Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

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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Floral Friday

Granny Bonnets are blooming.  Their species name is Aquilegia, and they are also known as Columbines from the Latin word for dove.  This is because the inverted flowers can resemble a circle of five doves.  They are self-seeding and easy to grow.

Pale pink Aquilegia

Deep pink Aquilegia

Blue Aquilegia

The ancient Greeks and Romans attributed this plant to Aphrodite, the Goddess of love.   Celts who believed in the world of dreams and visions saw columbines as being the portal to this world. Others thought the flower resembled the hat of a court jester and considered them a symbol of foolishness.  The Victorian meaning of columbine is ‘resolved to win’, perhaps because they are self-seeding?

‘Each year as certain as a sonnet
you’re bound to see that Granny Bonnet.’


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Floral Friday

Cecile Brunner

The first Cecile Brunner rose has flowered.  This rose was bred in France in 1881 by Marie Ducher.   I pruned it heavily in July, and now it’s covered in buds.

Dublin Bay

The Dublin Bay has also produced its first bloom, although this one is not as perfect.  This rose was bred in New Zealand 1975 by Samuel McGredy.  It was one of three roses named after the bays of Ireland.

Lilies of the valley

In the back garden lilies of the valley have spread widely, and are starting to flower.  Their scent is exquisite, so I needed to bring a little bunch inside.

‘Our garden now is full of flowers
they benefit from sun and showers.’



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Our cherry tree is covered in beautiful blossoms.  It’s such a pleasure to see, and there’s the promise of lovely fruit at the end of the year – yum!


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