Grow Write Guild: Cupid's Dart in Bloom

Saturday, June 22, 2013

This lovely little flower is called Cupid's Dart or Catanache caerulea if you are using the Latin name.  The variety I have is Alba which is white instead of the common pale purple. 
Last spring my sister bought some seed packets, one of which was this packet, and gave them to me to grow for her.  I had never heard of or seen this plant before but I planted the seeds with all the rest of them and didn't really give it much thought.

I planted six plants out in one of the flower beds, but they didn't bloom the first year, instead forming a slightly bluish green rosette of leaves which reminded me a bit of a dandelion.  I was pleasantly surprised when they took off this spring, sending up the most beautiful flower buds.

Both the buds and the flowers are excellent in cut arrangements and they look lovely in the flower bed, especially when back lit.  They sway in the slightest breeze and spill between the other plants.

 Now that I have found these easy beauties, I want to add a bunch more to my garden.  In a quick Google search I discovered they are native to the Mediterranean which explains their drought tolerance.  Their name supposedly comes from their use by the ancient Greeks as an ingredient in a love potion.  See more here.

This post is written in response to the writing prompt found here by You Grow Girl as part of the Grow Write Guild.

Grow Write Guild : The Landscape of Home

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A portion of our land is an un-farmable hillside.  This scrubby sagebrush landscape may not look like much at first glance, but that is part of its charm.  My favorite time is when the dasiy-like yellow flowers bloom in spring, but if you look carefully, there are always beautiful wildflowers tucked in among the different kids of sage brush.  There was a similar hillside behind my parents house and we spent many summer days exploring and searching for bunnies.

These last two photos were actually flowers I had never seen before.  That is what I love about having some "wild space."  You can go exploring without ever leaving home and you never know what you might find.

 Our cows graze the hillside in the summer and their coats get all nice and shiny because of the high oil content of the cheat grass that grows all over.

 This post is written in response to the writing prompt found here by You Grow Girl as part of the Grow Write Guild.

Califorina Poppy

Saturday, June 8, 2013

These Ballerina Double California poppies reseeded themselves from a plant I got last year.  I think they are even more beautiful the second time around.  I plan to save some seeds so I can spread them to other places in the garden.  Their sunset hues and frilly petals always catch my eye when I walk past them.  I took these photos just after a light rain.  The overcast sky quickly turned sunny again.