Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Spring Wonders


Romance is in the air!


Wildflowers
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Scabiosa columbaria (Pincushion)
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Scabiosa columbaria (Pincushion)
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Linum lewisii (Wild Blue Flax)
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Wildflower Field
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Wildflower Field
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Wildflower Field
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Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise' (Tickseed)
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Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise' (Tickseed)
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Gaillardia grandiflora 'Arizona Sun' (Blanket Flower)
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Gaillardia grandiflora 'Arizona Sun' (Blanket Flower)
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Small Wonders:
Cynoglossum amabile (Old-fashioned Chinese Forget Me Not)
These abundant sprays of tiny deep blue flowers are Old-fashioned Chinese Forget Me Not.  Its name derives from the fact that it resembles the traditional Forget Me Not, but has its origin in Asia.  Despite their size (about one quarter of an inch in diameter), their extraordinary hue of blue and their height (about three feet tall) flaunt their presence amidst an array of colors in a wildflower field.

Cynoglossum amabile (Chinese Forget Me Not)
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Forget Me Not has many legends associated with it.  An old German legend of love tells the story of a Medieval knight who was strolling along a riverbank with his sweetheart and slipped into the water.  Because of the weight of his armor, he couldn't get out.  As he was drowning, he threw a small bouquet of blue flowers he had just picked for her and shouted "Forget me not."  It's a symbol of remembrance, faithfulness, and enduring love.

Cynoglossum amabile (Chinese Forget Me Not) in Garden Arrangement
Cedarmere Farm

West Virginia White Butterfly 
As far as I can discern, this butterfly is the West Virginia White.  Its wing span is 2.5 - 3.5 inches.  With its size and translucent white wings, it reminds me of a fairy.  Its natural habitat is the woodland, so naturally, I was ecstatic to see it.  According to some sources, the population of this butterfly is declining due to over timbering and the rapid spread of garlic mustard (Alliaria officianlis).

Cynoglossum amabile (Chinese Forget Me Not)
and West Virginia White Butterfly
Cedarmere Farm

Duskywing Butterfly
The Duskywing butterfly is a tiny butterfly with a wing span of only 1 3/8 - 1 7/8 inches.  Its black silky sheen sure makes up for its size.

Centaurea cyanus (Bachelor's Button, Cornflower) and Duskywing Butterfly
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Fun Fact:
Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower, Bachelor's Button) 
Centaurea cyanus is a field flower that comes in many colors.  It is commonly known as Cornflower because it used to be grown in grain fields.  Folklore has it that Cornflowers were worn by young men in love.  If the flower faded quickly, it was taken as a sign that the young man's love was not returned.  This flower is also commonly known as Bachelor's Button.  Because of its resilient nature, it is often used in boutonnieres.


Centaurea cyanus (Bachelor's Button, Cornflower)
Cedarmere Farm

Centaurea cyanus (Bachelor's Button, Cornflower)
 Cedarmere Farm

Centaurea cyanus (Bachelor's Button, Cornflower)
Cedarmere Farm

Centaurea cyanus (Bachelor's Button, Cornflower)
 Cedarmere Farm



Put them all together, and voila ... 
a fresh spring bouquet 
ready for a garden wedding


Garden Wedding Arrangement
Cedarmere Farm



Celebrate Spring,
        
                  Christa




8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and colourful bunch of flowers. I don't have much of a garden now but used to grow most of these flowers once upon a time! x

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    1. Good morning Penny,
      You can day-dream Spring through our blog, while enjoying Autumn there; the two best seasons at the same time!
      Christa

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  2. Spring, summer, romance - everything is in the air! Love all your flowers. Have a lovely week.
    xoxo Ingrid

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    1. Hi Ingrid,
      Spring is such a wonderful time a year; so many colors! Have a nice weekend.
      Christa

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  3. Christa... What beauties! I am particularly fond of Bachelor Buttons since my favorite aunt had an abundance in her garden! Your photos are lovely! Thanks for sharing your beautiful corner of the world with us! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan,
      What a wonderful way to remember a favorite person.
      Christa

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  4. Hi Joan,
    Thank you, I am glad you liked them. Thank you for visiting.
    Christa

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