What flower do you most associate with Spring? Crocuses, daffodils, poppies? It probably depends where you live, or where you grew up. For me, a native Californian, nothing say “Spring” like the Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana). It usually grows under a foot tall, but it packs a lot of beauty, especially when you find a large clump of them blooming together. Its dark green leaves and deep purple flowers are a dramatic combo.
Happy Spring to all my northern hemisphere readers (and happy Fall to all of you on the southern half of our planet)!
The only thing stranger than some cacti is the flower that some of them produce. Take these little guys, for example. The tiny flower seems like an afterthought, and out of scale with the rest of the plant.
But don’t get me wrong: I like the delicate little blossoms that adorn the tip of these cacti like a necklace. It seems that usually, only one blossom blooms at a time, but I spotted several that have two open blooms. I wonder if this sequential blooming increases the likelihood that one of the flowers will get pollinated?
Also, I presume that whatever critter(s) pollinate these flowers are small enough to not get hung up on the spines?
This cactus was growing indoors, so I didn’t get to see any insects on it.
What I DON’T know about cacti could fill a book!
It looks like someone attacked this flower with pinking shears! The edges of the petals simultaneously appear to be spiky, yet soft. It reminds me of a sea anemone.
This one goes on my list of “Plants That Were Probably Designed By Committee.” Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Au contraire, I think it’s a lovely, stunning, eye-catching creation.
I just wish I could remember what it was called!
A natural flower “arrangement”…far more beautiful than anything I could’ve come up with!
Unlike the bright red blossom in yesterday’s post (“Hard To Ignore,” 07.23.14), the lowly dandelion is easy to ignore…unless it happens to be growing in the middle of your dark green lawn, where its bright yellow blooms are sure to stand out.
Have you waged a war with dandelions? For a small plant that grows only a few inches tall, it can be incredibly tenacious. It has a strong taproot several times longer than the plant is tall, and if you don’t pull up the entire root, the dandelion grows back, again…and again…and again.
So you can hate it, or learn to love it.
I love it…in salads!
I have a soft spot for show-off flowers. Anything that’s big, bright, bold, has a unique shape or coloring or smell…they all win my heart.
Orchids definitely are show-offs, and they make great photographic subjects as well. Yesterday’s image (“I’m Fanatical About the Botanical,” 07.22.14) featured a grouping of five orchid blossoms, and today’s post features just a single bloom dangling from the tip of a gracefully curving stalk.
And of course any flower that’s red automatically falls into the show-off category. Bees aren’t the only ones drawn to this color!
So there was no way I could pass up this baby, was there?
The variety of colors and shades of peonies, like roses, is almost limitless. They range from almost pure white to almost black (an ultra-deep purple-maroon, really). Reds, oranges, pinks and yellows abound.
Do you prefer to mix, or match?
A profusion of callas stand tall and proud, reaching for the sky. These were for sale at a Farmers Market. I think they’d be beautiful by themselves, or in an arrangement with some other tall and elegant flowers…perhaps irises or gladioli?
What do you think of callas? Common, or extraordinary? Plain, or elegant? Drab, or classy?
If you like them, you’re in good company with some famous artists. Perhaps the best know calla images are those painted by Diego Rivera. But I also like Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, as well as Brett Weston’s photographs.
Yup, I’m a fan of the calla!
What adjectives come to mind when describing heliconia? Dramatic…eye-catching…head-turning…attention-grabbing…this plant screams “Look at me!” and won’t take “No” for an answer.