July 23rd, 2010
A purple July
Posted by Francesca
Sharkey and I took a break from taping our new baking show - ha-ha! We went outside and stopped to smell the flowers. We noticed that many flowers in Martha's garden are various shades of purple. We'll have to ask her about that.
1 Sharkey, look at those amazing purple blooms in the shade garden.
2 Martha said they were astilbe flowers, but don't you think they look an awful lot like fluffy squirrel tails?
3 Here are some more purple blooms. I think these are the bell-shaped flowers of hosta. Did you know that white hosta flowers smell sweeter than lavender ones?
4 Ah-ha! Here's another purple bloom. It looks like an hibiscus flower!
5 It is, in fact, Hibiscus syriacus 'Bluebird' and hummingbirds are very attracted to its flowers.
6 And look at these violet flowers just covered with bees!
7 It's a 'Double Violet' Rose of Sharon. Do you remember in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath that Rose of Sharon is a major character? It's a pretty flower and a pretty name.
8 Oh, wow! I guess the purple allium have faded away. We'll have to wait till next year to see them again.
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