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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wild Flower Wednesday~Then and Now

Hypericum frondosum then

Hypericum frondosum today

Practically Perfect Pink Phlox Pilosa then

Phlox Pilosa today


Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Rainbow' then

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Rainbow' today


Chasmanthium latifolium then

Chasmanthium latifolium today


Rosa carolina today
This will be her first year in the garden
But if you'd like to see how lovely she looks in the summer
please visit Sweetbay ~~She has a lovely header photo of Rosa carolina
and this is a plant from her garden!
She survived and thrived!


I am so glad you stopped by today. Wildflowers are among my favorite plants. Wildflower Wednesday will be celebrated on the Fourth Wednesday of every month! Please join me and show us your wildflowers!

Gail

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder

47 comments:

  1. What beautiful unexpected color on the Gaura. I hope your at least up to 20 minutes now.

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  2. Then and now - there's beauty in both, and soon it will be then again! Love this post.

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  3. What beauties Gail. I am so looking forward to the thens. I really like the quote too. I have never heard this one before.

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  4. Ah, well done Gail! The fourth wednesday, will try to remember. I am so glad you showed the Hypericum, I was just noticing yesterday that it looked pretty dadburn good considering the winter we have had. Hope you are following doctor's orders now. :-)
    Frances

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  5. I love the Chasmanthium latifolium - I'm putting it on my 'need to have' list!

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  6. Gail girl I can actually see green from the aftermath of rain washing some snow away .. the green is of grass and those crazy hardy campanulas ! Now that has to make me smile doesn't it ? .. and you have reminded me that I would still love some "sea oats" in my garden ! : )

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  7. I imagine that I can spare a few seeds if you all want the Sea Oats! xxgail

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  8. I'm guessing it took 14 minutes to publish this post,lol. I think things look pretty good around your place. I have some new growth on my Guara under the damaged parts. The PPPP that you sent me still looks the same, a little growth but other than that just the same....

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  9. Your wildflowers have winter interest, too. Great comparisons.

    Cameron

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  10. Hi Gail... I hope your hand is greatly improved!! I love your Hypericum! That bright and cherry bloom much like a plume! Gorgeous! Very lovely photos all and your Chasmanthium latifolium is just exquisite! Such a wondrous wild flower post! ;>) Carol

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  11. Love the image of the Hypericum flower. My plants look equally wan right now, but... you're reminding us that spring and summer (and fall) will bring flowers and fruits.

    Thanks!

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  12. Hi Gail, my PPP's are under half a foot of snow and wishing they were still living in your southern garden:)

    Can't wait to see them bloom this year. I like that Chasmanthium, wonder if I could find a spot for some.
    Marnie

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  13. My gaura, hypericum, and phlox all look about the same as yours right now. Of course the last two came from you, tHanks again!

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  14. Watch out for the Chasmanthium...it's beautiful but it reseeds like crazy.

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  15. You have lots of little lovlies getting ready in your garden. I am happy to join you in my first Wildflower Wednesday. Here's my post: http://bit.ly/95XRQM

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  16. Wildflowers are a fav. My hypericum is still green, the seeds have disappeared.

    Take care of that thumb. Have you learned to use the mouse with your non-dominant hand?

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  17. The winter foliage is one of the things I love about Phlox pilosa. Mine has taken on burgundy tints now that I can see it again. The Gaura has fabulous winter color!
    I'd be more than happy to send GardenJoy4Me Chasmanthium plants, but I'd feel too guilty. I'm still trying to get rid of all of mine.

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  19. The before and after is educational -- sometimes, you can't see the plant for the blooms, if that makes any sense. It's rather neat to see those barebones structures. :) I hope your hand is healing nicely.

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  20. I still see a lot of green in your after photos :^) We grow Gaura as well and it is one of my favorite flowers. I am looking forward to seeing all of your plants in full bloom later this spring...

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  21. The Chasmanthium has beautiful winter interest! It's great to see the contrasts from season to season!

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  22. Lovely Gail! I would join in but in my little garden I have no wildflowers. I'll have to enjoy yours!

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  23. Gorgeous! I would join you, but all of my wildflowers are covered in snow right now... :(

    Hope those wrists are healting well!

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  25. I am glad to see anything growing at all.

