Thursday, April 16, 2020

A FEW FLOWERS FOR YOU TODAY

I love to look at the Water Lilies when they are blooming.  When the lily pads cover the whole pond where we go, it's a sight to behold.
Purple Clematis is another wonderful flower.  They were climbing all over a trellis at Meadowlark Gardens.  In fact, all these flowers came from there, except the last two.
These Lilies grow at the edge of the lake.  The name is derived from the flower which has the meaning of "pure", "passion" and "rebirth".  Lily is short for Lillian, Liliana or Lilith.  It might be derived from the Greek word "louloudi" which means flower.
I thought these were the Pom Pom Hydrangea but I discovered another called Smooth Hydrangea.  As compared to any common hydrangea, the flowers are denser in this plant.  This makes the flower ball look full and smooth, like a snowball, so it is called smooth hydrangea.  You will have to make your own mind up as I am still betwixt and between.
Coneflowers but I don't see too many bees and butterflies in this picture.
Purple Coneflowers, its genus name, Echinacea, means 'spiny', because its flowers are especially like a prickly sea urchin, which also has the same genus name.  Some people think its flowers resemble petals around pinecones, and so this genus is called the Coneflower.  



These Hostas grow in front of our house.  There are more than 6,000 name varieties.  I think mine is the Hosta Patriot.  They need to be split and spread around a bit.  I love them but then so do the ants and the leaves take a beating every year.  If you have a non-toxic, non-pesticide answer to get rid of them, I would love to know.
"Politeness is the flower of humanity."
~Joseph Joubert~









37 comments:

  1. I have never seen Hostas this color. They are lovely! And the purple Clematis are beautiful as well.

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    1. Hi Ginny, they were in the ground when we moved into the house 30 years ago and are really beautiful when they flower each year. They need to be divided now so that I can put them into other areas.

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  2. Huge thanks for this beautiful bouquet.

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  3. A beautiful array of flowers Denise. Pretty colours too.
    I really like your Hostas as well.
    In regard to the ant problem, I had read somewhere that sprinkling cinnamon, chilli, coffee grounds around the base of a plant will deter them. Apparently mint they don't like either - worth a try! Cheers xx

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    1. Thanks Sue, and I appreciate those ideas also. I will give them a try when the time comes :) Cheers! xx

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  4. I did not know Hostas bloom! Learned something this morning. I love seeing coneflowers, although never in real time, always in magazines only.

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    1. Thanks Anni, these things are fun to learn and I learn so much visiting your blog :)

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  5. I love the flowers in your photos. I have had a colourful garden but the early flowers have disappeared now. I'm waiting to see what comes up next. I never know, because I don't plant anything now.
    Re ants, after the five thousand in my kitchen - all killed by yours truly - I have no worries about putting an end to their lives with the heel of my shoe.

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    1. Thank you Valerie :) I used to have the ants in the kitchen when we first moved in, but thankfully they have gone. Now I have the colonies in the front of the house where the hostas are planted.

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  6. Beautiful flowers, I love lilies and purple clematis reminds me of my childhood.

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    1. Hi Lucyna, lovely having those memories from your childhood :)

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  7. Hello, gorgeous variety of blooms. Lovely plants. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy weekend ahead.

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  8. so beautiful, all of these are. mother had these hydrangeas, but they were deep blue/purple because daddy put steel filings in the ground... they were huge, taller than my 5'6'' head.

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    1. That's fascinating about your dad and those steel filings. I've never heard of that before. Thank you for that memory Sandra :)

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  9. hello friend
    here to send my best wishes
    hope all is fine at your end
    stay well and healthy!
    loved these heavenly blooms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Hello baili, how lovely to see you here. Thank you and my best wishes and hopes for your good health where you are :)

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  10. Hi Denise,
    Wonderful images of the beautiful flowers, this is really such an exceptional time of the year for nature in general.
    Keep safe,
    My best wishes
    John

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    1. Thank you John, and I do so agree. You keep safe also and I send my best wishes too :)

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  11. What gorgeous flowers! At this time when we are unable to get out of the house, it is lovely to look at flowers, even e-flowers.

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    1. Thank you Vagabonde, I do so agree. These are photos I took last year :)

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  12. Hi Denise, Your flowers are beautiful, they brighten the spirit. Just love those lillies! Take care.

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    1. Hi Pauline, thank you and I feel the same way about flowers. You take care also :)

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    2. Hi Pauline, if you read this, I went to both your blogs but saw that the last date was some time ago. I didn't leave a comment but just wanted to let you know here that I had visited.

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    1. You are very welcome Christine :) So glad you enjoyed.

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  14. Beautiful flowers to be able to scroll through. Thank you Denise!

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    1. You are very welcome Ellen, flowers always make me feel uplifted :)

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  15. Oh, Denise, these were fun to see. I so love water lilies and lily pads. Lotus blossoms. They just seem so special to me.

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    1. Hi Rose, I am happy you think so. I will have to find some old photos of lotus blossoms for you :)

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  16. Beautiful flowers! Stay safe.

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  17. Your flowers are lovely and a beautiful yard has to be a great comfort right now! I enjoyed your “kids” walk in the above post also and that is more like what I’ll be doing to get outside a bit now that we’re home and getting caught up.

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    1. Thanks Sallie! So glad you enjoyed their walk, and I know you will enjoy yours :)

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