone beauty in my patch of wild flowers that I sowed a while back with the assistance of raccoons and skunks, you might recall. While there are some flowers (cornflowers among them) that are growing in multiples and whose photographs you will see on here in due course, this one grew alone. I hope it might continue next year and have more than one bloom. Still, I am happy to see it and be able to share it with you today. Enjoy your day, my friends. A Flower a Day #353 View all posts on the Home page.

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