Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Flower for the Day Creeping Charlie 5-23-17

Creeping charlie is the common name for Glechoma hederaceae which is a creeping evergreen
in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is also called ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, ale hoof,tun hoof, 
cats foot, field balm, runaway robin.

To most gardeners it is a runaway weed which takes over 
lawns at the gardens edge. I does have
a pleasing  violet shaped flower.

It is difficult to eradicate as the roots live deep.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Flower for the Day White Viola 5-22-17

This miniature white violet (Viola) was growing in abundance along a trail. The scollops and purple stripes can be seen
only close-up. The flowers are formed from five petals; four are upswept or fan-shaped petals with two per side, and there is one broad, lobed lower petal pointing downward. 

        Never Too Late For Love

     …. Flushed with feelings captured in a glow anew 
It's never, never too late for a love that is true  

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flowerer the Day Peony III 5-18-17

I love the soft colors of this pink peony.

About to bloom,
And exhale a rainbow,
The peony!
– Buson

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flower for he Day PeonyII 5-17

Its been a good year for peonies. These luxuriant  white flowers are not quite heavy enough
to drag on the ground. Rain will make it happen.

Soft Peony Clouds

soft peony clouds 
ensconced with wet petals 
drops of liquid sun 
pools in earthly hollows 
reflect sky and earth as one 
(June 19, 2011  Wausau, Wisconsin USA) 
(c) Copyright 2011 by Christine A Kysely, All Rights Reserved
Copyright © christine a kysely | Year Posted 2011 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Iris III

Iris II

Iris I

Flower for the Day Iris 5-9-17

We have had a great year for iris. Here are three of my favorites so far.
The profound depth of color here is pleasing.

This one has fragile beauty.

And this one seems old timey.

I will be putting images of 18 more different irises on the website:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Flower for the Day Wallflower 5-5-17

My wallflowers (Erysimum) have always been one of the first wildflowers to bloom
each year. They have very bright long lasting orange flowers.

They have been thinning almost to disappearance but this year
a new group has shown up in a separate garden. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Flower for the Day Miami Mist 5-4-16

Miami Mist (Phacelia purshii) is an exquisite native perennial wildflower. It is in the waterleaf family
(Hydrophallaceae). It is also called purple scorpion weed. Its five petals are delicate lavender and the leaves are pinnate.

The edges of the petals are a lacy fringe.

These flowers were abundant along a trail in full sun.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Flower for the Day Allium 5-3-17

Allium is a spring favorite. Very trustworthy, allium always shows up on time. I have them  in purple and white. The purple bloom first and the white grow significantly higher.

We lay, we love, we blossom.
I have planted myself in this garden so many times that the soil knows to not shift back into place when you rain.
You are my sun, clouds, oxygen.
I breathe you in and am filled with fiery hope.
Where there is hope there is fear.
I have been conquered.
My fragile heart is resilient when it comes to your ocean.
My brain is begging to drown.
You demolish my walls and demolish my roots for you,
then watch me attempt to regrow and rebuild the thick walls I need so badly.
You are my hero and my tormentor -
saving me and aching me over and over until you can enter my garden whenever you so choose.
This is love.  

This place in my chest is supposed to feel sacred.
It does not feel sacred anymore unless you are watering me.
I wilt and bloom with your changing tides.
You will leave soon, and I will have to find another way to keep myself alive until you want to come home again.

Britt Nichole March 2016

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Flower for the Day Star of Bethlehem 5-2-17

This meadow and trail flower grows well in direct sun and partial shade. Star of Bethlehem  (Ornithogalum umbellatum) is a perennial which has basal leaves with a white stripe.
Stalks develop from a center of leaf rosettes which terminate in white flowers.

Each flower consists of 6 white tepals, 6 stamens, and one pistil. Petals are part of the corolla and are modified leaves which usually are colored. Sepals surround the corolla and are usually green  leaves. Tepals occur in flowers where petals and sepals are not differentiated.The stamen is the male fertilizing organ and consists  of an anther and a filament. The pistil consists of the female organs and includes the stigma, style and ovary. The stamen of Star of Bethlehem has a yellow anther at its apex and a white filament underneath.

The Star of Bethlehem is an aggressive plant. It is a member of the lily family and is related to Allium (Onion) and Nothoscordum bivalve (False Garlic). Thanks to Claire for the ID.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Flower for the Day Forget-Me-Not 5-1-17

The Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis) have been blooming in the wildflower garden for weeks. Myosotis
is Greek for mouses ear after the form of the leaf.

