Flowers on Friday

I just managed to go up the hill to see the last of the foxgloves this week in between all the rain we have been having. I was surprised to also see signs of the Bell Heather in flower which seems a little premature to me. Maybe this cold spell is tricking the wild flowers…

Flowers on Friday

On a trip down to the Lizard peninsula last Saturday (before the horrid rain and wind re-appeared) I discovered a whole lot of Geranium sanguineum, (common names bloody crane’s-bill or bloody geranium) that I didn’t see last year. These lovely vivid magenta-pink flowers with palmately-lobed leaves are so much nicer than the Herb Robert and…

Flowers on Friday

The most eye-catching flower to bloom here in Cornwall during May and June is the ungainly named Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus (Byzantine Gladiolus) or better known here as Whistling Jacks. They are native to the Mediterranean area and have narrow sword-shaped leaves and deep magenta coloured flowers, each one with an iridescent sparkle. Coming back each year this plant…

Flowers on Friday

Iris is the flower of the Greek goddess ‘Iris’ who is the messenger of Love and uses the Rainbow to travel. A blue iris symbolises faith and hope.

Macro Monday #95

(click to enlarge to full size) Rosa x oderata Mutabilis is an old tea rose with a light fragrance. She is repeat flowering and ideal for hedging and loved by bees. The pointed flame-coloured buds, open to butterfly-like, coppery-yellow, single flowers on airy growth; changing to pink and finally coppery-crimson. Requires a warm, protected position.

Macro Monday #91

(click to enlarge to full size) “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us” ~ Iris Murdoch

Macro Monday #89

(click to enlarge to full size) Alstroemeria are tuberous perennials originating from South America. Commonly known as Peruvian Lilies or lily of the Incas. Beautifully spotted and marked perennials  in a whole range of colours including bright reds and oranges they will flower between June and October.    

Macro Monday #87

(click to enlarge to full size) I only wish my clematis would grow like this, smothered in blooms. This was seen growing on a wall in Mousehole. It’s mauvish-crimson colour screams at you and the silky, velvety iridescent flowers are majestic as you get close to them. Though I do now see that something has…