Saturday, July 25, 2015

Blue Flowers

Jen and I visited The Living Legacy Gardens over by Staples Minnesota one day last week.

Chicory

This is Chicory, I recognized it immediately…the serrated edge on the flower petals give it away.

Borage Flowers

This is a Borage bloom..different isn’t it.

Borage bloom

Here is a better look at the pretty little bloom. I decided to lift the bloom upward instead of lay on the ground for a photograph.

I think the volunteers must be getting older there, the gardens were still pretty but not as well kept as other years.  If I lived closer I could imagine myself volunteering there but it is about 65 miles away.

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20 comments:

  1. You want to pour yourself a glass of Pimm's to go with that borage.

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  2. Lovely flowers.
    Sadly, volunteering isn't so popular any more.
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Those borage flowers are also edible. They are really pretty when frozen into ice cubes and put into a glass of, for example, ice tea. I planted some in my garden two years ago and now I have to pull them up right away or they take over! :-)

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  4. Who knew that the coffee replacement/filler from the Depression - chicory - could be so pretty?

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  5. They are pretty aren't they ? we have loads of them in the fields mixed with yellow wild flowers , queen anns lace and other pretty purple ans white flowers , I love wild flowers . Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  6. We love chicory coffee! Both blooms are pretty. Our town has a new botanical garden but I am waiting to cool weather to visit.

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  7. Iowa had a program where they seeded coneflowers and susans everywhere. It looked so great but then they went back to mowing at the county level. So all of that is gone. But the chicory survived and is doing well all along the roads. I first started thinking it was a bachelor button type of flower until I consulted the wildflower books. It would be kind of nice to grow it in a garden but I don't know if I could move it. I probably would need seed heads. Queen Anne's Lace still grows strong along the roads and I am glad the milkweed is doing well too.

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  8. Love the flowers! Such a pretty shade of blue.

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  9. I think I'm getting tired. I have so many places I would love to volunteer for and can't seem to get myself enough free time to do so. Actually, I am tired. Terry says he is also. We both think it is time for the farm to be rented out.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  10. The blooms are pretty- I love purple flowers..second to my favorite- bright yellow.

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  11. Great photos. Volunteers seem to fade away after a while. they get burned out.

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  12. Good to see Chicory. Dad said they drank that instead of coffee during the Great Depression.

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  13. Such beautiful shades of blue, like the summer sky.

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  14. Wondering if chicory is the plants you often see growing along busy highways in the northern parts?.....

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  15. I love the true blue of both Chicory and Borage One year I had a volunteer Borage in my garden ( must have been brought by a bird). Don't know why it never came back the next year.

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  16. I will have to look closer at the pretty blue flowered week growing along a street where I walk. I thought it was aster, but it might be chicory.

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  17. Yes, I recognized that top flower right away, too. I have some of those. Lots, actually ;)

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  18. My two favorite blue flowers :-). My borage from last year did NOT want to re-seed in their container, but did seem to like falling in cracks in the pavers. So I'm surrounded, but with a big empty whiskey barrel in the middle. Flowers... ;-)

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  19. Those are really neat and I love that second shot of the borage - perfecto!

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  20. I really enjoy how you highlight plants. I always enjoy my visits to you blog.

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