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    It's time to start another photo presentation thread and Flowers and Flower Gardens Photos has enough subject matter for all interested members for a great number of posts.

    Just great straight pictures is okay, but better would be to at least name the flowers and gardens and supply some background info.

    My first flower will be:

    California State Flower

    California State FlowerThe Golden Poppy or California Poppy or California Golden Poppy is the California State Flower. Golden Poppy is a perennial and one of the earliest wild flowers to grow in gardens. The Golden Poppy is most beautiful when setting California's rolling hills ablaze with its golden blooms. Golden Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) is also sometimes known as the Flame Flower, la amapola, and Copa de Oro (cup of gold).

    The Golden Poppy, belonging to the Papaveraceae family, grows wild throughout California, and became the state flower in 1903. Every year April 6 is California Poppy Day, and May 13-18 is Poppy Week. Golden Poppy are also called as Flanders poppies - Corn Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas), Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule), The Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale).

    Golden Poppy blossoms are 2-3 inch cups of gold, bronze, scarlet, terra cotta, rose or white. Golden Poppy bloom on plants with silvery green foliage, about a foot high and usually broader than they are tall. Golden Poppy flowers are seen from February to September. The Golden Poppy flowers are 1-2 inches across, with four wide fan-shaped petals, and many stamens.










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    Fireweed is the common North American name for Chamerion angustifolium, a perennial herbaceous plant that is also the floral emblem for the Yukon Territory. The plants prefer open space and plenty of light and they are quick to colonize cleared or burned-over land, hence aptly named 'Fireweed'. They are also one of the very first plants to emerge in the spring and the tender red-tipped fronds are an important first green for many creatures and were a wild food for indigenous and pioneer people.

    This is a Fireweed sprig. They are best harvested prior to 4 inches in height and can be used raw in salads, stir-fried or lightly steamed or boiled.




    In this photo, you can see how fireweed has colonized a burned area after a forest fire went through.



    Fireweed blooms from the lower part of the spire and progresses upward and when the blossoms on the top have flowered and gone to seed, it is an indicator of late summer, early autumn.



    The following is a picture of Fireweed gone to seed, taken on the day that I delivered one of my former horses, to one of my riding students late in the summer several years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    OOOOO This is going to be fun!!!!
    Yes , It will be. I love natural beauty. I cant keep myself away from this thread like lighthouses. I love flowers and gardens.
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    Arizona State Flower

    Saguaro Cactus Blossom

    In 1901 the saguaro’s blossom was adopted as the official territorial flower, and later, in 1931, it was confirmed as the state flower. The saguaro cactus typically blooms in May and June. It is one of the most unique state flowers, and is characterized by having a waxy feel, but fragrant aroma. There may be hundreds of flowers on a saguaro cactus that bloom just several at a time over a period of more than a month. The saguaro flowers have a short life; they open at night and close permanently during the next day. Many of the blossoms will become pollinated and, later in the summer, the flowers become red-fleshed fruits that are enjoyed by the local bird population.









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    Texas Bluebonnet

    The bluebonnet was designated the official state flower of Texas in 1901. Also called buffalo clover, wolf flower, and el conejo (spanish for "the rabbit"), bluebonnets are to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland.

    The bluebonnet is not only the state flower - Texas has also designated an official bluebonnet tartan, song, city (Ennis, Texas), festival (Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival), and trail (also in Ennis). The bluebonnet flower is named for the color and sunbonnet-shaped petals.

    The home of the bluebonnet - the North American prairie - is one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth. The grasslands of North America began to form about 20 million years ago, but in some areas up to 99 percent of the prairie has been destroyed (in just the last 125-150 years). Wildflowers are the jewels of public lands - tread lightly, take only photos and memories - do not pick flowers or dig up plants.

    The original 1901 legislation specified Lupinus subcarnosus, but was amended in 1971 to include L. texensis and "any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded" (there are at least four other species of bluebonnet growing in Texas: L. havardii, L. concinnus, L. perennis, and L. plattensis). L. texensis and L. subcarnosus are native to Texas.











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    There is one very beautiful plant that I have a campaign against because I have horses and occasionally visitors with small children and small children are well known to place hand to mouth and taste test all manner of things.

