Saturday, September 5, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS ..Hops and Sedum wreath..Kranz mit Hopfen und Sedum ..

TODAY'S FLOWERS from around the world
can be viewed here:
The month of September brings us many beautiful flowers,
warm sunshine and blue skies.
I collected hops and sedum in the garden, to create this wreath for our house.
Der Monat September beschert uns viele herrliche Blumen,
warmen Sonnenschein und blauen Himmel.
Vom Garten habe ich Hopfen und Sedum geholt und diesen Kranz gebunden.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Queen Anne's lace- Wilde Möhre - Daucus carota subsp. carota with spider (right side)

The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line. -
(Alexander Pope, 1688-1744)

Daucus carota (common names include wild carrot, (UK) bird's nest, bishop's lace, and (US) Queen Anne's lace) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, southwest Asia and naturalised to northeast North America; domesticated carrots are cultivars of a subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. sativus.
Daucus carota is a variable biennial plant, usually growing up to 1 m tall and flowering from June to August. The umbels are claret-coloured or pale pink before they open, then bright white and rounded when in full flower, measuring 3–7 cm wide with a festoon of bracts beneath; finally, as they turn to seed, they contract and become concave like a bird's nest.
The dried umbels detach from the plant, becoming tumbleweeds.
Very similar in appearance to the deadly Water Hemlock, Daucus carota is distinguished by a mix of bi-pinnate and tri-pinnate leaves, fine hairs on its stems and leaves, a root that smells like carrots, and occasionally a single dark red flower in its center.
Die in Mitteleuropa heimische Wilde Möhre (Daucus carota subsp. carota) ist ein Elternteil der Gartenmöhre oder Karotte. Die Gartenmöhre (Daucus carota ssp. sativa) ist vermutlich ein Kreuzungsprodukt aus der Wilden Möhre (Daucus carota ssp. carota), der südeuropäischen Daucus carota ssp. maximus und evtl. der orientalischen Daucus carota ssp. afghanicus. Sie gehört zur Familie der Doldenblütler (Apiaceae). Im Gegensatz zur Gartenmöhre ist die Speicherwurzel der Wilden Möhre bleich und nicht orange.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' Buddleia - New introduction...

New in our garden from Proven Winners!!

Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip Buddleia'
A miniature Butterfly bush isn’t just for butterflies.
Not this one, anyway.
Loved by many insects and hummingbirds.
Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip Buddleia' is fragrant and features long-lasting purplish-bluish flowers.
Who wouldn’t want a shrub that’s easy to grow and maintain, and heat, cold, frost and drought tolerant?

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Du hast gefragt Birgit, gab es einen El Presidente I?

TIGER, El Presidente I
wurde von seiner früheren Besitzerin verlassen und heimatlos irrte er herum.
Tiger fand unseren Garten, damit ein neues Heim und für immer einen Platz in unserem Herzen.
Im Alter von 13 Jahren verliess er uns und lebt nun im Katzenhimmel.
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Catch of today...

Maximus, El Presidente II,
I did my job, what have you done today??
A garden without cats,
it will be generally agreed,
can scarcely deserve to be called a garden at all.-
(Beverly Nichols)