Searching for Blooms at the Farm

Posted by F&S

We've had some chilly, rainy weather here at the farm and after the rain, the temperatures got quite hot.  These are not the most ideal conditions for spring flowers and many blossoms have faded away.  However, we persevered and found blooms in the blue family.

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Francesca, Martha's lovely purple and white iris are in full bloom.  This type is called a bearded iris.  We should look around and see what other flowers in the blue family are blooming.

1 Francesca, Martha's lovely purple and white iris are in full bloom. This type is called a bearded iris. We should look around and see what other flowers in the blue family are blooming.

Well, Sharkey, I see that the allium have opened up.  These show-stopping globes are in the onion family.

2 Well, Sharkey, I see that the allium have opened up. These show-stopping globes are in the onion family.

This bluish flower is a herb called comfrey.  Comfrey has been used by herbalists on the skin to treat wounds and reduce the inflammation from sprains and broken bones.

3 This bluish flower is a herb called comfrey. Comfrey has been used by herbalists on the skin to treat wounds and reduce the inflammation from sprains and broken bones.

These pretty blue flowers are Spanish Bluebells - Hyacinthoides.  They are unfussy members of the lily family that reproduce rapidly, spreading every year.

4 These pretty blue flowers are Spanish Bluebells - Hyacinthoides. They are unfussy members of the lily family that reproduce rapidly, spreading every year.

Here are some Aquilegia, or Columbine.  They are hardy perennials, despite their delicate appearance.

5 Here are some Aquilegia, or Columbine. They are hardy perennials, despite their delicate appearance.

Sharkey, the nepeta, or catmint is blooming away!  Cats get kind of tipsy smelling this herb.

6 Sharkey, the nepeta, or catmint is blooming away! Cats get kind of tipsy smelling this herb.

Franny, I've seen Vivaldi tripping out on this stuff.  Do you think it's affecting me now?

7 Franny, I've seen Vivaldi tripping out on this stuff. Do you think it's affecting me now?

Don't be ridiculous, Sharkey.  Get a load of all these chive flowers!  Allium schoenoprasum, is the smallest species of the edible onions.  You can even eat the flowers!

8 Don't be ridiculous, Sharkey. Get a load of all these chive flowers! Allium schoenoprasum, is the smallest species of the edible onions. You can even eat the flowers!

And these tiny blue flowers are brunnera, whose common name is Siberian bugloss.

9 And these tiny blue flowers are brunnera, whose common name is Siberian bugloss.

Sprays of blue flowers, similar to forget-me-nots - a related species, are borne in Spring.  They're so sweet!

10 Sprays of blue flowers, similar to forget-me-nots - a related species, are borne in Spring. They're so sweet!

Comments (10)

  • Hello everyone,
    You know, that allium flower made me think of something. You know those hats they were on the side of their heads in England, well, you girls could wear the allium flower on the side of your heads. I think that would look very stylish. But, if it is related to the onion, you might get hungry if you have the flower hats on too long. Hehehehehehehe
    Well Glue Squad, I am headed to the deck. It is cookout right now but it will be stinking hot in a few hours. Karen is getting ready to go somewhere. She said it is a big surprise and I will find out when she gets home later today. She said it is a surprise that I will really like. Now I will be thinking all day till she comes back home. I will think and think till I get dizzy. I know me. I will be dizzy. I call it the Think Too Much Dizzy Syndrome. Hehehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    So it is a “blue” Wednesday at your place. Some people have a blue Monday when they have to go to work. Err, not the same thing you say. I’m becoming like Maddox; thinking too much. Next thing I’ll be dizzy and have to take a nap. Hehehehehe Had a lot of thunder last evening but no rain. Guess the storm was miles away. I’ve seen so much on the TV about the big storms out west. They talk about the loss of life and buildings. As of yet they haven’t said anything about the pets. Keep your paws together for them as well as the people.
    Catch you late, Kirby.