    Death camas (Zigadenus venenosus) is a native perennial herb that is found from British Columbia to southwestern Saskatchewan. The plant is one of the most toxic springtime plants, especially to sheep. Cattle and horses are also occasionally poisoned. Swine vomit the plant so readily that no natural cases of poisoning have been reported. Poultry may also be poisoned, although there are no reported cases. Honey bees are poisoned by the nectar and pollen (Kingsbury 1964, Barker 1978; Panter and James 1989). Humans have also been poisoned after ingesting the bulbs, which were mistaken for other plants such as onions (Allium spp.) or camas (Camassia quamash). Ingesting the flowers and flower buds has caused poisoning in children (Cameron 1952, Spoerke and Spoerke 1979). These plants should be considered poisonous to all livestock and humans.
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    Now a days I am seeing this Mustard flower in my area a lot. When I was baby i played in the Mustard fields. I still miss those sweet days. and my friends at that time. I miss those silly moments of my life. At that time i lived in a new cosmos. My entire aim of life was to play hide and seek with friends. and My mother always searched for me in whole of village. Or she sent search parties. This seems funny. But whenever I remember about past time I feel sad. Now these flowers are the reminiscences of my past. i am sharing with you my memories.

    Mustard plant are any of several plant species in the genera Brassica and Sinapis. Mustard seed is used as a spice. Grinding and mixing the seeds with water,vinegar or other liquids, creates the yellow condiment known as mustard. The seeds can also be pressed to make mustard oil, and the edible leaves can be eaten as mustard greens.


















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    From poisonous to edible...

    Violas are one of the flowers that I like to grow each year. Although they are perrenial, they often do not survive our harsh climate and so we grow them as an annual with the occasional 'volunteer' survivng to propagate in a niche. They come in a wide variety of colors and enjoy cool and shade although some newer varieities have been bred to be more tolerant of heat. In this land of extremes, our summer temperatures can vascillate wildly from near freezing to 30C so it takes a hardy plant to tolerate and thrive such conditions.

    The pretty flowers can be used to garnish baking and salads as well.




    There are many varieties and colors of violas, with new ones being developed almost every year, which makes the garden catalogs a lot of fun to go through each spring. This variety is Sorbet Mixed, and it grew very well in this climate the year that I trialed it.

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    Indiana State Flower: Peony

    The peony (Paeonia) was designated as the state flower of Indiana in 1957 (from 1931 to 1957 the zinnia was the state flower). No particular variety or color of peony was designated by the Indiana General Assembly. The Peony flower occurs in single and double forms and is cultivated widely throughout Indiana.

    This showy flower blooms in various shades of red, pink, yellow, and white in late spring and early summer. Peonies are also extensively grown as ornamental plants for their very large, often scented flowers.

    Native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America, the peony is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture.











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    Passion Flower?
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    The wild rose is a lovely flower and the seed pods of this plant are exceptionally high in vitamin C. The hips (seed pods) and the petals can be used to make jelly and wine also.

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    This is a spectacular piece of work, the pathway, fencing, arbor, rock work and of course, the plants.

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    Washington State Flower

    Coast Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum), also known as California Rhododendron or California Rosebay is the State flower of Washington. Rhododendron is referred to as the King of Shrubs and they are the best flowering evergreen plants for the temperate landscape.

    In 1892, before they had the right to vote, Washington women selected the coast rhododendron as the state flower. They wanted an official flower to enter in a floral exhibit at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Six flowers were considered, but the final decision was narrowed to clover and the "rhodie," and voting booths were set up for ladies throughout the state. When the ballots were counted, the rhododendron had been chosen as the Washington state flower.

    The flowers of Coast Rhododendron are are pink to rose-purple, and are rarely white. Coast Rhododendron flowers are 1-1/2 cm long, with 5 wavy-margined petals united to form a broadly bell-shaped corolla. There are 10 stamens, ovary covered with reddish down; flower clusters are terminal and may contain 20 or more blooms. Coast Rhododendron flowers blooming period is May-June.











