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!

 

 

 

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