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Very South Germany

We drove into Germany from Switzerland and found a field of tulips.

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People stopped their car to pick a few blooms.
There were indications that the flowers had been for sale,
but no more, as these were past their prime.
Nevertheless it was still a beautiful sight.

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Next day we visited Rhein Falls between Germany and Switzerland.
A short walk upstream is a bridge to the other side of the river.
There is lots to see, and the waterfalls were really cool.
Here are some beautiful May flowers we saw near the castle on the Swiss side.

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Our last morning in Germany, I found Botanical Gardens in the university town of Frieburg.  Unable to read German, it was not until we were leaving that I learned I could not visit the greenhouses inside, because it was a holiday.
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But there was much to see outside, including giant potted plants that would not live outdoors year-round.

 

There were a number of ponds of waterlilies – exquisite!

 

The azaleas were about finished blooming, and not photogenic,
but the peonies were still at their prime.
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Wonderous Whites

White flowers are essential for every garden, because they go with every color in a bouquet.  There is even a plant nursery (in Connecticut, USA) that took the name White Flower Farm.
* * * * * Copy of DSCN3172 Last winter, I moved this Salvia, and it is looking better than ever. The flowers are staying a long time, which is a definite plus.
* * * * * Copy of DSCN3270 The daisy-like flowers are what one would steep for a cup of Chamomile tea.  Personally, I like this plant for the evergreen, delicate foliage.
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My honeysuckle has had the same home for so long the vine now covers a fence.  Its blooms continuously, so there are always flowers in various stages.  When the wind is blowing just right, you can pick up the delicate scent from away.
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Ah, the field daisies!  They look fabulous in a meadow.
When my son was at home, and mowed the fields for us, he learned to mow around the field daisies, just because I liked them.
In the last couple of years, they have tried to make a home in my flower gardens.  At first, I thought it was a treat, but all too soon, they took over.  After blooming, they get ratty and mangy looking.  This year, I am digging and digging and more digging to get them out of the cultivated area.
Will I ever learn?


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Lavender

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I have two colors of lavender plants the darker purple and lighter lavender.  Through the years, the baby plants have taken on both colors and are now mostly a nice medium purple.

A couple of years ago, we ate lunch at the restaurant at King Estate Winery in Oregon.  The view included beautiful lavender beds.  I have seen fields of lavender, but they are just fields; where the King Estate lavender were artistically arranged.  With inspiration like that, I wanted to make my own lavender beds to enjoy from my front deck.  It has turned out to be a bit of work, and will take a few years before the baby plants I moved around to mature.  I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Besides their beauty and delicious scent, I love that lavender is deer- and drought- resistant.  And the aroma!  Just a brush against the plant emits a heavenly smell.

Chamomile

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Chamomile

The flowers are really quite small, but looking at this photo, they bear a strong resemblance to Shasta and field daisies.
On the other hand, the leaves are very different. They are very fine toothed and soft, as though to invite being petted.

This perennial grows close to the ground most of the year, only gaining height when it flowers. I read that one wants to collect the flowers for chamomile tea. Will put that on my to-do list today. I remember telling my children that Peter Rabbit’s mother made him chamomile tea when he had a tummy ache. They readily agreed to try that cure when needed.

Red Poppies

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Red Poppies

No, these are not potent poppies, but you could use the seeds in baking, as in muffins. I let them reseed themselves freely in a flower bed. Now that they are multiplying beautifully, I can try to harvest the seeds and introduce them to another flower bed. Without any proof, I do believe these are not deer-resistant.

I love the fragile, papery look of the petals on this flower. The way they follow gusts of wind in the air.

Recently, on the morning weather report, where they show photographs sent in by viewers, I saw a picture of a field of red poppies. They were being grown as a commercial seed crop. Just a beautiful sea of red blossoms.

Field of Wild Daisies

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Field of Wild Daisies

The photo was taken in the late afternoon when you can see the field is mostly shaded by tall trees. A year-round creek runs behind the oak trees in the distance.

When my son mowed the fields, I taught him to go around wild rose bushes and the wild daisies. The daisy patches have grown since we don’t mow the entire field anymore.