Last year I did a post about the statistics on my blogs in lieu of the report that WordPress used to send us all at the end of the year so I have had a look at this year’s results. This flower blog has not really been very well visited this year, but that may be due to the fact that I only post weekly now as most of my blogging takes place on my Cornwall blog and I haven’t left the county to visit any other gardens. Flowers on Friday was a new theme this year and regularly attracted 50+ views. The Spiky Squares challenge during March was around about the same.
Most views during the last year (2019)
- Flowers in Australia #4
- Mrs Greville’s Rose Garden
- More from Nymans
- Flowers on Friday – Anemone coronaria
- Last year’s statistics – Things you have liked
- Flower of the Month – January
- Cornish Wild Flowers in June
- About Page
- Flowers on Friday – Foxgloves
- Spiky Squares #4 and Flowers on Friday – Helenium
Most of my garden visits tend to be within the county of Cornwall at the moment so they appear on the other blog. I might start doing more macros of flowers and nature which I will post on here, but for now this site will be hibernating until springtime. I thank all of you lovely fellow bloggers who take the time to look at my photos for your visits and especially those of you who comment, it is always nice to know what you are thinking and to have a chat. I wish you all a happy, healthy and nature-filled year ahead.
There’s not a lot in flower this month so I thought I’d take a look at October birth flowers which are Calendula and Cosmos. I have already featured the lovely Cosmos so I have dipped into my garden files to find some of my Calendula photos.
Marigolds and Borage
Calendula officinalis, the common or pot marigold, is a popular annual plant with yellow to orange daisy- or chrysanthemum-like flowers. The common marigold is still widely used around the world to heal cuts and bruises. Its flowers and leaves are edible, and can be used in soups, salads, and other dishes. It also makes a spectacularly eye-catching garnish.
Because of its resemblance to the sun, it is associated with warmth, love, and creativity.
Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinglow‘ is an outstanding short-stemmed variety of Coneflower with big, heavily petalled brilliant magenta flowers surrounding dark brown central cones.
Ginger Lilies are striking perennials and highly prized for their exotic-looking foliage and brightly coloured flowers. They will thrive in full sun or light shade where there is a reliable source of moisture in summer and will survive outside in warmer parts of the country if the crown is protected by a dry mulch. In colder areas bring indoors and keep dry throughout winter, or lift the rhizomes and store in a cool, dry place until spring when they can be replanted. They are commonly seen in the gardens of Cornwall where they can grow into very large clumps.
Hedychium gardnerianum Large cylindrical racemes of sweetly scented yellow flowers, each with protruding red stamens, put on a very showy display from midsummer. A vigorous species, the bold foliage will often have a slight blue tint.
Hedychium densiflorum Forming a slowly spreading clump of lustrous foliage, this compact ginger lily is one of the hardier forms. The slender spikes of fragrant, orange-red flowers appear early in the season and tend to open in one impressive flush.
Hedychium flavescens Tall stems are clothed in pointed, lance-shaped leaves, which can grow to 60cm long and have a softly hairy reverse. In late summer or early autumn these stems are crowned with clusters of spicily-scented, creamy-yellow flowers.
I have featured this flower before, but couldn’t help photographing some recently in the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I love these flowers and how the petals droop as they age. With their swirling skirts I always think of them as ‘little dancers’.
Helenium ‘Riverton Beauty’: Tall, upright and robust with clear, butter yellow flowers and a central brown cone.
Helenium ‘Riverton Gem’: A tall and robust selection forming a large bush of upright stems with mid green leaves topped with a magnificent display of orange flowers with yellow tips in mid to late summer.
With Storm Lorenzo hitting our shores (my little Aussie grandson thinks it is hilarious that he has a storm named after him), these flowers will probably be finished by the end of the weekend. But hopefully the pictures will brighten up your Friday.