Flowers Of The Week

Here’s what’s blooming in this neck of the woods today. I have by no means captured every blooming thing on film this spring. Learning while doing is a great experience! Mistakes and omissions give a LOT of feedback. The flower scape is ever changing here and with all the rain we’ll likely see more of things we miss in other years.

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace

Notice the background flowers in varying degrees of opening. The roadsides are covered with these lovelies this time of year.

More flower heads

More flower heads

They eventually open to a small saucerlike plate size.

Queen Anne's Lace in a meadow next to the road

Queen Anne's Lace in a meadow next to the road

Yarrow is sometimes easily confused with Queen Anne’s Lace as it is similar looking. Notice the differently shaped flower petals and the woody stalk, also the tree like leaves from near the base. Yarrow generally grows at the edge of the woods but sometimes mixes in with the Queen Ann’s Lace.

Yarrow

Yarrow

Close up of the flower head

Close up of the flower head

Notice the coloration near the base of the petals. Queen Anne’s Lace is generally white throughout, whereas the yarrow can be pink to salmon or dusty pale colors.

The day lilies are really showing their colors, opening more blooms every day. An edible I have never tried them . I don’t eat too many flowers but many are edible. Consult a reputable reference book before departing on such an adventure.

Day Lilly

Day Lilly

Day Lilly heads

Day Lilly heads

The next two flowers were given to me for my 50th birthday. It was a large brown paper bag filled with 50 bulbs of different kinds, and a fifty cent piece tapped to the bag. I’m saving the fifty cent piece in case there’s hard times. Many of them made it, some didn’t. I was terribly new to planting bulbs correctly! The first is a Japanese Lilly and I have no clue what the little purple ones are! If you know please tell me. Mar?

Japanese Lilly

Japanese Lilly

Closeup of the Lilly

Closeup of the Lilly

These are growing to about 4 1/2 feet this year and have about 15 flower heads between the three of them. There are about a dozen baby ones that have grown to 8-12 inches this year. I suppose they need to be divided and replanted to gain more height from the new ones, and to bloom.

NO idea what these are. They do better each year even though I lost several the first year due to improper planting. That’s my best guess anyway.

Unknown flower

Unknown flower

Unknown succulent

Unknown succulent

This last one is actually a potted plant that resides inside through the winter. It gets kind of wimpy during the winter months but perks right up in the summer IF I put it outside. It does best on the south side of the house where it gets a little bit of early direct sunlight then indirect light most of the day. It has these pretty little pink flowers on the ends of longish stalks. It is a succulent and was given to me by my Aunt Zoma.

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2 Responses to Flowers Of The Week

  1. Eunice Blevins says:

    Sarah, the Day Lillies you have pictured at the top here are like the Tiger lillies I dug up at the old family log house when we moved from Arkansas to Arizona a long time ago. I planted them in our flower bed in Az. they did quite well, but never got as big as the ones in Ark. Guess it was too hot and dry and no humidity.
    I gave some of the bulbs to your sister, Pamela Sue ‘Blevins’ Wanner, when we moved to Utah from Az. Pam planted them and they were about to bloom when we were down in Az.a couple weeks ago.
    I brought some to Utah also, they are growing, but not about to bloom yet. The ground is so rocky here.
    I also dug up some bulbs when we moved from Ark. a long time ago that are large. Mom, Thelma Dall, said they were Naked Ladies, but I don’t know the true name for them. They come up real early in the spring and have nice heavy green leaves. After a month or so, the foilage dies back. Then in late summer, about August, a thick stock comes up real and fast, grows a couple inches a day or more with several blooms. The bloom ae a light pink and the stock is over a foot tall. The blooms last quite a while. Now I have some here in Utah. They sure have made the rounds. I gave some to Pam also. Well, have to run for now…Love …Mom

  2. Ummm…Sarah…

    The picture that you have labeled Yarrow is actually Milkweed.

    Yarrow has a very feathery leaf structure and the flower head is very different than the Milkweed.

    You can see a picture of Yarrow here:

    http://www.healin-hollers.com/flowers.htm

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