  • Good morning ladies,
    What lovely flowers. The columbine here is really big and nice this year. I think it was all the rain and lack of rabbits that helped. The chives are huge too! I need to help Mimi dig out a couple of clumps. We are moving them over by the tomatoes.
    Mimi read a book, "Follow the River", and they used comfrey to make a poultice for a badly broken arm. Oh, Mimi says it is a great read and highly recommends it to all.
    Ducklings are back! I was worried. The geese brought their goslings up to peck around under our bird feeder. Their honking makes me bark. I don't scare them very much, though.
    I think I'm getting dizzy, too! Off to my morning siesta!
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    This is a beautiful day getting to see all the lovely purple and blue blossoms. Sadly with the freezes of recent we only had about 10 little lilac blossoms. It is good to see your flowers, so that helps. Everyone seems to be in dizzy state this morning----Maddox, Kirby and Rebel, oh my! Mom and Dad said they got dizzy during the garage sale because there is a main blvd. near by and there is a dispensary of "grass" and it smells like skunk believe it or not. If you guys were having deck time around here you would be real dizzy. Oh, and guess what we spotted in the back 40 yesterday just sunning himself on a ladder? A wood chuck!! Dad calls him a whistle pig. He is sure a porker and we named him Elvis. So our code is Elvis is in the building and that means he is here and sunning, and when we say, Elvis has left the building, he is gone. Better get to helping the folks garden. Have a GEM of a day to all my buddies.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Hi sweet girl friends! I just love seeing all of these beautiful blooms at the farm today! Not only are they all beautiful, but you are, also!! I love to go out and smell all of those things, too! I have a feeling that those comfrey plants might be good for my 2 uncles who have problems with their feet and legs! Did Vivaldi get out to smell that catmint? Sure hope you have another great day and say Hi to GK! Hey Maddox, you sure sound really silly today! Hope Karen lets you know where she went real soon! Kirby, sure hope you don't get dizzy either! I did hear that many of the animals were safe after that awful tornado in Oklahoma! It was so great to hear the great comments from the rest of you buddies later yesterday and hope to hear from you again today! We are having rain and thunder showers the next few days! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • For some reason Kitty's post yesterday did not show up...oh well she tried! if it's still in the system delete the "type kitty symbols" maybe that will work.
    I find it amazing that all the flowers are blue...I told my husband that when I planted our flowers and plants they were all cuttings and I had no idea what color or what plans they were...and guess what, ALL my flowers are blue right now and a variety just like shown here in the photos...I did have the surprise of the Lilac this year...next color that comes up will be yellow.
    How you all have a nice day...

    Hugs,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi fellow glue squaders..wet and cold this a.m., Marine layer came inland..You doggers are funny dizzy guys..what a ground hog..wow..never had seen one..now they would be cool guys to spy on!..I saw some baby wood ducks down in the pond at the end of the driveway..and I see we have mom raccoons...must go see if my cat crunchie bowl is full...later...

  • Dizzy among the flowers again what a fun day you ladies had! :smile:

  • Hello F&S&GK and all the Glue Squad buddies:
    Well not much going on here today, still stinky hot and humid, we come out in the morning and then in the evening, but the a/c is our best friend during the day. The flower lesson today was very interesting, blue is a very nice colour and our Mom has some of those flowers in her garden. She said she wouldn't be taking any of her flowers to the new house, but I can see her thinking about it .... I'll bet we end up with pots of perennials in the moving truck .... I will certainly help dig, I'm really good at it! Everything is getting really chaotic in the house, stuff is everywhere now - oh well, we are going to our breeder for a vacation in a couple of weeks and when we come back we'll be in our new house, yes! Well gotta go, I think we will all be getting summer dos soon, me not so much (just a trim), but Martha/Lucy for sure get the #7 (kinda like the drive through). Everyone will be a lot cooler for sure.
    Love ya all - Riley (devil dog), Lucy and Martha.

  • Hey to Frannie, Sharkey, GH and all the Glue Squaders!
    Our lilacs bloomed a couple weeks ago. Mom had a beautiful bouquet in the dining room. They smelled so good.
    We have a wood-chuck living under the Amish barn! Since he lives there we named him Chucky Yoder! Chucky has been our neighbor for at least 4 years now. When we first see him in the spring he is usually skinny, but by fall, Chucky has bulked up for his winter nap. Max and I try to say hello, but he usually runs back under the barn. Don't understand why...hahahahaha.
    It's been hot around here since last weekend, but according to the weather guy it's suppose to be really nice this weekend. I guess that means Mom and Dad will have the cook-out on Sunday. I need to find a place to hide. Max can meet and greet and entertain.
    Blog you guys later!
    Brutus

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