Monday, July 31, 2017

Flower for the Day Aster 7-31-17

This is an interesting phenomenon. There are several stands of asters
which have begun blooming almost 2 months early.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Flower for the Day Calla Lily 7-27-17

I think the Calla Lily is a combination of peaceful voluptuous beauty. I marvel at its ability
to calm my soul.

Botanically Zantedeschia aethiopica is interesting in that its "petals" form a spathe which surrounds an anthurium-like spike called a spadix which bears tiny flowers. The external presentation is so breathtaking that I never get around to looking inside the sheath.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Don's Blog Who's been eating my host 7-27-17

One night it was there and the next day it looked like it had been weed whacked.

Someone has been treating this as salad. A look in the field showed some evidence.

And finally this afternoon we find the culprits.

They won this time.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily VI 7-26-17

The really last of the oriental lilys came up this week. Nothing like a late bloomer.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mystery Flower

The Mystery Floweri s a misnomer. A majority of folks 
identified the purple flower as a gladiolus or sword lily.
We planted a nice crop of bulbs this spring and they are just beginning to pop.  


 A bunch of glads, 
certainly highly emblematic of creation, 
remote from frills of working blossom with hope of fruit: 
slow, durable, placid, generous, sure of kingly dreams.

Gottfried Benn

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flower for the Day Mystery Flower 7-21-17

Todays flower is a mystery. Let me know what you think it is.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Flower for the Day CleomeCelebration 7-14-17

Here is a huge cleome to celebrate the successful removal of my stent after 
laser endoscopic removal of 2 ureteral stones. 

For botanists this species is of interest as its members show  progression from C3 photosynthesis to
C4 photosynthesis. C3 photosynthesis is the major of 3 metabolic pathways for carbon fixation in plants.  These plants can take CO2 from the air and change it into a three carbon sugars but the process is inefficient.. In C4 photosynthesis plants take more CO2 out of the air and efficiently produce 4 carbon sugars. I am not sure where cleome stands in the process.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flower for the Day Tiger Lily 7-12-17

This tiger lily  is the last of the oriental lily. It is wonderful to
look at but I have always had difficulty taking a great in situ image.
These have some sort of white fungus on the leaves.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Flower for the Day Blackberry Lily 7-11-17

I have a very nice stand of blackberry lilies in the side garden.

They have very striking flower heads and are in the iris family. 
I like that they are invasive.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Flower for he Day Last Day Lily 7-10-17

This is the last of a great year for day lilies. They will keep coming up intermittently for a week or so more.
I love this deep red.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Flower for the Day Purple Coneflower 7-5-17

This has been an exceptional year for purple coneflowers. They are coming up healthy and in great profusion.

Purple Coneflowers [4/9/2013]

Soaring high above pine green forests
magnificent hawk hunts for prey,

clouds soften sun's blazing eye,
grasses flow together.

Sharing cover for field mouse,

under blossoms of coneflower.
Purple, black fashion setting the style.

Peaceful hues cover

field of dreamy wildflowers,
crickets start night song.