Larkspur Bunnies!

What a surprise I got yesterday when I was trying to photograph some pink larkspur in my garden. In a closeup photo as I was about to snap the picture, I saw a distinct bunny face staring at me! Have you ever seen them? Can’t believe I’ve grown larkspur for 3 years and never noticed the bunny faces! Here’s the photo that opened my eyes to larkspur bunny faces:
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Apparently the larkspur flower has been reclassified from the genus Delphinium to Consolida. Larkspur varieties are grown and used as cut flowers and are thought to have earned the common name of larkspur because each bloom contains an elongated petal that looks like a spur (which you can see in the above photo), presumably like the hind claws of a meadowlark. The larkspur was originally classified as a Delphinium (meaning dolphin) because the tiny buds on the flower look like dolphins. We humans see so many resemblances in the plant kingdom of familiar animals, don’t we? Like the bunny faces in larkspur! I recently saw a post on Twitter of an exotic black bat flower! Yep, looked like a bat. I think one could write a huge book on plants and flowers that remind us of other living creatures. Seems like our Creator has so many surprises for us to find and enjoy!

There is even a Christian legend which says that after the crucifixion and Christ’s body was placed in a burial tomb with a large boulder in front of the entrance, many people doubted that he would rise again. However, a tiny bunny tried to remind them of Christ’s promise. When all ignored the bunny, it waited in the dark until Christ arose. The bunny spoke to Christ and rejoiced that He had kept His promise. Christ knelt down, showed the bunny a tiny blue larkspur flower and told the bunny to behold the image of the bunny’s face in the flower. The face of the bunny in the larkspur flower symbolizes trusting in Christ and remains a symbol today.

So, dear friends, always be on the look out for surprises hidden among the beautiful creations of God’s earth!

 

 

 

Spring Garden Flower Show

 

What a grand welcome to spring with all the flowers which bloom in my garden. Here are the stars of this spring’s garden flower show!

Enter the lovely daffodils which were the first to grace the garden with their radiant colors.

 

Then came the tulips marching in with their stately beauty:

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Of course, the peach blossoms and apple blossoms must also share their glory:

 

The blueberry blossoms contribute to the beauty of spring as well.  Did you ever look closely at these lovely little blossoms?  What design!

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Kale blossoms! One lonely kale plant made it through the winter and has produced these bright yellow flowers.

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Do you recognize this beautiful blossom? Strawberry! The strawberry bed is full of these blossoms right now, so here’s hoping for a delicious strawberry harvest coming up.

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And last but not least, a sweet canine flower child, Bitsie.  She is one of my three little dogs who all love to go with “GrannieAppleseed” out into the garden wonderland.  Bitsie was found by one of my daughters out in one of our snow-covered pastures in February of 2011, very thin and very cold.  We never found out where she came from after trying for weeks to find an owner. No ID or chip. She was only about 4 months old and appears to be a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix.  She has been with me ever since and will remain so “until death do us part.”  One of her favorite spots in the garden is this little patch of clover where she loves to take a nap.

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The Last Rose of Summer

002Well, summer is officially over, so I took some photos of my climbing rose bush which hasn’t endured the summer heat very well but with some much-needed rain a couple weeks ago and a few cooler nights it all of a sudden sent up a long stem way up to the top of the garden arch and  produced a beautiful bloom by the heart shape.

Another rose bloomed near the bottom of the arch as well as if celebrating the last day of summer yesterday.  019

Garden harvest is about done for the season except for the turnip crop which will be in the next few weeks.  Green beans are just about finished as well.  The herbs I planted have done very well and the holy basil just keeps blooming and has grown to now what I’d call a bush! 026

024Zinnias have kept up their glory all summer long and marigolds are in close competition.  Both have almost taken over the garden beds but they still look just outstanding.

For the first time this spring, I planted cardinal climber and all of a sudden this lovely plant with fern-like leaves has climbed all over the north garden fence and is quite cheery with its bright red flowers.   006

A few weeks ago I bought a small cold frame and have planted lettuce, spinach and French breakfast radishes (who eats radishes for breakfast?).  We’ll see how this works out!