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    Hawaii State Flower

    The official state flower is the yellow hibiscus (hibiscus brackenridgei), also known as the pua aloalo. Hawaiians originally adopted the hibiscus flower (of all colors) as their official Territorial flower in the early 1920s. It wasn’t until 1988, however, that Hawaii’s legislature legally adopted the yellow hibiscus as the official state flower.

    The hibiscus originated in Asia and the Pacific islands. It is believed that there were originally only five hibiscus species native to the Hawaiian islands. Subsequently, other varieties were imported, and growers began to develop unique hybrids to produce the variety of colors and sizes found today.











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    Oahu Flower

    Oahu’s flower is the yellow ilima (Sida fallax), which is a very popular flower used for leis. Each flower is about an inch across and somewhat resembles a small hibiscus. Early Hawaiians used ilima flowers as a cure for general illnesses. Juice from the pressed flowers was given to children, and pregnant women sometimes ate the flowers until childbirth.



    Big Island Flower

    The official flower of the Big Island is the red ohia, which is the blossom of the native ohia tree. Lehua blossoms can also be orange, yellow or white. The flower is often used for leis. It’s said that the lehua flower is sacred to Pele, Hawaii’s volcano goddess.



    Kauai Flower

    Kauai’s flower actually isn’t a flower at all: The mokihana (Pelea anisata) is a green berry grown only on the slopes of Mount Waialelae. Strung like beads and woven with strands of maile, these hardy berries have a scent of anise.



    Maui Flower

    Maui’s flower is the pink lokelani (Rosa damascena), or pink cottage rose. Brought to the Islands in the 1800s, the lokelani is prized by gardeners for its beauty and fragrance. The lokelani is the only non-native plant to be recognized as the official flower of any of the Hawaiian islands.



    Molokai Flower

    The flower of Molokai is the white kukui blossom (Aleurites moluccana). These tiny white flowers are popular among Island lei makers.



    Lanai Flower

    Lanai’s flower is the kaunaoa, or yellow and orange air plant. Lei makers take the thin, light orange strands of this vine and twist them together to form leis.





    Niihau Flower

    Niihau’s designated “flower” is the white pupu shell, found on the shoreline of this rocky island. Even uninhabited Kahoolaw has its own official flower, the hinahina (Heliotropium anomalum), a silver-gray plant whose flowers and stems are used in lei making.


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    Oxalis triangularis

    I can't remember another plant that reacts so strongly to light! Red- or green-leaved.

    Its leaves dramatically perk up at sunrise ...


    ... and likewise collapse at sunset.




    For me, the many varieties of Salpiglossis hold the #1 spot for the most royal of the trumpet-like flowers.



    But, when it's all said and done, my heart belongs to the darling fuchsias

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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    So cute..... Soul refreshing
    Can anybody express her emotions while she is embracing this flower?
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    so what do you think is my favorite flower? *laughing*
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    so what do you think is my favorite flower? *laughing*
    Insufficient data to conclude. Do you want me to try?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    so what do you think is my favorite flower? *laughing*
    You forgot one.

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    Florida State Flower - The Orange Blossom

    Designated the state flower by the Florida Legislature in 1909
    Botanical name: Citrus sinensis
    The orange blossom is native to southeast Asia
    Orange Blossom trivia: Orange blossom petals can be made into a citrus scented version of rose water

    When people think of Florida, they conjure up images of sunshine, and beaches and, of course, Florida oranges. It may come as little surprise then that the state flower of Florida is none other than the orange blossom, the flower of the orange fruit tree. Florida is the largest producer of oranges in the United Statorange blossomes. Each spring, the scent of countless flowering orange blossoms fills the air in parts of central and southern Florida.

    The orange tree is an evergreen that reaches heights of 20-30 feet and grows in full sun and in sandy soil. It thrives in Florida, thanks to its climate and typically abundant rainfall. The tree flowers in spring, producing white orange blossoms that are made up of five waxy petals and give off a sweet, fragrant scent. Months after the arrival of its blossoms, the orange tree bears its fruit, which is commonly called the sweet or navel orange.

    Florida's state flower has long been associated with good fortune. Bouquets and tiaras made with fragrant orange blossom flowers were a popular favorite of brides in the Victorian era. The blossoms' ability to both bear flowers and produce fruit is said to represent fertility.

