Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wildflowers

At the bach, I'm pulling out some wild flowers - onion weed mainly - and delighting in others. This little blue flower is growing down the driveway, making me stop to admire the intensity of the blue (the photo does not do the colour justice). Does anyone know what it is? The leaves are like those of a bulb.
The garden is fringed with a tangle of forgetmenots. Every year they appear in their thousands, together with
clambering nasturtiums. I pick the smaller leaves and the best of the flowers to brighten up my salads.
Meanwhile, the broad bean flowers peep out shyly.
















I study them for signs of some tender young bean pods appearing, but there's no sign as yet. And so for now I enjoy them, along with all the other little flowers that have popped up unbidden. Spring is so full of surprises.

Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
—Emerson

6 comments:

Marja said...

Very pretty What a wonderful time of the year isn't it.

lifeonthecutoff said...

Juliet, the grandeur of spring just rushes through cyberspace bringing joy.
I love nasturtium. We haven't had a killing frost yet and mine are, surprisingly, still going.

juliet said...

Thank you Marja and Penny. Fancy the nasturtiums still flourishing in the midwest of the USA, Penny. I like the idea of spring 'rushing through cyberspace bringing joy' - what a lovely image.

realruth said...

I think your blue flowers might be Ipheions, also called Spring Star Flowers. I have them too - they multiply readily and are a lovely sign of spring.

juliet said...

Thank you Ruth, I love the name Spring Star Flowers.
I have just dashed outside to find one to compare with the picture that came up when I googled, but they have all closed up for the night! Wikipedia says they belong to the onion family, and the leaves have a smell of onion when crushed, but I can't smell it at all. Never mind, tomorrow I'll check the flowers.

Lynley said...

The spring star flowers are delightful. I have forget-me-nots by the score too and some flowers on my chatham-island forget-me-not with its marvellous glossy leaves.

I like your peeping broad bean flowers:-)