Wishing you all a beautiful autumn season!

“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”      ~Lee Maynard

June Flower Show

It’s June already and flowers are blooming with more on the way.  Come along and I’ll show you what’s blooming in the garden right now………..

Black-eyed Susan showing its lovely face.  The plant is full of beautiful flowers like this one.  The plant came up along the east fence and I couldn’t figure out what it was.  I almost pulled it out so it didn’t get in the way of the zinnias, but I thought I’d wait to see what it was.  Glad I did! Back in the fall I had thrown out some wild flower seeds and I think it must have been in that packet.

001The first scented geranium to bloom! How exciting this is because I ordered these scented geraniums (genus Pelargonium) online from a grower up in Nebraska.  Scented geraniums are brand new to me.  You can eat the flowers and the leaves! The variety pictured below is”Rogers Delight” and it has a lemon-lime flavor.  I planted six varieties and they are doing well.

002The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) has done very well in my garden and attracts bees and butterflies.  It is easy to grow and will spread on its own.  They bloom all summer.

006Very first zinnia to bloom!  And more are coming.  I have them planted all along the inside fenced areas and save their seeds to scatter more here and there.

020This is an edible viola.  Just a 1/2 cup of this little plant’s flowers and leaves provides an equivalent vitamin C amount found in three oranges! Put the flowers and leaves in salads, decorate cakes and make your next glass of tea look pretty!

002Clematis right after a rain shower today.  I love their big, bright flowers!

005Beautiful bee balm (Lambada) which I started from seed and transplanted this spring.  First time to grow this bee balm.  My other variety isn’t blooming yet but this young plant is showing off quite nicely.

008Beautiful larkspur blooms along the northern fence of the garden.  Larkspur is easy to grow and will spread nicely on its own, or you can collect the seeds from the pods and sprinkle them where you wish to have more larkspur. 020Does red clover count in a flower show? I planted red clover here and there along garden rows as it can be used as a cover crop.  Red clover improves the soil and has many health benefits as well.

026And lastly roses! The Bantry Bay climbing rose is working its way over the arch entrance to the garden.  Love these sweet pink roses.

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                    “I must have flowers, always, and always.” ~ Claude Monet

Tulip Time

Spring is such a beautiful time with all the flowers coming back to life. Our tulips were really bright and showy this year.  They even got pelted with dime-sized hail during a thunderstorm but popped right back up the next day when the sun came out.  They’ll soon be losing all their petals, but I did capture some of their springtime glory in photos.

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Are You a Garden Artist?

In all my years of gardening, I have never thought of myself as a “garden artist” until this morning as I was placing a seed order from the lovely Botanical Interests catalog.  On one page there was a commentary by Rob Proctor entitled The Ever-Changing Art of the Garden.  He compared gardening to painting.  What a novel thought! He tells us to think of our canvas as the soil, our tools the shovel, pruners and hoses, and our paintbox is a package of seeds or a trunk load of freshly purchased flowers! And so, after this inspiring commentary, I see myself indeed as a garden artist and, with that in mind, I think this morning I ordered more “paintboxes” than I had intended!  But, you can never have too many flowers, can you?

Some of my my garden art with a floral theme.

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Time to Enjoy Seed Catalogs

Last night we got about 2 inches of snow, so today was a nice day to enjoy looking through one of my favorite seed catalogs, Botanical Interests.  This company sells only non-GMO seeds, as well as many certified organic and heirloom seeds.  They produce a beautiful free catalog with seed tips, brief histories, planting tips and even a recipe or two.  Looking forward to planting some new flower varieties like lupine and a popular edible flower viola this year.  I appreciate all the businesses which are providing organic seeds and promote sustainable agriculture! I will share some more companies with which I do business in the next several days.  You can order a free catalog from Botanical Interests online here:  https://www.botanicalinterests.com/

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