Friday, May 01, 2009

Tiny Flowers

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In between the showy stuff are lots of tiny flowers that you might miss. This is my lone convallaria and it is surrounded by lots of poison ivy. I will have to find another home for this species, but this one is not going to be moved or touched. Too close to danger.

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This native version of the hardy geranium is growing all over the local hillsides. I have a collection of hybridized specimens in my garden, for the flowers, but mostly for the leaves which are beautiful in themselves and turn red in the fall. For example:

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Geranium Rozanne. Very blue fading to lavender. I have one plant but I am hoping it spreads as advertised.

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On the right is a clump of Geranium Vision whose leaves are much smaller and sharply incised. It is planted next to a Geranium Tiny Giant which has yet to bloom.

image We have lots of wild vinca but this one is variegated Vinca Major and it blooms later than the rest. I like Vinca because the voles don’t.

But for really really tiny flowers, you need to bend over and squint for the blossoms on the Thyme.

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12 comments:

  1. I was so pleased to see the rabbits didn't eat my lilies of the valley... and they, too, are surrounded by poison ivy.
    Wish the rain would quit so I could get out there and do a little something. We had over six inches of rain in April.

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  2. How poetic! Poison Ivy protecting the Lily of the Valley... The knight and the princess. Lovely pictures!

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  3. Anonymous8:46 AM

    Why don't you put a large plastic bag over your hand and pull up the poison ivy, then turn the plastic bag over the ivy and dispose of it.

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  4. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Disposable plastic gloves and newpaper bags do it for me.

    Poison ivy will never be any easier to remove. Too bad the birds leave it everywhere.

    Good luck.

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  5. diane3:57 PM

    I always have a problem with poison ivy and the itching and horrible breakouts it involves. A couple years ago I started using Zanfel immediately after being anywhere near poison ivy and I have not had a single breakout. Zanfel is expensive but not as expensive as going to the doctor for a shot or meds, not to mention the itching and misery. Just be careful that you use the Zanfel to wash any part of you that has come in contact with the poison ivy.

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  6. Hmm...never heard of Zanfel, I'll have to check it out! Melody - your photos are exquisite. I love to see little buds of flowers. Good luck staying out of the poison ivy. You must have some around every bend in your woods.

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  7. Being was ahead of us, it is joyous to watch your garden grow. We are getting there now though, tulips are ready and waiting for some sun and warmth and they will pop open.

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  8. JudyDear from Northport9:06 PM

    Hi Ms Mel -

    Especially love the geranium. Ours is up but not blooming yet. Any day now. Each day I find something new has emerged and my heart soars.
    Wondered what camera/lenses you are using for your consistently excellent photography.

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  9. Melody,

    You must have a lovely garden.

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  10. Judy Dear from Northport, I just use the macro feature of my Canon IXY 700. Cropping does the rest.

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