Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Floral Friday

A friend gave me this lovely hanging basket full of petunias (thank you, Jo).  The colours are great because they match many of my other flowers, especially the hollyhocks.    I’ve been watering the basket every morning, and though the petunias have been battered by strong winds, they quickly perk up again.

Petunias are a genus of flowers in the Solanaceae family that originated in South America.  The Solanaceae family also includes tomatoes, chili peppers, and tobacco.  It’s the petunia’s resemblance to tobacco that earned it its name which comes from the native American word petun which means “a tobacco that does not make a good smoke”.  Petunias symbolize the desire to spend time with someone because you find their company soothing and peaceful.

It’s far from being junior
the colourful petunia


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Window Watcher

I like to pick flowers from the garden and bring them inside, but I never pick hollyhocks.  They are more suited to displaying their stately stems outside in the garden.  The wind encouraged one to explore inside our kitchen window.

It looked so good peering in at us, I could hardly bear to nudge it back and close the window.

This hollyhock is welcome to
come inside and enjoy the view.


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Gorgeous Gladioli

Two exquisite pale pink gladioli flowers are displayed outside our fence.  Another has been picked and brought inside for us to admire.  I left these two so passersby may enjoy them.

This particular glad came from a bulb given to me by my friend Vonnie over thirty years ago when we left Auckland.  Contact with her has since been lost, but I think of her every summer when these flowers appear.  A beautiful bulb is the ideal gift to give someone moving to a new city, being small to carry and able to wait patiently to be planted.  We have other glads, white ones that came from my Mother’s garden and remind me of her, but these pale pink ones bring a special quality to our garden.

‘When these glads flower so tall and bonny
they bring a memory of Vonnie.’

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The strong southerly was causing this hollyhock to bend over and I worried it might break.  Others had been staked, but this one was on its own.

Windblown hollyhock

I hurried out to place a strong bamboo stake and fasten the plant to it.  That should hold it firmly.

Staked hollyhock

‘I rescued it from a cruel southerly
with tender action, almost motherly.’


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Floral Friday

This Dianthus was planted over a year ago.  It’s one of Dr Keith Hammett’s Scent from Heaven Landscape Carnations and has a delightful clove scent.  Called Angel of Desire, it’s supposed to flower almost continually, but in fact had no flowers in winter, so I’m pleased to see it back again.  Carnations are called pinks because their spiky petals look as though they were cut with pinking shears.

‘My scented Angel of Desire
has blooms you cannot help admire.’

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Floral Friday

Our sage plant is flowering abundantly.

Sage is one of the most important Native American ceremonial plants, used by many tribes as an incense and purifying herb.  It is burned as a spiritual cleanser before many traditional ceremonies, and is also one of the herbs frequently included in medicine bundles and amulets.  You can boil sage and drink it as a tea. It releases what is troubling the mind, removes negative energy, and can be used for digestive problems, and for depression and memory loss.

Its scientific name is Salvia officinalis and there was a Roman saying, “Cur moriatur homo, cui salva crescit in horis?” – “Why does the human die when salvia grows in their garden?” 

‘Presumably abundant sage
means we may live to an old age.’

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Floral Friday

Our garden is a riot of roses just now.

That’s Cecile Brunner on the left and right at the back, and, Blush Noisette in the front at centre.  Both were planted in 1995, and make a lovely show of pale pink.  There are different colours further along the fence.  You can see one Dublin Bay bloom peeking in on the left.

‘It’s roses, roses all the way
so many in full bloom today.’

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