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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Bunch of Flowers

A co-worker picked flowers she saw growing along the road yesterday, and brought the bouquet into work today. She was wondering about the identities of some of the flowers, and soon a small crowd had gathered to discuss which flowers we knew and which ones we didn't.


There were a few I didn't know, and of course I can't leave those sorts of questions unanswered - those are the types of challenges I thrive on! So over lunch I poured over my flower books and figured them out. Here's a photo labeling all the different species in case there's one you wanted to know, too! (Click to see a larger view.)


The one I was especially intrigued by isn't featured very well in the photo - purpleleaf sand cherry. It's a hybrid ornamental shrub rather than a wildflower, but it's so pretty! I can't really find a picture that does it justice for the way it looked today, with little buds like little pink ornaments on stalks surrounding the clusters of flowers. Click here to see a photo that gets pretty close.

8 comments:

Phil said...

And the purple flower in the middle of the photo is? Did i miss a label somewhere?

Vera said...

What a beautiful bouquet! And a great challenge for the office workers.

Monika said...

Phil - I think it's a darker shade of the same rock cress species? I may be mistaken but they're often growing in patches of mixed color.

Daphne Carrington said...

The Purple leaf sand cherry is indeed very beautiful up close. It's too bad it's small to be used for a wedding bouquet. Oh well, I guess I'll stick to hydrangeas, roses, and carnations.

Brooke Perry said...

I also love combining different flowers and display it and make it as a decoration in our house. Well, my favorite is the Lavender flower, aside from its color; this flower gives me the feeling of calmness and therapeutic effect, that’s why my house is full of lavender floral arrangements.

Niamh Hayward said...

Those flowers make a good match; in fact it can be used as a display in your house. Flowers like these are perfect for big vases and displayed in your living room.

Lydia Hope said...

I also use to put flowers in my office desk near our kitchen area; I make it a point that I change the flowers every day to set my mood. Seeing flowers like this one really make things look better and refreshing.

David Saniware said...

I usually buy bouquet flowers if we had fought of my girlfriend or anniversary something like that.