Fifteen minutes of flowers

It’s difficult to capture or describe the lushness around here this time of year, so I decided that I’d spend 15 minutes walking around and see how many different flowers I could spot. Here’s the result…

Brandywine tomato:



Cool frost-colored plant (this isn’t Photoshop, this is what it actually looks like in June):

Last year’s kale finally allowed to go to seed:

Ahh, yes, the Meadow Multi-Dangle:


Purple clusters:

Purple cones:

Red clover:

One rosebush:

The other rosebush:


The Dreaded but briefly lovely scotch broom:

Small daisies:


Trailing blackberry:

Something lavender colored:

A magenta one:

A pink one:

More pink:

Purple again:

Fantastic red flower:

Unknown yellow flower:

Another yellow one:

White clover:

Yarrow, or Queen Anne’s Lace, or similar:

And finally, today’s garden haul – the Chinese Pink garlic, which mostly crapped out but gave a few small clusters, more turnips, and the first good pint of domesticated strawberries:

9 thoughts on “Fifteen minutes of flowers”

  1. Miriam

    I beleive the “fantastic red flower” to be Sweet William….great shots, looks lovely!

  2. Hilary

    We’ve been munching on one or two strawberries a day but also got our first pint today. YUM! We also have a planter full of wild strawberries that is just going gangbusters! Thanks for sharing all the beauty, it sounds like the homestead is really coming along.

  3. Hilary

    P.S. The kale will seed itself everywhere! It can be a weed, an awesome, delicious weed but…

    The seed pods are pretty yummy to munch on when they are small too. Our neighbor has several kale plants that went to seed this year and every day Anaya and I walk by and pick a bunch of fresh seed pods. Another YUM!

  4. Peter

    Thanks for all the tips! That Sweet William is in a wildflower area that I never cut or cultivate, I hope it seeds itself.

  5. Mary Jo

    Are you growing any hops this year? Our neighbor has 2 great plants that a friend collects the hops from in the fall for home brew. We have some great iris blooming right now, it’s the only things the deer won’t touch! Great pictures!

  6. Peter

    Yes, hops! A friend let me dig up a cubic foot of his dormant hops roots this winter and it’s now a thickening 15′ row as tall as me

    We’re preparing a 16’x16′ grain test bed for the fall, maybe we should try barley =)

    Deer are lucky they’re so cute. I look at the stubby remains of several dozen raspberry bushes and want to hang a sign in deer-ese that reads “The gardener would find you just as tasty as you find his plants.”

  7. Peter

    Thanks Hilary – I tried the seed pods. Ate a handful in the garden and they were delicious, so I picked a branch that seemed to have some well-developed pods for our salad. The mature ones are tough and bitter…but I think I’ll “island” an area and establish it there to reseed indefinitely…

  8. peter Post Author

    Hi Michele

    I think you might be wrong about those flowers. I tried bars of butter, pats of butter, and melted butter, and the plants proved wholly unsatisfactory for holding it.

    Based on this research, I suspect that they might be “Just Kind of Fold Up and Collapse Under the Weight of Butter”s.

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