Plants and Flowers



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centaurea montana


lamb's ear

coneflowers and spider flowers

coneflower and baby's breath

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Hi. I know we have a lot of catching up to do.

For now, though, we’re finally home. In our forever spot. We’re never moving again.

I’ll catch you up on everything soon. In the meantime, I love the gardens here at our new place and can’t wait to share them with you. ♥


From Wikipedia:

Hosta is a genus of plants commonly known as hostas, plantain lilies (particularly in Britain) and occasionally by the Japanese name giboshi. Hostas are widely cultivated as shade-tolerant foliage plants. The genus is currently placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae, and is native to northeast Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East). Like many “lilioid monocots”, the genus was once classified in the Liliaceae. The genus was named by Austrian botanist Leopold Trattinnick in 1812, in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host. In 1817, the generic name Funkia was used by German botanist Kurt Sprengel in honor of Heinrich Funk, a collector of ferns and alpines; this was later used as a common name and can be found in some older literature.

Did you know? (I didn’t!) Hostas are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses due to the saponins contained in the plant. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.

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From Wikipedia:

Monarda is a genus consisting of roughly 16 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. The genus is endemic to North America. Common names include bee balm, horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamot, the latter inspired by the fragrance of the leaves, which is reminiscent of bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia). The genus was named for the Spanish botanist Nicolás Monardes, who wrote a book in 1574 describing plants of the New World.

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I think I could photograph bleeding hearts until the cows come home.

lady in a bath

But who knew? (I didn’t!)

Another common name for Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) is the “lady in a bath” flower. 

Not this lady in a bath, though:

Cora and the bar of soap

This one:

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