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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:42 PM

Post #3661468

As the weather has been so miserable and my garden looks beaten up by violent showers, hails and nasty chilly winds, I decided to dedicate my time for a while to organizing and naming my pictures and found pictures of wild beauties.

As there is no forum for wild flowers I didn't know where would be the best place to start a thread about them and finally chose for this one, although the wild beauties from the whole planet would be more than welcome.

Although wild flowers are not as showy as many of our cultivated garden plants, they often possess a more subtle and noble beauty.

At a close examination these beauties open up an enchanting world .

So here we go;

I start with Daucus carota (Wild Carrot)





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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:43 PM

Post #3661473

In the stage of making seeds;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:45 PM

Post #3661482

A whole field of them;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:48 PM

Post #3661499

Its an attraction for many insects

Don't know what these guys are up to on this one

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:51 PM

Post #3661508

having a sip from its nectar

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:54 PM

Post #3661527

Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower) with its intens vibrant blue

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:55 PM

Post #3661534

another view;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #3661543

Dipsacus fullonum (Teasel )

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
7:59 PM

Post #3661554

The whole architectural plant after its blooming peak

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:08 PM

Post #3661597

Lychnis flos-cuculi (Ragged Robin)

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:09 PM

Post #3661602

Lamium album.(White Deadnettle);

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2007
8:11 PM

Post #3661610

Some ancient native woodland in spring in the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland.

Resin

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:13 PM

Post #3661617

Lamium maculatum (Spotted deadnettle)
Don't they look like Chinese on a carousel ?

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:16 PM

Post #3661624

Very enchanting forest scene Resin!
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:17 PM

Post #3661630

Another view of the same;

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2007
8:18 PM

Post #3661636

Another; same location

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:36 PM

Post #3661734

Lovely Resin! I love the carpet of Pteridium aquilinum .
here is a scenery taken in a Belgium forest;

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philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


June 26, 2007
8:38 PM

Post #3661741

Those are lovely photos thanks bonitin, just what's needed in this weather.
...and beautiful to see the Northumberland woods thanks Resin, so refreshing
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:41 PM

Post #3661753

Now that we are in the forest: Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove)

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:43 PM

Post #3661761

Thanks Philomel for the encouraging words!
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:45 PM

Post #3661771

A closer view;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
8:52 PM

Post #3661799

and all the way into its heart;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2007
9:01 PM

Post #3661833

I have more, but I'll stop for today. Good night!
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2007
12:07 AM

Post #3662450

Beautiful pics bonitin!

I love both of the wood settings too, they look magical.

One from me for tonight, Cichorium intybus or wild Chickory. I grew it I think in 2004, then it disappeared and a couple have grown again. This is a tall and gangly plant but the flowers are gorgeous.

The first flower opened today, thankfully we only had a light drizzle of rain even though it was cold.

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philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


June 27, 2007
7:20 AM

Post #3663960

Yes, aren't chicory flowers magical wallaby? They look far too exotic to be a 'weed' and the shade of blue is so beautiful - lovely photo.
I was abroad on a nature type trip, still in europe, when we came across some and people thought it was something really rare. Easy to be fooled when you come across something thet's under your nose at home, but you just aren't expecting to see it in a different setting.
I was really pleased to find that they grow well here and brighten up some of the 'uncultivated' parts of the garden.
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2007
5:42 PM

Post #3670185

Marvelous picture Wallaby of the lovely Chickory!
Its blue is so intense and vibrant, that one doesn't even notice the 'shagginess' of the plant when its in bloom.

The next one I want to put in the spot-lights is the very 'common' dandelion; Taraxacum officinale. I must confess I'm not too fond of its bold and plump flowers in that screaming yellow colour, although I can appreciate them in a meadow. But I am really enchanted by their lovely fluffy seed heads. I must put out of my mind that this means a real invasion of new dandelions to be born!

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2007
5:44 PM

Post #3670197

A whole group of them together with the pretty forget-me-nots.

Aren't they lovely ?

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2007
6:53 PM

Post #3670427

Next pictures are from one of two Verbascum thapsus (Aaron's Rod), I have rescued from being destroyed by bulldozers on a fallow in front of my house where they were building a justice palace.
That was last year in late summer. One of them I have planted in a pot on my little terrace where it can get a reasonable amount of sun, the other I planted in the small front garden of a friend gallery-owner. The one I have in a pot is blooming and is about 50 cm tall, while the one I planted in that garden reached a height of 2.17cm; a real record as the books speak of a maximum height of 2 m. I've never seen such a tall and happy one before, its really impressive and looking rather exotic.

first picture shows it in early spring;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2007
6:55 PM

Post #3670429

second one later in spring;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2007
6:56 PM

Post #3670435

And the third one 3 weeks ago and its is still getting taller.

