Saturday, June 25, 2011

Daisy Daisy-English daisy

I found this container planted with a mass of red, rose and white daisies near a church.

It is a bright mixture of English daisy (Bellis perennis) cultivars, from the tiny button flowers with yellow button centers to the larger daisy flowers with long, narrow and pointed petals.

They make me remember of "Daisy Daisy", the lyrics of the popular old song
Daisy Bell!
by Harry Dacre, 1892.

There is a flower within my heart,
Daisy, Daisy,
Planted one day by a glancing dart,
Planted by Daisy Bell.
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it's hard to tell,
And yet I am longing to share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell.

Chorus:

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do,
I'm half crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage -
I can't afford a carriage,
But you'd look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.

We will go tandem as man and wife,
Daisy, Daisy,
Ped'ling away down the road of life,
I and my Daisy Bell.
When the road's dark, we can both despise
P'licemen and lamps as well.
There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell.

(Chorus)
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do...

I will stand by you in wheel or woe
Daisy, Daisy,
You'll be the bell which I'll ring you know
Sweet little Daisy Bell
You'll take the lead on each trip we take
Then if I don't do well
I will permit you to use the brake
beautiful Daisy Bell!
Bellis perennis-white daisy with red tips
Pink pom-pom daisy close-up
English daisies in a container
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gold moss-Sedum sarmentosum ground cover-pictures

Gold moss is in flower right now, in June.
Sedum sarmentosum, on its botanical name, is a fast growing, creeping plant, an Asian member of the big sedum family.
Stringy Stonecrop aka: Star sedum or Graveyard Moss is a low maintenance, spreading plant often used as ground cover. It cascades nicely on stone walls, rock gardens and looks nice in hanging baskets as well.
This hardy, drought tolerant perennial can seed itself anywhere and grows very fast.
The main leaves at the base of the plant are roundish but the flowering, creeping branches have pointed leaves.
It flowers in summer with bright greenish-yellow, star shaped flowers that lend it the names Star Sedum and Yellow Moss.
Gold moss-Sedum sarmentosum flower closeup
The flowering stems rest on top of the foliage, where the name " Stringy Stonecrop" comes from.
Sedum sarmentosum-Stringy Stonecrop flowers and leavesAs a ground cover it can be invasive, but with its shallow roots the plant is easy to control.
Gold moss grows in just about any soil, tolerates well full sun or sun to partial shade.
Flowering gold moss-Sedum sarmentosum
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

A rose is a rose- pictures of June roses

There are many beautiful summer flowers blooming in June but a rose is a rose.
Dark pink garden roses

Beautiful June rose-macro photo
See also some lovely candy pink roses.
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dwarf dahlias-dahlia reflection in raindrop

These low growing, dwarf dahlias are on my terrace in pots. They are not more than 15cm (6in) tall and they are covered with flowers from early summer till fall.

The flowers are also smaller than those of garden dahlias, reaching just 8cm (3in) across.

They had some pests on them, aphids and spider mites, discovered only after bringing them home. The insecticide spray I applied on the leaves burned some of them, but now the plants are recovering well.
Yellow dwarf dahlia-closeup
Dark red dwarf dahlia in pot
I was playing around with some raindrops and reflections on the dahlia petals, with not much success on a very cloudy day.
Here is the result, it could be much better with a little bit of sunshine.
Red Dahlia-reflection in a raindrop-macro photo
Dwarf Dahlias-yellow and red
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Monday, June 06, 2011

Lisianthus flower-Eustoma photos

This is the Lisianthus flower or Eustoma, the flower that looks like a rose but it's not a rose.
I just received a lovely bouquet of these beauties from a friend.
We only have them in flower shops, as cut flower or potted house plant.

Lisianthus flower are found growing wild in warm regions of the Southern United States, Mexico and northern South America, in grassland and disturbed ground.

There are many cultivars, coming in a great variety of colors, purple, pink, white and mixed colors with simple or double petals.
Lisianthus flower-Eustoma
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Friday, June 03, 2011

Stellaria holostea flower macro-Greater stitchwort groundcover

This lovely white flower is the Stellaria holostea or Greater Stitchwort. It is the beautiful sister of the common chickweed (Stellaria media).

Greater Stitchwort is a common wildflower growing in woodland and hedgerows, throughout most of Europe.
It flowers from April to June having small white flowers, 2-3cm across.
Each flower petal is deeply divided in the middle. At first glance the flowers look like having 10 petals but there are only five.
Stellaria holostea-Greater Stitchwort macro-closeup
Its grass-like leaves are long and narrow, with rough edges. Like by other chickweed, the buds, flowers and leaves of Greater Stitchwort are edible, being used as a leaf vegetable, in salads.
Stellaria holostea is often cultivated as garden flower in borders and edges, also as a beautiful, white ground cover.
It can grow up to 50cm in height.
Stellaria holostea ground cover-Greater stitchwort
Photo were taken at our Botanical garden, in Cluj-Napoca.
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