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Pictures: This Is What We Dream About in Winter

June 18, 2009

Everywhere one goes these days there are splashes of color that demand attention.   There are so many flowers in bloom that we might walk by too quickly and miss them, or (gasp) start to take them for granted.  But when we think about the fact that summer starts this weekend, and the days then start to get shorter………..

Lets not go there.

Instead, lets slow down and look at the beauty around us.

This week after an early morning shower I caught this flower with a ‘teardrop’, and thought it a perfect moment.


The dianthus is bigger and more vibrantly colored than last year, and I wonder if that is to be expected.  Here is why.  Until they came up this year on their own I did not know they were a perennial.  I wonder over the years how many I had bought and planted……..repeat………


Beardtongue and a wonderful yellow form of tickseed are back this year.  They are planted along the ‘coffin door’ walk at our home.  I bought them last year at Kleins Greenhouses, along with other plants, then came home, and started digging the lawn up in a wild frenzy.  That afternoon has produced many blooms.


Plumbago is a plant that our friend Henry had planted in a large container, and I fell in love with it for its color.   I think it will be a summer regular, and here is why.


Double-petal impatiens, and the ever-popular and beautiful daisies never lose their appeal.  For whatever reason they remain very much a part of summer, and without them the season would just not be the same.

(Thanks to our neighbor Sam for the daisy donations!!)



Then there is the plant I bought because I thought it pretty.  No idea what it is, but it seems to be a perennial.  And just fun to look at.  Who knows it may spread and take over the whole neighborhood….


  1. June 23, 2009 10:19 AM


    Many thanks for the flower name. I appreciate it!! I also learned that they are known as Missouri primrose by some. ( A lady that happened to walk by last night, commented on them.)

    Thanks for reading this blog, and have a nice day.

  2. Jake permalink
    June 23, 2009 8:05 AM

    The mystery yellow flower at the end is an evening primrose.

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