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2007
7:04 PM

Post #3670458

and a detail of its flowers;

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 29, 2007
1:24 AM

Post #3671793

Bonitin, the Verbascum thapsus is used as a garden plant here. In nature gardens.

Florida native orchid, Encyclia tampensis>

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philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


June 29, 2007
7:06 AM

Post #3672787

More great photos bonitin, and thanks for the orchid dale
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
12:06 PM

Post #3673110

Thanks Philomel.

That's a generous orchid Dale! Interesting to hear that the Verbascum thapsus is used as an ornamental plant in your area in natural gardens. Problem is that it is a bianual and dies after blooming, but in a natural garden of a reasonable size, it can self-seed. The name 'thapsus' seems to originate of a Greek island where the plant occurs in abundance.



bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
12:44 PM

Post #3673222

The tender delicate looking Campanula rapunculoides (creeping Bellflower) I find irresistable.

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
12:45 PM

Post #3673228

Specially with a background of blooming dreamy grasses

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
12:54 PM

Post #3673260

Another humble charmer is the Cardamine pratensis;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
12:58 PM

Post #3673268

the friendly little faces of the Veronica chamaedrys (Germander Speedwell);

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
1:00 PM

Post #3673277

The lovely star-flowered Stellaria holostea
Patbarr
Sheffield
United Kingdom
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2007
1:53 PM

Post #3673442

What lovely collection of flower photos. I took a seed pod from one of those huge woolly verbascums about thirty years ago and sprinkled it in the garden. I forgot all about it as nothing came up until a few years later when a couple of plants appeared, and odd plants keep coming up in different places around the garden every year. They haven't invaded the garden, but it is quite nice to discover a new seedling here and there, and my style of gardening is to leave things where they seed if they aren't in the way and just thin them out a bit if there are too many. I did have to move one that wanted to grow in the middle of the path though.
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
2:53 PM

Post #3673626

Thanks Pat! I love your way of gardening like the beautiful setting of your flooded drive you showed in the other thread. It looks so poetic.

I noticed I forgot to post the picture of Stellaria holostea, so here it comes;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
4:06 PM

Post #3675104

The weather still didn't improve yet over here . It is so chilly and feels like a dark wet late autumn day. Quite depressing!

This is a field of pioneer plants that came up in the middle of town after demolishing a old building. It is amazing how long seeds can stay dormant and still viable in the soil under buildings.

Red poppies (Papaver rhoas), Camomille recutita (Scented Mayweed)and mustard.

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
4:12 PM

Post #3675125

Another of the same field. It can lift up spirits. I looks so cheerful!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 29, 2007
4:34 PM

Post #3675221

A lot more than you'd get from an intensively farmed field poisoned with lots of herbicides.

I'd not be surprised if those poppies were growing from 50 or even 100 year old seeds, back from the days before herbicides were invented. Do you have any idea how old the building was?

Resin
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
5:04 PM

Post #3675323

Resin,

It was an old building dating from the end of 19 th centuary ; I think around 1890. It was part of a huge factory where they were processing imported coton from overseas. Now they have build a repulsively ugly modern bunker-style building on part of the domain, for the fire-brigade; the flowerfield is located in front of it and will of course also be destroyed sooner or later! Sigh...
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2007
5:40 PM

Post #3675456

heart of a red poppy;

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 29, 2007
6:33 PM

Post #3675646

Yeah, sometimes wish they'd build on the land devastated by intensive agriculture, and use the 'uncovered' old unpoisoned land to make nature reserves . . .

Resin

bootandall

bootandall
Blenheim
New Zealand


July 1, 2007
7:33 AM

Post #3681380

what a wonderful wonderland of nature, stunning pics.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 1, 2007
9:13 AM

Post #3681420

Bonitin,

The poppy center is perfect. I can see I need to get a new camera.

Native morning glory>

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philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


July 1, 2007
11:29 AM

Post #3681482

What a beauty to have as a native dale!
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2007
1:05 PM

Post #3681680

Thanks Bootandal!

Wonderful morning glory Dale! Never seen that shape of leaves with morning glories, I like it.

The queen among native flowers in many European countries is Nymphaea alba (White waterlily), not only for its large size reaching appr. 15 cm diameter but also for its stunning purety and beauty.
Even though it doesn't get the amount of sun it should get, it still blooms for grateful me in my little pond.

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2007
1:06 PM

Post #3681684

Another angle;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2007
1:07 PM

Post #3681688

Going into its heart

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2007
1:12 PM

Post #3681703

Its leaves are very large and beautiful; (up to 40 cm diameter).

unfolding;

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2007
1:13 PM

Post #3681707

just unfolded new leaf

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2007
1:14 PM

Post #3681711

and here serving as a luxurious sun chair!

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