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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Beyond » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:43 pm

Cosmos?? Comos at the Asterisk*?? Owlice, whatever gave you the idea that you could see any cosmos at the Asterisk* :?:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:22 pm

owlice wrote:Are they cosmos? That's what they look like to me.
I would venture a guess that that is what they are from the picture in wiki. Like I said they came in a WM box of mixed seed. a lot of them grow to 5 feet tall. 8-)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos_%28plant%29
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Ann » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:48 am

Cosmos, impatience... the names you give your flowers in English-speaking countries!

Well, those are lovely "cosmoses", Orin. At least in your garden, you clearly live in a multiverse! :D

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by owlice » Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:39 am

The flowers are impatiens; I like them and used to grow a lot of them, as the colors are splendid and they grow well in shade. Impatience is something else I'm even more familiar with, but it isn't nearly so pretty as impatiens! And inpatients... oh, the stories I've heard! The stories I could tell!! :shock: :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by geckzilla » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:42 am

Don't forget the naked ladies... or, how about clitoria?
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Ann » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:49 am

geckzilla wrote:Don't forget the naked ladies... or, how about clitoria?
In Swedish, the naked ladies are colled the naked virgins, which makes it even more interesting. A few days ago I saw some brilliantly ultraviolet-blue naked ladies shine like little luminous patches of floral light next to a lush emerald-green lawn.

The clitoria, hmmm. Well, the link you gave us showed some lovely blue clitoria, that much is certain.
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As for that Latin name, I'll bet it can be blamed on the semi-dirty grand old classifier of flowers, Carl von Linné of Sweden. Did you know he classified flowers and other things that grow out of the ground according to how they make babies?
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He also wrote something called "Om konsten att tillhopa gå", roughly translated as "On the Art of Getting Together", and he wasn't talking about flowers there, believe me!


Ah, the birds and the bees. Perhaps in honour of Linné, we Swedes don't say "birds and bees", we say "flowers and bees". And who's to say that the shape of flowers can't be suggestive - not to mention how attractive their colors and delicate fragrances can be?

Carl von Linné got a kick out of them. He would have applauded everyone who diligently keeps a garden full of flowers, too.

Go, Orin! :D

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:39 pm

geckzilla wrote:Don't forget the naked ladies... or, how about clitoria?
Wow! Naked ladies? Looks the same as my surprise lilies! 8-) And Clitoria is a new flower for me. lovely! 8-)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:20 pm

Maybe our winter is too mild; my Daffodils have been poking our of the ground since the end of December!
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:50 pm

OMG! My daffodils are budded out and we in a Winter storm warning area. This is pretty early for them!
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Beyond » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:13 pm

Hey orin, how about some newly pictured blue birds and cedar waxwings to go with your new daffodils??
Last year at this time i had 3-ft of snow on my lawn.This year i have bluebirds and cedar waxwings getting a little drink off my barn roof from a little melted precipitation that occured last night.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:53 pm

Cool bluebirds, Beyond! My Daffodils are hanging on hold since we had that cold snap; but today i noticed that I have some Crocus blooming. I don't even have the leaves cleaned out of the flower beds yet! :) 8-)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Beyond » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:24 pm

ha-ha, around here them little cro-cusses usually wait til it snows and then you can hardly see-um, the little wascals :!:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:23 pm

Ahh; Spring! Signs of Spring has sprung with the blooming of crocus and daffodils! :D 8-) Hopefully a heavy late Winter snow won't come and flatten them! :roll:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:59 pm

I have some small tulips blooming! I think they are of a dwarf variety; but I am not sure.They always bloom early and add a little color amongst the daffodils! 8-) :D
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by thomas92 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:06 pm

orin stepanek wrote:I have some small tulips blooming! I think they are of a dwarf variety; but I am not sure.They always bloom early and add a little color amongst the daffodils! 8-) :D
For some reason I find tulips irresistible. Unfortunately I live in a flat with very little space for plants.

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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:22 pm

thomas92 wrote:
For some reason I find tulips irresistible. Unfortunately I live in a flat with very little space for plants.
Hi thomas92; welcome to asterisk! I like all kinds of flowers. 8-) I have another small tulip that opened yesterday! :) Also a hyacinth. :)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Chris Peterson » Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:00 am

We don't actively grow any flowers here... just take whatever wildflowers decide to settle in. Today I saw the first of the season- a Pasque flower, as always. This one is the earliest I've seen, by almost a week, and it's about three weeks ahead of when they'd typically show up (to the extent that there's such thing as "typical" anymore).
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This is more the sort of "flower" we should be seeing this time of year. This impressive structure formed naturally as the frozen surface of a pond broke up and melted. I shot this a couple of days ago, and haven't seen anything quite like it before. There were several like this around the edges of the pond.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Ann » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:58 am

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Snow crocuses and winter aconites.
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Relatively close to my house, we have winter aconites, snowdrops, snow crocuses, scilla siberica, Iris reticulata, vinca minor and helleborus. Of course there are common daisies in the lawn.
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Iris reticulata. Photo: Humphrey's Garden.



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When I cycled around in Malmö last Friday I saw lots of daffodils, many hyacinths and a few tulips. There were a few hepatica nobilis, which I find lovely.




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There was of course tussilago farfara.



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And yesterday, I saw the very first Anemone Nemorosa in one of my two favorite parks, Slottsparken. You usually call them wood anemones in English.


Oh, by the way - I saw two dandelions in bloom, too! This time of year is the only time when I really love dandelions!


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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:03 pm

Chris Peterson wrote: This is more the sort of "flower" we should be seeing this time of year. This impressive structure formed naturally as the frozen surface of a pond broke up and melted. I shot this a couple of days ago, and haven't seen anything quite like it before. There were several like this around the edges of the pond.
Chris: I have never seen an ice formation like that; very interesting! 8-)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by orin stepanek » Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:24 pm

My lilacs are blooming! :D I had to cut this bush down a few years ago because of all the dead wood in it! I let the sprouts grow and my neighbor lady said it would never bloom again! :cry: I'm glad I didn't listen to her! :wink: 8-)
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Ann » Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:59 pm

Lilacs! How lovely, Orin! :D :D :D
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Of course I'm feeling envious, too. This could have been me some fifty years ago, except that I knew no English back then.

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Post by owlice » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:20 pm

Oh, how lovely! Thanks for posting that link, bystander.
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Beyond » Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:59 pm

Aw, no little zucchinis. The story ends. Drat :!:
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Re: Flowers Around The House

Post by Ann » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:17 pm

Vegetarians are cruel to zucchinis.

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