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Today's flower block is another spring flower. Daffodil flowers are trumpet-shaped set on a star arrangement of petals. They come in shades of yellow and white. Usually the trumpet is a different shade than the petals. I love seeing these flowers in spring. It is a sure sign that warmer weather is upon us.
With spring just around the corner in the northern hemisphere I thought this flower was an obvious choice. According to my reading online tulips are the most popular spring flowers of all time and the third most popular over all after roses and chrysanthemums. An even more interesting fact about tulips is apparently the bulb is a good replacement for onions in cooking - a little expensive I would say, but I guess if you cannot get to the store, then maybe a good solution.
Morning Glories have a trumpet shaped flower and grow on a vines. I have seen them mostly in shades of blue and purple, but they also come in yellow, white and red. Their name tells us all, they love the morning sunshine.
Aquilegia. I never knew until the other day that this was the real name for the flower I have always known a Granny Bonnet. The word Aquilegia derived from the Latin word Eagle (aquila). It was named this because its outer petals resemble the claw of an eagle. The common name Columbine is the Latin word for dove. I never knew this either. The name Granny Bonnet was born because the flower looks just like a granny's bonnet - you know the kind, like granny had in the story Little Red Riding Hood.
My mother sent me a photo of a petunia (shown below) so of course I needed to make a petunia block. After doing a little research online I found plenty of petunia photos, mostly in pinks and purples but also blue and red among other colors. The red with white look really cool. Apparently most are hybrids developed for specific reasons.
I am sure you knew I couldn't go too long without presenting a poppy block. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers and I have made a number of quilts with poppies over the years. My first ever pattern was Poppy Day. It was designed for a class back in the 90's and then later became the first class taught on Quilt University. For the 10 year anniversary of Southern California quilt run I designed Scenic Paradise which had poppies and my most popular poppy pattern of all is California Poppies. Still a big hit and selling strong. I also have a free poppy block for those who register as a subscriber for our newsletter. I have ideas to make another poppy pattern soon.
I am sure many of you have heard of Manuka Honey. As a young girl I remember eating this. I also remember my father telling me about manuka trees, a native tree to New Zealand, and how his father before him would cut them down as a young man to clear areas for farmland. I remember my father using Manuka for axe and grubber handles, he always said you couldn't beat them for strength. Being a hardwood, it was a great source of heat from our open fire too. I remember pealing the bark off the logs to get the fire started.
It's the last day of February so what better time than to review all the flower blocks that were released for the month.
Orchids come in many shapes and colors. I have collected a few photos from different areas just so you can see.
I remember as a little girl always seeing Marigolds. Their bright golden orange colors were always easy to spot and recognise. They were probably a common site in gardens because they are hardy and easy to grow, not to mention bright and colorful. After reading a little about them, I understand they are also a natural ointment for inflammation of the skin and an excellent cosmetic remedy for repairing minor skin damage. Another reason for being a popular flower in gardens I'm sure.