Forget Me Not is a delicate flower
But in those three words it holds power
The power to say - don't let me go
Keep me in your heart where love can grow

by Margmax 2012 

Rain in the west 4-29-17

It has been raining for 5 days and when it stopped this
afternoon we went to see the results. Here is the outflow of our Lake Aspen.

After a beautiful walk we found a welcoming chalet and enjoyed the sounds of the falling water.

What did we drink on the deck - WATER. As you can see the sun came out.

There is nothing like Innsbrook when the woods are all leafed out.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Flower for the Day Bluebell 4-29-17

These trail bluebells are wondrous wildflowers. 
This common bluebell is exquisite.


As are the Virginia Bluebells. 

                 The Forest    
Fern and bluebell thrive.
Dense trees forging green shelter.
Footpaths meander.
Mystery at every turn
Gnarled roots display nature's art.

Forest canopy
Dappled sunlight and shadow
Rustling undergrowth
Spring is stirring steadily
Epiphany of nature.                                                           

Copyright © Delice Arleen Skelly | Year Posted 2015 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Flower for the Day Lilac 4-28-17

At the Lake house we have a small lilac bush. What it misses in size it makes up in persistence and
a powerful and pungent scent. Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) are in the olive family, Oleaceae.

Walt Whitman's long poem, one of my favorites, is about the death of Abraham Lincoln. Here  are a few of its 16 stanzas.

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,
I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.

Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.

In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash'd palings,
Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle—and from this bush in the dooryard,
With delicate-color'd blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig with its flower I break.

Passing the visions, passing the night,
Passing, unloosing the hold of my comrades' hands,
Passing the song of the hermit bird and the tallying song of my soul,
Victorious song, death's outlet song, yet varying ever-altering song,
As low and wailing, yet clear the notes, rising and falling, flooding the night,
Sadly sinking and fainting, as warning and warning, and yet again bursting with joy,
Covering the earth and filling the spread of the heaven,
As that powerful psalm in the night I heard from recesses,
Passing, I leave thee lilac with heart-shaped leaves,
I leave thee there in the door-yard, blooming, returning with spring.

I cease from my song for thee,
From my gaze on thee in the west, fronting the west, communing with thee,
O comrade lustrous with silver face in the night.

Yet each to keep and all, retrievements out of the night,
The song, the wondrous chant of the gray-brown bird,
And the tallying chant, the echo arous'd in my soul,
With the lustrous and drooping star with the countenance full of woe,
With the holders holding my hand nearing the call of the bird,
Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep, for the dead I loved so well,
For the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and lands—and this for his dear sake,
Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul,
There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flower for the Day Wild Geranium 4-27-17

I found this wild geranium an a trail hike in Innsbrook, Missouri. It is Geranium maculatum. Its other names are spotted
geranium,  wood geranium, alum root, and old maids nightcap. This one was growing right out of a limestone boulder in the shady forest.
The flowers have five violet purple petals and ten stamens.

  "The 'Amen!' of Nature is always a flower."   ~Oliver Wendell Holmes    

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flower for the Day Spring Beauty 4-26-17

Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) is a miniature perennial wildflower which has been blooming for more than a month. The individual flowers bloom for three days, although the five stamens on each flower are only active for a single day. They overwinter through a corm with roots. Corms are  bulb-like underground storage organs. Spring Beauty  spreads by re-seeding.

The stem is light green. The basal leaves are linear or linear-lanceolate, slightly recurved and fleshy. There is a single central vein along the length of each leaf. The stem terminates in a floppy raceme of flowers. Each flower is about 8 mm. (1/3") across when it is fully open, consisting of 5 petals, 2 green sepals, 5 stamens with pink anthers, and a pistil with a tripartite style. The petals are white with fine pink stripes. The flowers open up on warm sunny days, and close during cloudy weather or at night. They are more or less erect while open, but nod downward while closed. There is a pleasant floral scent. 

Spring Beauty by Mary T. Hoffman

Spring Beauty: a humble flower,
A pleasure to behold;
Delicate and unassuming,
Blooming on forest floor
Where nature's treasure lies in store
For those who seek in quiet places
A rare reward.

(Written May 2007)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Flower for the Day What bloomed last week-end II 4-25-17

  White azaleas in the side yard  bloom later than the purples in the front.


I love the subtle beauty of the Lily of the Valley.

The iris are starting to emerge.

This is wigelia:

The first of many Sweet William.