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Impatiens balfourii-Kashmir balsam for Macro Flowers Saturday

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #65!


Let's see your beautiful weekend flowers!

Here is my little wildflower:
Impatiens balfourii-Kashmir balsam is a member of the huge impatiens family, frequently called, touch-me-not flowers.
They are native to the mountainous regions of Kashmir, brought to Europe as garden plants. Now they grow wild along rivers and sites with increased humidity.

Unlike its garden variety, the Impatiens Balsamina, these plants grow much taller (over 100cm tall) forming large colonies mostly along rivers and places with increased humidity.
Impatiens balfourii-Kashmir balsam
Its small flowers are very beautiful with a white sepal forming a thin spur. The other two petals are lavender or pink, extending forth from the mouth. I took these photos in our backyard but they look more stronger when growing wild.
Kashmir balsam-close up

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Chicory flower-Cichorium intybus for Macro Flowers Saturday

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #64!


Let's see what do you have to share this weekend!

Here is my entry:
This lovely blue wildflower is the chicory (Cichorium intybus), the well known coffeeweed.
Though native to Europe, it lives as a wild plant on roadsides in many parts of the world. I'm sure yo all know it, if not, your grandparents do.
Chicory flower-blue sailors photo
Root chicory has been in cultivation in Europe as a coffee substitute and additive in darker times, during economic crises like after World War II.
Bee on chicory flower
Wild chicory leaves have a bitter taste and are appreciated in certain cuisines for it in Italy, Spain, in Greece and Turkey as well. The leaves lose from their bitterness by cooking and sauteed with garlic and other ingredients, the resulting greens might be combined with pasta or served near meat dishes.
Common chicory-coffeeweed
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Chrysanthemum Coronarium flower-Shingku-Chop Suey Greens

Garland chrysanthemum-Chrysanthemum Coronarium, for some is just a pretty flower but for many, a precious vegetable.
Crown daisy, on its other name, is a leaf vegetable in the genus Chrysanthemum, native to the Mediterranean and East Asia.
The plant is not just rich in minerals but it contains various antioxidants in its stem, leaf and root tissues.
Chrysanthemum Coronarium flower-Shingku-Chop Suey Greens
Shingku-Chop Suey Greens
This popular green vegetable is also known as Chop Suey Greens or shungiku in Japan. It is widely used in soups and stir fry dishes or added to green salads in China, Korea and Vietnam, as well.

Chrysanthemum Coronarium flower-Glebionis coronaria
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Colorful zinnia flowers for Macro Flowers Saturday

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

I can't wait to see your beautiful summer flowers! I hope you have lots of beauties for today's entry.
Here is my entry:
Zinnia flowers are one of summer's most strikingly colored flowers. Butterflies seam to appreciate them too for their pollen.
Though they are not the most showy flowers, they are definitely the most drought tolerant of all summer blooms.
I spend some time at the garden center among these zinnia flower to capture a butterfly with not much success. They don't stay put for a moment.
Bright red and yellow zinnia flowers
Butterfly on a pink zinnia
What is flowering in your garden in this hot summer month?

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Billiard Spirea shrubs-Spiraea x billiardii flowering

Another summer flowering shrub is the Spiraea x billiardi or Billiard Spirea.
We have hedges of this hardy deciduous shrub everywhere on the streets, near the sidewalk but I never paid attention to its flowers till now.

The tiny flowers are beautiful, pink-purple colored, on 10-20cm (4-8 in) cone shaped panicles. With their long stamens the flower stems looks like bottle washer brushes but on a closer look they are really beautiful.
Spiraea x billiardii 'Triumphans'-Billiard Spirea picture
Billiard Spireas flower from June to August doing well in full sun or part shade exposure.
These summer blooming shrubs grow to a height 1.5 m - 2 m with the same spread and they are decorative kitchen garden plants or flowering hedges, when planted in groups.
Spiraea x billiardii- pink flowering shrub
Spiraea x billiardii 'Triumphans' is a hybrid between Spiraea douglasii and Spiraea salicifolia.
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Rose of Sharon-Althea rose pictures

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday!

Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus started flowering.

These late summer flowering shrubs are very popular ornamental plants, esteemed for their large, pink, white, lavender and purple flowers.
Though the flowers are very short lived, Rose of Sharon shrubs are prolific bloomers flowering over a long summer-autumn blooming period, when not much else is blooming.
Rose of Sharon flowers against the blue sky
Like all hibiscus types, Rose of Sharon flowers bear a large stamen packed with pollen, to the delight of bees.
Pink Rose of Sharon-macro photography

Rose of Sharon care:

  • Rose of Sharon bushes are very hardy, almost carefree, drought-tolerant plants. All they need is a sunny sight or part shade (afternoon shade) and watering once in a while.
  • Pruning is necessary especially during its first two seasons, to shape the shrub as to your preference. In late winter you have to cut it back hard, don't worry about the dears in your zone, they will do a useful job for you.
  • Being late summer bloomers, Rose of Sharon shrubs take most of the spring off, so don't worry about you shrub being dead. In our parts they usually leaf out in May.

Propagation and problems with Rose of Sharon shrubs:

As beautiful as the flowers are, Rose of Sharon shrubs can escape very fast and become a nuisance.
The shrub is a prolific seed producer, reproducing itself each year. New seedlings sprout from seed, taking over the garden, killing other plants and producing much damage.
A two years old, established shrub has tap roots extending deep in the ground, making very difficult to remove or even kill the plant.
White Rose of Sharon-macro photography

Where to plant Rose of Sharon shrubs?

  • Rose of Sharon or Althea rose grows 2-4m tall working well as a beautiful natural fence, an ornamental privacy screen, a colorful living wall with great texture, when planted in a row.
  • The shrubs can be trimmed for a neat, colorful hedge as well.
  • Never plant this shrub in your flower garden or near your house.
Rose of Sharon tree embracing a power pole A few years back we planted a row of Rose of Sharon at a distance of about 3m from the house and neglected pruning. In no time the plant reproduced itself till the windows, new seedlings coming out even through the crevices of the concrete sidewalk. It was impossible to pull them out, so we had a hard time to cut off all of the limbs of the plant with a hand saw.
This aggressive plant kills even the power pole, if left alone. Still I admire its gorgeous flowers on other peoples' property.

This was a long post, thanks for your patience if you could read it till the end and
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

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Yellow-burgundy Tango lily-Asiatic lily close-up picture

These beautiful yellow lilies with burgundy spots are called the Tango lilies. They are Asiatic lily hybrids, flowering in June-July with larger flowers than other Asiatic lilies.
On these lilies, the solid, velvety burgundy color in the flower center breaks down to small dots, spreading out along the edges of the petals.
The flowers come in yellow, orange pink, red or white flowers sprinkled with a contrasting color on the throat of the blooms.
Yellow-burgundy%2BTango%2Blily%2Bmacro
Its leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, of a glossy green color.

These lovely tango lilies in the photo are grown in pots by a friend of mine.
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Pink garden geranium-Pelargonium hortorum

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #61!

This is my pink geranium that I've cut in pieces a month ago. Though summer is not the right time to propagate plants, I wanted to fill a window box with geraniums. I was lucky, all the cuts survived and they are blooming like nothing happened.
Pink geranium close-up

Here is a red geranium and a cranesbill geranium too.

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