columbine flower

columbine1Columbine is a native wildflower to North America and is in the same family as the buttercup.  Its name comes from Latin meaning dove like (Columba) and eagle (Aquilegia its scientific name). Symbolism of the flower ranges from foolishness to seduction. It is that state flower of Colorado. There it is actually illegal to uproot the flowers on public land and you are limited to picking 25 flowers. Medicinally the petals have been used an astringent, soothing sore throats and Native America used the petals in tea to treat heart ailments. The flowers are edible and are quite sweet. They are pollinated by bumblebees and hawk moths and are dined upon by hummingbirds. The photo is my columbine in my window box that just bloomed.

 

 

daisies

My Shasta Daisies are blooming. I didn’t know that they have been around for more than 4,000 years and are part of 12,000 species. The name comes from Old English meaning Day’s Eye. Prolific flowers that bloom during the day and close at night. They are actually two flowers in one, the center is a flower in itself. The leaves are full of vitamin C and great in salads. They have been known to cure cough and helps digestion. It is said that they are heal bruises and back pain. They represent purity, innocence and beauty and are found everywhere except Antarctica. They are drought resistant and last a long time in vases, quite perfect perennials and the best part is that bees love them.

daisy

blanket flower

gaillardia, blanket flower

According to an Indian legend, a blanket maker is blessed with a continual blooming blanket of flowers over his grave. Blanket flowers or gaillardia, are native to the plains of the US. Drought tolerant they bloom from April to October in my yard. There are more than twenty species and they are lovely additions, these just bloomed.

blanket flower