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Far and Near

I have found that I like some flowers because they look beautiful up close (especially the aromatic ones:-), and others because they look so good massed, at a distance.

Ox-eye, or field daisies, are a prime example.

In a meadow, the tall daisies can be quite stunning.
Up close, the flowers look ordinary and the plant itself gets weedy looking.

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I think St. John’s Wort has an especially lovely flower.

In my garden, this plant grows as a ground cover behind a flower bed.
Rarely do I go after the weeds in this out-of-the-way location.

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Lychnis Coronaria is a deer- and drought-resistant plant, that grows in sun or shade.
Though it doesn’t seem to flower when located in heavier shade.

These white blossoms are the ‘Alba’ strain.
While the magenta flowers are often called Rose Campion.

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This plant was labeled a ground rose when I purchased it.
I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but I learned to prune the lowest branches away,
so I can deadhead without getting thorned to death.

This is definitely an example of select flowers that look great up close,
but the entire plant gets raggedy looking when it needs a ‘haircut’.

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I like to think of Georgia O’Keefe’s flower paintings whenever I see flowers
up very, very close.  Her vision of the micro view of flowers is very sensual.
But that is another discussion.

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A Yammering of Yellow

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I’ve been watching these St. John’s Wort buds the last couple of days, and this morning the flowers burst open.  I’ve never noticed the orange-tipped stamen before, so pretty.
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These wildflowers appeared a year ago at the back of a bed.  Since they were in a good location, I let them stay.  So far, they have stayed put, and not invaded the cultivated flowerbed.
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The first succulent of mine to bloom.  Tiny flowers on stems about 3″ (8cm).
Last year, I cut a small bouquet of these blossoms and kept them through the winter, in my kitchen windowsill, as dried flowers in a mini-vase.
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Earlier this spring, I was sure this Lady’s Mantle had died.  It may have outgrown its location, so I shoveled part of the plant out.  The interesting shape of its leaves and hardiness make this a keeper in my garden.
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Alliums are known to be robust members of any garden, and these yellow-flowered ones do not fail.  Mine have been neglected, separated and moved around by me and who-knows-what critters.
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The first bud of a prolific mini-flower rose bush.
You can see additional buds surrounding this blossom.
I am able to cut flowers from this plant all summer long.