Friday, June 29, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-29-12

Many of the day lilies have subtle pastel colors.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

FFTD Bonus Box Turtle 6-29-12

Because of the  scorching heat I have had to move several box turtles from the 
flower gardens to the woods. They seem to love the Bog Daddy Hosta which collect water from the sprinkler.

Flower for the Day 6-28-12

We'll show some colorful day lilies for the next few days. These are in the front
under our dying ash trees.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-27-12

The last five weeks have produced spectacular day lilies.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-26-12

Annabelle Hydrangea This classic snow ball bush is thriving this year.


Monday, June 25, 2012

FFTD Bonus Double Red Flags - Illegal to go into the water

We have been in Santa Rosa Beach Florida on the panhandle. There had been two drownings and three rescues the previous week due to rip currents.  The beaches were closed for two days when we got there. Life guards with their dread whistles patrolled the beach regularly to "save " us from ourselves.The second day the Walton County Sheriff drove by slowly on the beach and drawled, "Y'all be safe." Who could argue with that? 

Flower for the Day 6-25-12

Shasta Daisies  Leucanthemun x superbum. These daisies are larger and last longer than the more vulgar ox-eyed daisy. It was originated in 1890 by horticulturist Luther Burbank and named after the snowy banks of Mt. Shasta. 


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-21-12

Mystery Flower on the day after the Summer Solstice.

Yellow petals and yellow disks.There is a whole wildflower gardengarden of these flowers which arise on a thick unbranched leafed stem. They grow to  over four feet tall. They could be yellow oxe-eyed daisies but thestem seems way too thick.Please help me here.               
              Addendum: Suggestions included Senecio and Golden Crownbeard but the best fit was Golden aster.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-23-12

Another Mystery flower: This exceptional miniature 
flower is in grass growing in the wildflower garden. Without 
my Macro lens I didn't even see the polka dots.Please help me here.
Addendum: Three people correctly identified this as Deptford pink 
(Dianthus armeria). Deptford was the area in England where it was 
once common. Thanks for playing

Friday, June 22, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-22-12

Penstemon  Also Beard Tongue. The protruding hairy tongue is a staminoid (an 
infertile stamen). Note that the flower head itself is also hairy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-20-12

Hydrangea  This is the year of the hydrangea. This bush in my green garden roomhad only one bloom last year and has exploded this year producing both pink and blue flower heads. 



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-19-12

Verbena  Verbena bonariensis. Also Purple vervain. In Ancient Egypt it was called Tears of Isis. In the William Faulkner short story, The Odor of Verbena, it is used 
symbolically as "the only scent that can be smelled above the scent of horses and courage",  similar to the use of honeysuckle in The Sound  and the Fury.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-18-12

Field Coreopsis This came up in the front garden this year but the seeds were broadcastlast year. The colors and feathery leaves are striking.

We are back in the heartland after a week at the beach with Kelli and Gordon and Blake, Adam, and Will. If life's a beach, that's what we were doing last week. I highly
recommend it.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-8-12

Red Hot Poker  Knophofia. Also tritoma, torch lily, and
poker plant. This year's rocket shaped inflorescences 
are  larger and stouter than previous years.

Note: The Flower Guy is off to the beach for awhile.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-7-12

This is one of many day lily cultivars that I have been gradually adding each year.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-6-12

Day lilies have begun to appear. This one is one of the first each year and originated inthat seemingly inexhaustible supply that is seen growing beside the road.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-5-12

Gaillardia It is also called blanket flower because its inflorescence (flower head) resemblesthe patterns and colors of a Native Indian blanket. These seeds were scattered last year and the flower did not come up until this year.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-4-12

Milkweed  Asclepius syriaca. This common milkweed brings in the butterflies and the hummingbirds as well as the bees.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Flower for the Day 6-1-12

Rose Campion  Lychnis coronaria. This is my favorite flower
for its hairy green leaves and its magenta flower head. It is 
not easy for me to grow. This plant did not come up at all last year
and showed up this year about a foot south of where it was