Sunday, February 1, 2009

Today's Flowers

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This is a post for flowers people often overlook because they grow close to the ground, don't smell and are small. The above photo shows some kind of Veronica, maybe Veronica persica, the Common Field-speedwell. I've always loved these flowers, they spread out all over the lawn and turn it in into a light blue field in the spring.

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This is Cardamine pratensis, Cockoo flower. It attracts bees, bumblebees and butterflies and it's also a host plant for the larvae of the spittlebug. They build a nest made from foam that is called cockoo spit. Very icky when you put your hand in it while picking flowers. The Cockoo flower is edible whe young and tastes a bit like watercress.

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Here's another flower popular with bumblebees: Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea). The young shoots of this plant can be eaten, too, and taste like mint or licorice. It was also used as a medicinal plant because it acts as a diuretic and diaphoretic agent when eaten in larger quantities or when the older plants are eaten.

Don't go and make a salad from these plants unless you are really sure you know what you are doing!! Better just enjoy their colours ;)

See more beautiful flowers over at Today's Flowers

16 comments:

ViennaDaily said...

Great composition in each! And great details too, i bet those are small blossoms? Have a nice week!

VALKYRIEN said...

I agree; very often we overlook small flowers we walk by every day! And then we fail to see beauty that surrounds us at all time! Very nice shots of hidden beauties!

Denise said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed your lovely photographs and have learned so much. Thank you.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Nice photos of these tiny flowers.

Judy said...

These are all such delicate blossoms! I would love to see a field of the speedwell, blooming! It sounds so beautiful!!
Also loved the post about your hermit crabs! I had no idea they could live that long! Or that they were social animals. You must be dedicated to the animals, to have such a large number of them.
Thanks for sharing!

Reader Wil said...

The smallest, humblest plants are often so beautiful and interesting. You made that perfectly clear with your photos.

Darla said...

Very beautiful flowes, sometimes the most important things, in life as well as the garden are overlooked.

Meire said...

Beautiful!

arleena said...

Pretty small flowers and colours are so lovely.

Raven said...

What cute little flowers - I haven't seen them growing here maybe because I live in a hot country.

Gill - That British Woman said...

beautiful photos, and lovely colours....

Gill in Canada

Skies said...

Thanks for those humble flowers but informative composition.

Laerte Pupo said...

Nice post.

Small flowers are the lovely.

Zriz said...

Wow! Love the composition! I actually love taking photos of tiny flowers that look more like weeds than actual flowers! Lovely photos!

Aisha said...

Lol! It's okay if you deleted by accident. :D I love your flower shots! They look beautiful! Wish I have more flowers like these in my place.

Olga said...

those are so pretty! i can see them in a little vase: perfect for casual tea parties.