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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 .
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.