Category Archives: Flowers

Nymphaea Odorata

Nymphaea Odorata is the fancy name for the water lilies we see in our small lakes. I was able to take these pictures earlier this month.
I’ve learned that the following parts can be eaten raw: flowers, leaves, ripe seeds.
Flowerbuds can be cooked and the rhizome can be boiled or roasted.
I have never tried eating any parts of the water lily, but I know I enjoy seeing them floating on the top of the water.

Spotted Jewelweed

Impatiens Capensis, also known as Spotted Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not, and Orange touch-me-not, has decided that it likes the conditions in our back yard.

I know it is a weed, but as Eeyore says,  “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them”.

They grow in moist shady areas, in woods, streams and river banks. This year we have a lot of moist areas because of the weather, and they are thriving.

They grow as high as 5 feet, and flower from July to September, so they are perfect in our backyard wildflower area.

Their seedpods open very easily, with just a slight touch. This gives them the name “touch-me-not”.  The sap from the stems supposedly relieves itches from poison ivy and insect bites.

 

 

Bridal Wreath Spiraea

I have a bridal wreath spiraea in my backyard that has grown much bigger than I expected. This year, with all of the rain we had, the plant put out a gorgeous display.

When I looked for information about the spiraea, I found that the flowers have been used for bridal wreaths which are worn on the bride’s head.

Bearded Iris

I’ve been recovering from some illness this summer, so have not posted anything for awhile. However, I have been able to take some photos, especially around the yard and area.

I posted about Bearded Iris Flowers last year, if you want to look at that post.IMG_3608One of my favourite flowers in the spring is still the Bearded Iris. I have a few colours, and would like to get more.
IMG_3274I think the deep purple is the one I like the best, but the yellows are striking too. IMG_3593  I’m thankful to be getting better, and am looking forward to taking more photographs.IMG_3599-with-scripture

Wildflowers

I don’t always know what kind of flower a wildflower is – do you? We were recently in Balsam Lake Provincial Park and when we were out on a hike, we noticed some small flowers.  They were different colours but basically looked like this:IMG_3082This is a closer view.IMG_3082cAt first we thought we were seeing different types of flowers, but we discovered some more that were yellow. The leaves looked the same, and the flower looked very similar except for the colo.IMG_3079Altogether, we saw three different colours, all in the same area. They were very pretty. I believe that they are wild violets, but if someone knows what they are for sure, please let me know.  IMG_3086We also saw some trilliums. They are beautiful this spring.IMG_3152We haven’t seen too many pink trilliums, so enjoyed seeing these. There were quite a few of them.IMG_3149  Trillium-with-scripture

Chinese Bellflower

Balloon flowers, otherwise known as Chinese Bellflowers, are fascinating to watch. They originate in Asia, especially China, which is why one of their names is Chinese Bellflower.

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I have one small patch in my garden, and the patch is getting bigger each year. Sometimes they look purple, and sometimes they look more blue. 

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They get the name balloon flower because the flower buds look like balloons. They eventually pop open and become star-shaped flowers.

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The balloon flower is later blooming, so often I think that I’ve lost the plant when I’m cleaning in the spring. You have to be very careful not to dig it up or throw it out thinking that it is a weed.

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I especially like looking at closeups of them. You see more detail than you can see with your own eyes, and they are beautiful.

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Now therefore, our God,
we thank You, and praise Your glorious Name.
1 Chronicles 29:13

White Water Lilies

On our lake, the yellow lilies bloom first, followed by the white water lilies. They dot the lake at both ends where it is a bit shallower.  I like seeing them when I’m out in my kayak and often paddle through them. When I looked for information about the white water lily, I found that it doesn’t have several different names like the yellow lily that I posted a couple of weeks ago. Although we only see white water lilies in our area, they can be in all different colours.

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I found that water lilies can help reduce the growth of algae in ponds and lakes. This is good news for our lake which appears to be pretty healthy.

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Quite often you see the yellow lilies along with the white lilies. The white ones open during the morning and close by late afternoon.

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When the water lily is pollinated, the flower and stem sinks into the water and a berry-like fruit develops. It has been used in traditional medication and apparently can treat diarrhea and sore throats.

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 From a distance you see a yellow center in the white water lily – up close you are able to see the intricacy of the flower. God has so many beautiful things on this earth. The God who made this world and all that is within it, loves and cares for each one of us.

For in Him (God) we live and move and have our being …
Acts 17:28