Thursday, May 5, 2011

ABC flowers in my garden

OK, so why did I do this?  It was a crazy stressy week and I had a headache all day and Jerry came home crashed and I just needed to do something fairly brainless that demanded focus.  They are upside down because I thought they would post the other way.  Crazy post for a crazy week.  : )

Z is for zinnia.  The only good thing to say about a zinnia is they bloom like crazy when it is over 100. These tiny orange and white ones are less obnoxious and go nicely with Jerry's favorite cosmos.
Y is for yarrow.  The millefoliums tend to make a tuffet which I do not care for but at least the one I have now, 'Walther Funke' is a nice deep red that fades gold instead of cerise. 

X is for ixia.  A South African bulb, ixia makes sweet little spires of flowers, although the foliage is floppy sloppy.

W is for watsonia. A South African bulb type plant, it grows into a two foot high and wide clump with many flower stems.  It dies down in summer. 

V is or violets.  The queen of the foggy weather and oh so fragrant.  I love seeing these all winter out the bedroom window.

U is for no flower I know...

T is for thalictrum.  These look a bit like columbine with blue green ferny foliage but get a good five feet high, or at least mine does.  

S is for scarlet runner beans.  A cute vine for summer, the birds and the bees love these!  Plus you can eat the beans if you choose.

R is for rudbeckia.  A real pain of a plant with a glaring school bus yellow color, they nontheless bloom all through the hot season.   

Q is for no flower I grow. 

P is for pelargonium, that cheerful in a pot plant...

O is for orange blossoms. 

N is for nigella. Love the seed pods. 

M is for monarda.  Crazy mopheads standing 3 feet tall. 

L is for lilies. 

K is for nothing I grow...

J is for Johnny Jump Ups, which evidently don't warrant a photo.

I is for impatiens.

H is for helenium, a favorite of mine...

G is for geum, a favorite sweet flower.

F is for freesia, an early blooming sweet scented bulb type plant.

E is for Eupatorium 'Chocolate' one of the few true late blooming perennials.

D is for digitalis commonly called foxglove.  Not a plant for children.

C is for corydalis a sweetly scented, long blooming shade plant.

B is for begonias a garden mainstay.

A is for astilbe.  This one said red... 


  1. Impressive! Why are foxgloves not good for children? Poisonous?

  2. Foxgloves are the original digitalis. They mess with the heart, and have been used for heart medicine for centuries. I know in older stories children are always making little fairy hats from them, but it is just one I would be concerned about, along with monkshood and castor bean.