    Soon it will be spring....

    Jen

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  26. Hi Gail....then and now, I like that. All are beautiful.....spring is just around the corner.

    I love hypericum and have them dotted all around the garden. Such sunny blooms......

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  27. I love the contrast between then and now. And I'm amazed how good these plants look now--so many of them appear to be greening up. I'm looking forward to seeing some shoots of PPPP in my garden this spring, too. The hypericum is beautiful!

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  28. Hi Gail,
    Even down here we have lots of then and now photos... who'd have thought? I'm longing for the 'thens' back very soon. Maybe your gradual fall and then expected winter helps you appreciate the changes. Here it just feels like certain destruction when it happens. Ack!... I'm whining.

    Thank you... for the beautiful wildflowers you so lovingly admire and so kindly share with us. They are all lovely. Here's to each 15 minutes you can eek out of your day. We are all cheering you on to your complete healing.
    Meems

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  29. I love then and now. I think I did that also. Yes, it was very windy here. Good to see you posting and typing. Take care.

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  30. I love then and nows....it says so much. I really like the idea of wildflower wednesday...now, if I can just 'remember'!!! Send out a mass message to remind everyone in advance. Right now I'm having a little 'project' on my blog...regarding sustainable lifestyles & earth day; and it's a garden product Give Away, as well!!! Hope you can participate, it's open until March 1, so you have time!!

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  31. That's an incredible picture of the Hypericum flower. It's great to see R. carolina thriving in your garden. I predict you are going to love her! I'll be sure to put Wildflower Wed. on my calendar for the coming months.

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  32. Great "then" and "now" photos Gail. I have to say your wildflowers are still so "alive-looking" compared to practically everything in my garden! They look like they're ready to spring into action the moment you get a little heat. :-)

    and uh oh. What happened to the URL/Name option when publishing a comment? Dang it. When I plug my name into the open ID thing it comes up a horribly long number....

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  33. Gail, I enjoyed your wildflowers then and now especially those sea oats.

    I found you from your invitation at Gardening Gone Wild to participate in Wildflower Wednesday. I did a post, but just finished it now on Thursday.

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  34. Gorgeous shots! I'm missing the flowers this time of year, but don't do much indoor gardeneing. I did not know about Wildflower Wednesday - may have to join in next time.

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  35. This is my guara's first winter and it is looking pretty good thus far. Love those wildflowers...

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  36. I love the foliage color on that Gaura. I wish I could get the pink ones to settle in on my corner of Katy. The native white variety reseeds freely and grows beautifully but the pink turns up its roots and dies.

    I'm glad you're able to post again, but do take it easy on that hand!

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  37. Hi, Gail! Happy to see your hand is healing. That first flower -- wow! I love it. All pretty photos, but that first one needs a new home in my garden! :)

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  38. I'm trying to catch up on my blog reading...

    Interesting post, showing these then and now! I'm afraid if I did that, all the now pictures would be white! We've got snow cover at the moment.

    Love the Hypericum! Wonder if that's hardy to zone 5...

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  39. PPPP looks about the same here Gail. I'm amazed that it's still green. All the other phlox here except divaricata melted after frosts in November. We're looking forward to PPPP blooms this year!

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  40. I was tickled to see your lindheimer guara, a Texas native, and inland sea oats. The guara is native to our part of the Texas Hill Country, where it survives thin soil and long droughts, and deer predation. Yours looks much prettier than the survivors in my yard. Guess I should transplant into better soil with more water...

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  41. Hi Gail, you got really great photos on the wild flowers. I'm hoping the cold weather would not have much damage on your Gaura. Our plants have been getting uglier because of the cold spell in Florida.

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  42. lovely little rosettes arent they?

    once you learn the rosettes of your favorite wildflowers it is easy to rescue a few from a construction site
    over the winter

    Hope you are enjoying this wonderful snow Gail, I cant recall the last time it snowed so well!

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  43. Interesting post! What a good idea and very educational for new gardeners.

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  44. They all look lovely in both times, especially Chasmanthium latifolium!

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  45. I love your assortment of wild flowers. I frequently forget which of mine are wild, and which aren't. I'll have to try to remember which are which this spring.

    I do have some of yours, like what I think is also called quacking grass.

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