Sunday Post : Blossom

Now this is a challenge I like.

However I need your help people.

Please identify the following flowers for me.

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My friend the ant is back...

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Hydrangea

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Thank you Jake for this weeks challenge.

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Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

73 thoughts on “Sunday Post : Blossom”

  1. Let’s see – I think your friend the ant is crawling across a lily. Next one after the ant looks like a bearded iris. And two down from the hydrangea – the last “real” flower – looks like a hollyhock. Does it grow on a stalk about as tall as you are, with big ugly leaves and short flower stems? Of course I’m thinking in terms of Northern Hemisphere flowers, so I may be completely wrong.

    Anyway, the photos are gorgeous.

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    1. The ant one is a bush…do they grow as a bush ?
      As for the last one…today someone was here and they told me the bush it grows on is a hibiscus plant.
      A bearded iris…what a great name for a flower.
      Thanks for all your thoughts.

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      1. Ant picture – no, lilies don’t grow on bushes, and now that I look more carefully, the leaves are the wrong shape. And if the one I thought was a hollyhock grows on a bush, I was wrong about that too. Sorry!

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  2. Ok…so here is my best shot…
    I think the first two are Gerber daisies and after the hydrangea is a nasturtium. I think the lady above me is right about the bearded iris and the hollyhock but you will have to have the final say:) What fun! Thank you! LOVE how you make pictures. (since we dont take pictures, do we? We make them:)

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    1. Hi Brynne. Yes they are gerber daisies. They were my daughter’s and she brought them down with her at Easter. I asked her just now and so ‘ding, ding, ding’ you get the prize. They were actually starting to wilt but I saw a beauty in that stage of their cycle…so out came the camera. Oh it is great to be getting them recognised.

      You’re right about making vs taking pictures. But we do have help in the making from Mother Nature which is so cool.

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  3. The first flower looks like a Mum, the second one starts with an ‘L’ I think, and after that are lilies, and Iris, and I was thinking your hydrangea was vinca, but evidently, not. Finally, I think the last one is Hybiscus.

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    1. Thank you…the second one is a gerber daisy that is wilting. As for the iris it was in my friend’s garden…I should have asked her what it was when she gave it to me…

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  4. The purple one is a salvia also known as sage – I think! If you squeeze it it has a distinct love or hate smell! A Mum is a chrysanthemum. The deep orange scarlet is a nasturtium – you can eat those in salads. Lovely photos 🙂

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    1. Thanks you Jamie…I think they are my favourites too…funny considering they were starting to wilt and die when I took the photos…there is beauty in so much more than we realise.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jo. 🙂 Your entry this week brought back lovely memories of helping my grandmother in her flower garden…I did recognize many of yours, even though her garden was in NYC. 🙂
    Regarding your comment about wishing you could have “this” in NZ, were you referring to the Show Me How Library Project I started? I’ve opened it up to libraries around the globe, as long as the person nominating the library is willing to help with the postage (or perhaps the library itself). If you think your library would like to win a copy, please add their name to the list by commenting on my blog: http://www.viviankirkfield.wordpress.com
    and, if you can, spread the word about it. I really appreciate it. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Vivian. I did see that you were global…what I meant was I wish we had that sort of involement from communities to start up initiatives like yours here. I will talk to them about it first.

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  6. Beautiful! Ok, I’ll try and find their names for you, although you have several answers already.
    1 & 2 you already know are Gerber daisies.
    3 – I agree with Gilly that the purple one is Salvia.
    4 – I thought it was definitely a lily, but because of the long stamens and the way it seems to grow in a cluster, I believe it to be either an orange spider lily OR, more probably a Plumleaf azalea. It depends on the size of the blooms and the surrounding leaves.
    5 – This one gave me fits because it almost looks like a type of yellow trumpet lily (considering the stamen and pistil layout), but I think the other guess was right and am pretty sure it is a yellow nasturtium.
    6 – Peach bearded iris
    7 – Hard to tell because it’s blurred but my best guess is a white anenome flower.
    8 – Hydrangea
    9 – Orange Nasturtium
    10 – Pink Hibiscus
    11 – is the very rare, very delicate Mosaicus Sunfloweris. lol 😉

    Not 100% positive on all of them, but my best educated and researched guesses. In any case, they are all gorgeous photos, Jo! 🙂

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  7. Oh how I wish I could identify all the flowers. I am just not good at it. we just bought a house and moved in in Nov and this year my dad is the gardener…wait till i post before and after photos- we have taken down trees, and bushes, and replanted hasta and ferns…oh my… I need to learn this stuff and at age 45 I just don’t have much interest in it as my dad. LOL

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  8. I am sooo not the person to help identify flowers – never know what they are, even the ones in my own garden, lol! These are all beautiful, though, great pics.

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