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Friday Flower Hibiscus

Posted by Ruth on 22 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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This week's flower is Hibiscus. Hibiscus are known for their large trumpet-shaped blooms and attractive stamen which seems overly large for the flower. I did a little research to find out some facts about Hibiscus. Hibiscus has a less commonly known name of Rose Mallow. The flowers have five or more petals and they come in many colors of pink, red, orange, yellow and purple. Dried Hibiscus is edible and a delicacy of Mexico and tea is also made from this plant. Hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia and the State flower of Hawaii. There are actually two native Hibiscus plants of Hawaii but only one is named as the State flower.

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Friday Flower Begonia

Posted by Ruth on 15 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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With over 1400 species, Begonia flowers come in many different colors and shapes but I think their most interesting part is their leaves. Many have leaves that are outlined in a reddish color and others have wonderful red designs in them. When doing a search online, I saw some pretty amazing leaves that I think would make great quilts.

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Friday Flower Aster

Posted by Ruth on 8 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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I think the thing I love about Asters is they come in so many different colors. Lots of bright colors in fact. Because of all their bright colors I couldn't decide which color to use so I made my flower block using two shades of pink and two shades of purple. I didn't have a 'real' photo of asters so checked out the Wikipedia online for an image which I've shared here.

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Friday Flower Hydrangea

Posted by Ruth on 1 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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This week's flower is a hydrangea. You most commonly see these flowers in blue but sometimes in a purplish pink shade, it depends on the soil type. If you see the blue flowers it is because they are growing in acidity soil. The following photo is one I found on wikipedia, but it reminds me of the hydrangeas I remember seeing in my music teacher's garden as a little girl.

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Friday Flower Agapanthus

Posted by Ruth on 25 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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Agapanthus is a flower you see around in a lot of places. They are also know as African lilies and Liles of the Nile. I see them a lot in New Zealand, yet these photos were taken while visiting Temecula in Southern California.

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Friday Flower Grape Hyacinth

Posted by Ruth on 18 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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I remember Grape Hyacinth popping up in early spring as a young girl. I loved these little flowers. I am not sure if it was their color (blue being my favorite), the tiny bundle of tightly packed flowers, their bell shape or the fact that they were a sure sign of spring.

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Friday Flower Geranium

Posted by Ruth on 11 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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I was doing a little research on geraniums before starting this block and found there are 422 species. It's no wonder they all look a little different. They are usually seen in warm colors and their leaves are very unique making them easy to identify. Mum took a couple of photos of her plants while they were flowering.

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Nine Months of Flowers

Posted by Ruth on 5 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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Nine months of my flower blocks are complete. Have you seen them all? 

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Friday Flower Helenium

Posted by Ruth on 4 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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Helenium is not a common flower to me, but I love the shape of its petals. The flowers are usually yellow or orange. As I was doing some research on it and found out it is also known as sneeze weed. I found this fabulous photo on the wikipedia

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Friday Flower Digitalis

Posted by Ruth on 27 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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I have always know Digitalis as Foxgloves. I remember seeing them growing wild in the fields and believed I shouldn't touch them because they were poisonous, however I later found that medicines called Digitalin can be extracted from them which are used for treatment of heart conditions. Now they are grown in gardens like the one I snapped in this garden.

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