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Where the Flowers Bloom....

On Wednesday we had a mild cool front move in. High 70s to low 80s. After hitting the century mark in heat already this month, I took advantage of the cloud cover and 'cooler' temps to pull weeds in our yard. Naturally, when taking a break, I took pictures....



My favorite hibiscus...the PINK.  Yellow Hibiscus, Don Juan Red Climbing Rose



Strawberries and Cream Crepe Myrtle, Ixora,  Purple Bougainvillea, 1st blossom of the season of the Epiphylum!


Another favorite of mine...the Duranta!  Love the weeping purple flowers.  [one on the left is entangled among the hybrid variegated hibiscus which isn't blooming yet...but here's an image of the blossom]


Another view of a 2nd Ixora.  Both this one image and the one above in the other series are supposed to be pale yellow blossoms, but here are two confused flowers...with a striking red.  Notice the 1st one has a cream colored stripe in the center of the petal, while this one has two halves in pale yellow.


Y'all know how I love to photograph and see the Texas Wildflowers. While sitting after the noon-day dishes were done, I was curious to find out if poppies would grow in my area. My sister sent me a photo of her red poppies in bloom in her front yard. We texted back and forth about them, and she said she'd send me some seeds this Fall. I didn't know if they'd survive the damp air. It's worth a try. So, I look forward to attempting to see if they'll 'take' from seed. Anyway, my point of this is while I WAS LOOKING online, I found a great site. All about identifying [with photos] wildflowers. Not only Texas [which this site has Texas divided into areas of the big state]...but, EACH state in America!! You may be interested in it, so I thought I'd share the links.

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/

Use the drop down menu found on the site for each individual state [and Canada]


23 comments :

  1. You have so many pretty flowers in your yard. I wish I was better at gardening.
    That's a helpful sight. Can't tell you how many times I've looked at something and wondered what the heck is that

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  2. Hello, beautiful collection of flowers and photos. Wishing you a happy day and a great weekend!

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  3. Loved that individual blossom on the Ixora. That is called making a statement. Glad you got some coolish days also. What a treat those cool days are among all the rain with brutally hot days mixed in.

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    1. It didn't last. It was back to being hot again.

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  4. That pink hibiscus is beautiful indeed! And I do hope you'll be able to grow poppies from seed. I know if anyone can do it, it would be you! :-)

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    1. I just hope it's not too damo here, for them.

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  5. I am loving ALL the flower picks. the pink hibiscus here is also my favorite. we call them wild ones because they are as God made them, not hybrids. we have several hybrids and they don't hold a to the ones that grow like weeds. we had one pink bush and bob grew 3 more from it... will check out the link.... i hope the poppies grow for you

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  6. I adore wildflowers, and this site looks so promising! I am making an icon for it! How strange about the one plant, with the single red bloom which is half and half. At first I thought it was another flower mixed in with it. Your yard is GORGEOUS!!! Maybe sometime you will show us a picture of the entire yard. I have never heard of Duranta, it is stunning!! And the leaves on your rose are so large and pretty. It is very cool here now, as well. I am wearing a sweater over my top!

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    1. I tried taking a photo of the yard & deleted it. Maybe I could do it & work several photos to make one whole yard.

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  7. Beautiful flowers. Some of them seem a little confused with those colors.

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  8. Love - LOVE the Ixoria! I am unfamiliar with it but the red splash really got my attention! I once took a picture of a pink flower with a bright red stripe down one petal. God is laughing for sure! Thanks for the site of research. I have it bookmarked.

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    1. I don't know about any of the other states, but the one for my area of Texas, it's great.

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  9. I like the Duranta. Not a flower I am familiar with, but I like it.

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  10. Texas has some gorgeous flowers! I love the Ixora - never saw one before.
    PS - I meant to tell you earlier, but we were so impressed with the people in Texas. We met such nice people everywhere we stopped. You can't beat a beautiful state with nice people!

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    1. Texas Pride in every corner of the state!

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  11. Oh My word Anni you need to set up a spring/summer tour of your lovely flowers and perhaps while we are there we can help with the weeding. Have you ever submitted any of your flower or bird photos to Birds and Bloom?
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. My sister keeps telling ne to submit to B&B

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  12. That one Ixora makes me smile...it is like my dogwood tree. It cannot make up its mind. But beautiful anyway. I bookmarked the site...thanks for that. I don't think I have ever run across it before.

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