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White-pink Azalea-rhododendrons-Macro Flowers Saturday 69

Hello everyone and welcome!

Time flies so fast, here is another weekend and I had no time to post in the meantime.

Let's see your beautiful flower!

Here are my azalea flowers, the last ones taken at the garden center. I was very sad the last time I visited there, employers have changed and photographers are not welcome any more.
But so is life, something is always changing.
Light pink azalea-rhododendron flower-close-up
White azalea-rhododendron with pink edged-close up photo
These are small, potted azaleas, sold as indoor plants. See photos of tall, outdoor azaleas.

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Sacred Datura-Datura wrightii pictures

Welcome everyone!

I'm almost an hour late and I'm very sorry for that but now we can start a new weekend flower show.
Let me see your gorgeous flowers from around the world!

Here is my entry for today, about the Datura:

Unlike the closely related Brugmansia, datura flowers are erect, not pendulous with colors varying from white to yellow, pink, and pale purple.

All datura species are poisonous, deliriant and sometimes used as a hallucinogen.
This is the Datura wrightii or Sacred Datura, a poisonous perennial plant often used as ornamental flower in gardens.
Sacred Datura flowers-Datura wrightiiThis herbaceous perennial grows 30 cm to 1.5 m tall and wide and it's often confused with the Angel's trumpet or Jimsonweed - Datura stramonium.
Its leaves are broad and rounded at the base.

The flowers are strikingly beautiful, with sweetly fragrant white, 5-toothed trumpets up to 20 cm (8 in) long.
It blooms from April to October, but its the first time that I see one.

The flowers open at nearly full dark (as you can see on the photo) and wither a few hours after sunrise the following morning.
In cloudy weather, they may open earlier and last longer.
Sacred Datura close up-Datura wrightii
As by other Datura, the fruit is a spiny capsule, the well known thorn-apple, splitting open when ripe to release the numerous seeds.
Thornapple-Datura seed pod
Angel's trumpet (Datura stramonium) has smaller flowers, tooth-edged leaves and 10-toothed flowers, compared with Sacred Datura.

Datura wrightii is sacred to some native Americans but also used to induce a "recreational hallucination". Similar to Datura stramonium, the plant can induce auditory and visual hallucinations, sometimes ending in a tragedy.
The plant contains Scopolamine that takes away a person's vision and so the panicked consumer becomes involved in accidents.
Now comes the worse part: administering anesthesia in the hospital, combined with the Datura, is usually fatal due to respiratory depression.

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Queen Anne's lace-wild carrot pictures-info

Daucus carota or wild carrot, also known as bird's nest, bishop's lace, is a wild flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, southwest Asia and naturalized to northeast North America and Australia where it is known by the common name "Queen Anne's lace".
It is not known exactly where this name comes from but according to Wikipedia:
"The plant is named after either Anne of Denmark, queen consort of King James I of England/VI of Scotland, or Queen Anne of Great Britain; both queens made lace as a hobby."
Wild Carrot is the ancestor of the domesticated carrots and it is found in sandy or gravelly soils, in wets areas.
Queen Anne's lace-close up-Daucus carota

Plant description:

The plant grows up to 1 m tall, flowering from June to August, with white, lacy flowers.
Its stems are erect and branched.

Its feather-like leaves are finely divided, arranged alternately on the stem, the same as by domesticated carrot. Both stems and leaves are covered with short coarse hairs.

The umbel-shaped inflorescence is produced at the end of the stem, being composed of many individual white flowers and sometimes, a single dark red flower in its center. The umbels are pale pink before they open and bright white and rounded when in full flower, measuring 3–7 cm in width.
Beneath the flower there are several drooping, narrow bracts.
Usually the plant has many secondary umbels produced at the nodes on the stem below the primary umbel.

Spent flower heads (umbels) curl inwards as they turn to seed, they contract and become cup-like, similar to a bird's nest; hence one of its popular names, the "bird's nest."
drooping, narrow bracts of Daucus carota-Queen Anne's lace

Uses:

As a medicinal herb, Queen Anne's lace have been used for thousands of years in the treatment of various complaints including digestive disorders, kidney and bladder diseases, in the treatment of dropsy and also helps in the treatment of diabetes.

The plant is also used to encourage delayed menstruation, but also has a reputation as a contraceptive. It should not be used by pregnant women as it can induce uterine contractions.
Wild carrot leaf tea stimulates the flow of urine and helps to stop the formation of kidney stones.