    Orange blossom season is also associated with good times. From 1925 to 1953, a passenger train named the "Orange Blossom Special" brought well-to-do vacationers to sunny Florida from New York, winding its way from Jacksonville to Miami. In the wintertime only, a section of the train trekked to Tampa and St. Petersburg, dropping winter-weary passengers off at resorts for restorative vacations.

    The arrival of orange blossoms continues to be a cause for celebration for some Floridians. In Davie, a small town north of Miami, flower lovers celebrate the arrival of the Florida state flower with the Orange Blossom Festival. The three-day rodeo and music event celebrates Florida's agricultural history.

    Beyond its attractiveness and romantic image, Florida's state flower is also commercially valuable. Products made from the flowers include an essential oil that is sometimes used in natural skin care products and in aromatherapy. Honeybees make a favorite product from the flower: orange blossom honey. Its orange flavor and mild taste make it a popular treat.









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    ... and now for something completely different ...

    Dracunculus vulgaris
    Also known as Dragon Arum, Black Arum, Voodoo Lily, Snake Lily, Stink Lily, Black Dragon, etc.
    It has a reddish purple-black spathe with a black spadix. For one day, it emits a unpleasant and strong rotten flesh odor to attract flies, which then pollinate it.








    — and we're talking a rather big flower.

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    Cleistogamous flowers

    (cleisto = close, gam = marriage) Okay, so what does *this* mean?

    Cleistogamy refers to the ability of some plants to produce seeds from non-opening, self-pollinating flowers. This occurs in many violets (an example of a white variety shown below). The cleistogamous flower, shown on the left, resembles a bud (and is often mistaken for one), compared to the plant's typical flower, shown on the right. However, it will self-pollinate and produce seeds that, in turn, will become clones of the parent plant.

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    The January 12 post of the Golden Poppy has an unauthorized copy of my photo.

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    I am the photographer of this photo and the legal owner!

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    ... and now for something completely different ...

    Dracunculus vulgaris
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    It has a reddish purple-black spathe with a black spadix. For one day, it emits a unpleasant and strong rotten flesh odor to attract flies, which then pollinate it.










    — and we're talking a rather big flower.


    *running as fast as I can*....it is a penis plant!
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    Banksia prionotes
    (aka Acorn Banksia)

    While not much to look at,
    it is something to admire!
    (Continue reading below.)





    The photo above illustrates the reason for its common name, "Acorn Banksia". Being a cluster of florets, technically known as an inflorescence, the florets begin as small white buds and blossom as bright orange. In the way that sunflower florets blossom from the edge toward the middle, so the Banksia blossoms from the bottom up. When the Banksia flowers are thus partially blossomed, they resemble a white acorn with an orange cap, thus the common name Acorn Banksia.

    But wait, there's more!

    Banksia is known as a "keystone species", which is a species that has a significantly greater impact on its ecosystem relative to its abundance. Banksia provides food for a many different animals during autumn and winter. Especially dependent on the Banksia is the honeyeater, shown below. Banksia is common in southwestern Australia, and is especially crucial to the Avon Wheatbelt because it's the only source of nectar in the bioregion at certain times of the year, which allows the honeyeater to survive there. In turn, the honeyeater is crucial in pollinating a variety of plants and trees in the bioregion.

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    A snap shot from last spring:



    And a swamp lantern, my favorite sign of spring catching one's eye in low patches along the road before most plants bud their leaves. They are scientifically interesting as well because they are thermogenic, producing heat to melt snow around them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    swamp lantern [...] thermogenic, producing heat to melt snow around them.
    Wow, warm-blooded plants ... as it were.

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    Most assuredly, all in fun. Have a glass on me.

    And I never knew what columbines looked like, or were so beautiful. This was on a page about columbines — is it possibly one? I am seeing petals within petals, right?



    source

    I looked around, they are called "double columbines". How is this possible?? Now I'm fascinated!



    Possibly petals within petals within petals ...

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    This chipmunk is holding a Centaurea or 'Bachelor Buttons' flower. They are very easy to grow from seed although they do not much care to be transplanted.



    The following is Centaurea Montana, a perennial as far north as the southern prairies in Canada. In the Yukon, we grow Centaurea as an annual because they will not over winter.

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