Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Three Yellows and a White

Carolina Jessamine

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I am fascinated by colors in flowers.  I wanted to write a senior undergrad paper on the color sequence of flowering but I couldn't find enough information on it.  Maybe now that I know how to research a little better I should try that again, I still want to know which colors of plants bloom when and why.  But right now, I am busy tending flowers and gardens and the greenhouse.  I did take a minute and photograph some current blooms around the greenhouse and home.

Behind the greenhouse there is a tall fence covered in Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) bursting into bloom. Many people mistakenly call this jasmine. There were shiny, round black bees and some moths feeding on the flowers but none of the insects would cooperate with the camera.  I also can't capture the wonderful scent of the yellow trumpets.

King Alfred Daffodils

The King Alfred daffodils (Narcissus 'King Alfred') also defy my ability to describe scent or take a proper picture.  The flowers are so large that it is difficult to do justice to the blossoms.  It reminds me of trying to take pictures of trees in the rain forest of Costa Rica.  If you showed the trunk there was just a big tree wall.  If you showed the top, then it just looked like a regular treetop because there was no way to show how far away it was.  Probably just my lack of photography experience.  Suffice to say that King Alfreds are huge and smell delightful.

The forsythia is by the steps to my home next to where I park.  Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia) used to be one of the
switches of choice of my mom.  Seemed like about once a month I got into trouble for wiggling in church (see hyperactivity explanation in previous coffee blog).  Mother didn't believe in hesitating after we got home out of the car and depending on whether she chose her switch with her right hand (the butterfly bush- Vitex) or the left (forsythia) I was promptly punished.  The forsythia and  the butterfly stung equally.  Before you judge her too harshly remember this was the mom who let me read Tarzan and Bomba the Jungle Boy books during church.  Some kind soul had donated a bunch of them to the church library.   Eventually I worked my way through them all and the church library held little interest for me after that.  

'Thalia' Narcissus
The last picture is of Narcissus triandrus 'Thalia'.  It is a white narcissus, dependable and very adaptable. The white blooms harmonize well in bouquets with other colors. Thalia is a Greek name that may refer to a nymph, a Grace, the muse of comedy, or secondary goddess of vegetation (thank you Wikipedia).

Before I log out I also want to take a minute to thank everyone for visiting my posts.  I should have a thousand page-views sometime this week.  Blogging and writing is something that I have wanted do for a long time, thanks for sharing the journey!


  1. I LOVE the flower (power) knowledge you possess.

  2. Thanks for all your comments Ms. Shawnna. I love to share my flower appreciation. If your class needs a flower tutorial, let me know.

  3. A THOUSAND PAGE VIEWS?! Congratulations!!! That's big stuff. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and your unique observations of nature. By the way, I got into trouble regularly for squirming in my seat in church, too. Once, I even got into trouble for "bucking" in my seat. LOL! I don't recall what THAT looked like, but I'm sure it was thoroughly embarrassing to my parents. Sorry, Mom! =/

  4. I love Carolina Jessamine and have been wanting to plant some in my backyard, but vacillate between that and wisteria. Your post gives me some food for thought.