Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday fleurs

As you can tell, I love color, particularly in the garden! My favorites this week are each a bit unusual.

Can you tell what this flower is? It is usually pink, white or purple, has no scent and takes months to germinate from seed. It originated from the prairie gentian. 
This coloration is not seen often- more of a rogue. It has a color-washed look to it.

I included this rose because it looks like someone took their paint brush to it. No, I don't know its name! Perhaps I should be more attentive...

I believe this is the third year for us to grow dahlias. They require lots of water, can get by with partial sun, although they prefer as much as possible. They also require some sort of staking. If you get lax about this, they'll fall over. The good thing is that they are very adaptable and will change direction and continue to grow upwards again. We have a few dahlias that fell, the stems were actually horizontal, adapted and are now all growing upwards again, with the stems actually like an "L". We don't pamper many plants here! Our rule of thumb is that if it can live in a pot outside all winter and still survive, it is welcome in our garden!

Check out this dahlia. Most of the blooms are the deep, rich burgundy, but this has a few white petals thrown in for good measure.

Have a great Labor Day weekend! Hopefully, Hurricane Earl will miss most of the U.S.! 

I'll be joining the decorating team and working on two weddings. Yeah for the return of the cooler weather!

Thank you, Cindy, at My Romantic Home, for Show & Tell Friday.


  1. The flowers you showed are all beautiful! I don't know the correct name but that doesn't matter, isn't it! I also love the color of the 1st flower you showed here! I love that color in combination with green or orange!
    You have a very busy weekend I can read!!! Enjoy it my friend!

  2. Oh the last flower and the jug vase on the glass table is so lovely! And the purple is so color washed, I stopped and stared to make sure it wasn't another painting masterpiece of yours in the form of a water color :) Happy labor day weekend to you too! XO, Kelly

  3. These photos from your garden are beautiful! I have given up on gardening this year with the heat. Everything is so exhausted, and quite frankly, I am too! :) That purple flower is glorious, I hope you find the name of it so that I can look and see if it will grow here! :) Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos today! They're inspiring, and that's what Vignette Fridays is all about! :) Thank you so much for participating this week! I hope to see you next week, too! :)

  4. All just beautiful. Love the dahlias. I might try some next year. Happy Labor Day!

  5. Now I'll have the name of the top flower on the tip of my tongue all day! schi....something... I think.

    Love your punk dahlia!

  6. FYI, the name of the first flower is lisianthus!

  7. Holy smokes are those flowers gorgeous, and your photography is phenomenal. Nature is the finest artist.
    Happy Labor Day weekend!
    xo Isa

  8. Beautiful flowers. Beautiful photography.

  9. That dahlia is stunning. Interesting what you say about watering dahlias, alot of mine are horizontal this year, I don't water all the beds so I guess that's why.

  10. Simply stunning! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your wonderful creations up at my Fabulous Friday Finds party, each Friday! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~