Like their domestic cousins, wild carrot roots are edible while young but they become too woody quickly.
Queen Anne's lace-wild carrot field

Harvesting:

For medicinal uses harvest entire plant when in flower, and dry for later use. Collect edible roots in spring when young and tender. Seed are gathered in autumn.

Extra caution should be taken when gathering this plant since the wild carrot can be easily confused with its very dangerous relatives from the parsley family like water hemlock (cicuta maculata), poison hemlock (conium maculatum) and fool's parsley (aethusa cynapium), all of which can be deadly.
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Yarrow pictures -description-Achillea millefolium

Yarrow-Achillea millefolium is a member of the aster family, native to the Northern Hemisphere.
There are not many plants with so many names and legends like the yarrow.

Popular in European folk medicine, yarrow has a long history as a powerful healing herb used for wounds, cuts and abrasions.
It was called by the Ancients, the Herba Militaris, the military herb, for its use in staunching the flow of blood from wounds.
Achilles, the Greek mythical figure stanched the bleeding wounds of his soldiers, hence the name of the genus, Achillea.
Other common names such as Staunchweed and Soldier's Woundwort also reflect this medicinal action of the plant.
Yarrow flower-close up picture

Plant description:


Yarrow is frequently found in meadows and along roadsides, blooming from June to October.
The stem of the yarrow is angular and rough, emerging from taproots.
The flowers are produced at the top of branches in flat-topped, compact clusters. Flower color is typically white, but pink or pale purple flowers are common as well.
Leaves are 5–20 cm long, alternate, feathery, with many finely detailed tiny leaflets. The basal leaves are longer than those growing on stem, usually displaying a gentle downward curving arch. Its popular names, Milfoil and Thousand Weed are derived from the many segments of its foliage.
Yarrow-leaves and flowers
The whole plant is more or less covered with white, silky hairs.
Both flowers and leaves have a bitterish, astringent, pungent taste.


Uses in herbal medicine:


Yarrow is a diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic herb.
The most medicinally active part of the plant is the flower.
  • Decoctions have been used to treat inflammations, such as hemorrhoids, and headaches.
  • Infusions of yarrow, taken either internally or externally, are said to speed recovery from severe bruising.
  • Infusions are also used externally as a wash for eczema
  • Very confusingly, the name Nosebleed describes yarrow's property of stanching bleeding of the nose but also causes a bleeding from the nose when the leaves are rolled up and applied to the nostrils, which will thus afford relief to headache. The yarrow seems to act either way.
  • It has been employed as snuff for its mild stimulant effect.
  • On account of the pungency of its foliage it's also called Old Man's Pepper and Old Man's Mustard.
  • Old folk names for yarrow are very suggestive and descriptive for the plant's wide and various uses, like in witchcraft; Yarrow was one of the herbs dedicated to the Evil One, in earlier days, being sometimes known as Devil's Nettle, Devil's Plaything, Bad Man's Plaything, and was used for divination in spells.
  • Today, Yarrow is valued mainly for its action in colds and influenza, and also for its effect on the circulatory, digestive, excretory, and urinary systems.
  • Yarrow essential oil, extracted by steam distillation of the flowers, is used as an anti-inflammatory or in chest rubs for colds and influenza.
Care must be taken when harvesting the flowers; Achillea millefolium can be confused with Water hemlock, (Cicuta) all parts of which is highly poisonous. Water hemlock has a large swelling at the stem base that is not present by Yarrow plants.
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What's blooming in mid-August

Here we are at a new edition of Macro Flowers Saturday and a new weekend.

What new flowers are blooming at this time, at mid August in your gardens?
In our parts autumn flowers are started to bloom and though I'm glad to see them, their appearance signals the end of summer.

Some of the Chrysanthemums species, one of my favorite flowers are already blooming in gardens:
Pink-purple chrysanthemums-close up
Autumn Joy is almost open on sunny places, others are in buds.

Autumn Joy-Sedum-macro
A few lovely cosmos flowers are still holding.

Cosmos flower-close up macro
A Red Admiral butterfly is collecting the last pollen of a butterfly bush flower.

Red admiral on butterfly bush flower
Zinnias are dressed in their faded autumn colors but still beautiful.

Orange Zinnia-macro photo
There are many others but they don't fit all in one post.

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White clover-Trifolium repens-photos-bumblebee talk

"You again, with you camera! Can't you see I'm busy?
Bumblebee on white clover
Of course, this is the White clover! You, simple humans call it a weed, you don't even know where your honey comes from.

Let me tell you, clover is one of the favorite flowers of long-tongued bees. It makes a delicious honey, just ask the honeybees.

White Clover has a high ecological value to wildlife and not only; large hoofed animals, like cattle, horses and sheep also graze on the foliage of clovers.

Don't waste your time, you will not find any four-leaf clover in this lawn, I checked.
Do what you have to do and let me collect this pollen here, to feed my babies. These white clover flowers will turn brown and will be replaced by seedpods soon."

White clover flower-close up
Sorry for the hustle bumblebee, wildflowers are my newest attraction.

Well dear readers, you've already learned the most important things about the White clover from the bumblebee but let me add a few words too:

The White clover-Trifolium repens has a blooming period of several months, from late spring through the fall. The flowers are produced in ball-shaped clusters on flowering stalks that are a little taller than the foliage. The inflorescence is composed of 40 to 100 tinny, pea-shaped, white to pink flowers.
White clover-Trifolium repens flower and leaves
The compound leaves are composed of three oval leaflets with finely serrated margins. Generally but not always, a characteristic, white marking, with the form of an upside down V, is to be seen across the upper surface of each leaflet.

White clover lawn-Trifolium repensWhite clover reproduces by its creeping stems (stolons) rooting at the nodes and by self-seeding as well.
It is able to grow and provide green ground cover in poorer soils. For its ability to fix nitrogen and out compete lawn weeds, white clover is considered to be a beneficial component of natural or organic lawn.

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Erigeron strigosus-Daisy Fleabane-pictures

Daisy Fleabane - Erigeron strigosus is an upright annual or biennial plant in the Aster family (Asteraceae).
It has a worldwide distribution in temperate regions, growing on roadsides, meadows, disturbed areas but in flower gardens as well.

Daisy Fleabane has narrow, ovate leaves, sometimes with a few coarse teeth toward their outer tips.
Daisy Fleabane-Erigeron strigosus close-up
The tinny, about 1cm across, flowers are produced in cluster, on side stems, from June to early autumn. Very narrow, white petals (ray florets) are surrounding the yellow center of the flower (disk florets}.

Being a self-seeding annual, Daisy Fleabane is often seen forming small colonies.
Erigeron daisy field
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Coreopsis tinctoria-Plains coreopsis pictures

Coreopsis tinctoria-Plains coreopsis or Golden tickseed is a slender annual often growing in disturbed areas, in sandy ground on roadsides.
The plant grows up to 1m tall and has pinnately-divided leaves on multi-branching stems, occurring mostly in the lower part of the plant.
It blooms abundantly from July to September having daisy-like flowers produced on long stalks.
The flower petals are gold yellow with a deep mahogany center.

Plains coreopsis-tickseed close up
Plains coreopsis-Coreopsis tinctoria
Plains coreopsis-foliage and flowers
Flower colors vary, some have more mahogany on the petals and less yellow.
Plains coreopsis or calliopsis prefers full sun or part shade and does best in sandy or well-drained soils.

Coreopsis tinctoria is very easy to grow and it's widely cultivated as garden flower and landscaping ornamental.
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Giant Hydrangea-Hortensia pictures

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #66!

I can't wait to see your beautiful flowers.
I have something unusual for you today: giant hydrangeas.

Hydrangea to some, Hortensia to others, they have different meanings in different parts of the world.
Whether delicate pink or striking neon blue, they can all be a breathtaking summer display.

To some it is a symbol of ego and vanity, to others a symbol of repayment for understanding.
Pink hydrangea close up-Hortensia
Pink hydrangeas generally mean, "You are the beat of my heart".
"The light delicate blush of the petals reminds me of a beating heart, while the size could only match the heart of the sender!"
~ Tan Jun Yong -Asian florist
If that is so than I have a very big heart today, like these giant hydrangea flowers.
Giant hydrangea flower head-close up
These hydrangeas have a huge flower head, about twice the size of a human head, not to mention that they are just young plants. They have them at the garden center but there was no reference to the species. I've never seen anything like this in "real life", have you?

Here is a slightly different shade with some purple in the middle of the tiny flowers.
Giant pink hydrangea flower head-close up
At the bottom-left corner of the next picture there are some young, normal hydrangea plants, for comparison.
Giant Hortensia plant
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