C - Cute, Crazy, and Cat-friendly!


Before we get to the C flowers, I need mention that it may look as though I am not posting comments on blogs I visit. I am! I have been getting many emails notifying me that my comments are blocked.  But, I see them when I revisit the blog, so they may be posting after all.  At any rate, if you think I am not visiting any A-Z blogs and commenting, I am!  I am also enjoying many of them. 

 Calendula

A wonderful self-seeding annual, it's also called pot marigold.

Clematis 

Mine didn't last more than a year or two, but it sure pretty while it lasted.

Crocus

The first flower to appear in late winter.

 Colchicum, or Autumn Crocus

I don't know where mine came from, I built this bed.  Maybe I added soil from a pot left when I bought the house.  It's a stunning, albeit short-lived flower.

Coreopsis, Crazy Cayenne 

A perennial thread-leaf variety.

Coreopsis, Up Tick and Lance-leaf

Both perennial, the lance-leaf is the solid gold.  Both are incredible bloomers (I keep them deadheaded, passing by with scissors twice a day.  Yes, it's work, but worth it.) that need frequent division.  They are almost TOO easy to propagate!  No, make that, they are too easy to propagate, I have to throw many out each spring to make room for other things.

Coreopsis, Red Plains

A beautiful annual coreopsis, which I don't have as much success growing as the next one.  I buy new seed each year though, hoping for plenty.

Coreopsis, Tall Plains

One of my favorite annual flowers, the plant itself is quite homely.  Leave it to self-seed though.

 Catmint, Persian

One of my favorite plants.  I grew it easily from seed, and it blooms and blooms and blooms all summer long, starting in early spring.  The flowers are vivid dark purple, and many more than in the below photo.  Also, the leaves smell amazing!  
 
 
 Catmint, Walker's Low
 
 Named for the location it was first found growing, as a hybrid,  in the "low" garden of the Irish estate of a Mrs. Walker.  Mine would get much bigger in the ground.  Cut catmints and catnips back after bloom and they will bloom again.

Catnip, Lemony

Yeah, not the most attractive.  Catnip isn't nearly as pretty as catmint.  The flowers are pretty close-up though, and bees absolutely love it.  It smells great, more lemony than even lemon balm, 2/3 of my cats dislike it, it's a bit too lemony for them.














Cosmos, Sulfur

A bright orange or yellow annual, it's easy to see sulfur cosmos family relation to coreopsis.

 
Cosmos

Very easy to grow annuals, cosmos can get quite big, even 3' tall and nearly as wide.  There are also smaller varieties.  I deadhead mine, so have no experience with their volunteering, but they seem the sort of flower that would.

 Last, but as they say, not least, is the Cherry Blossoms, because Tamara was hoping for some, and I'd completely forgotten about fruit tree flowers!  These were Dwarf Stella cherry blossoms.  It produced fantastic cherries, but mysteriously died the next year.

 
As night follows day,  D will follow C. 


 

Comments

  1. Beautiful flowers! Myfavorite is Catnip, Lemony, cute little purple and white, delicate flowers.
    Quilting Patchwork & Appliqué

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    1. Mint family flowers are my all time favorite! Sometimes you can't see how pretty they are until you look really close. Even weeds like red or purple deadnettle.

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  2. Such pretty flowers. I love them all. Have coreopsis (yellow ones) in the yard. My mom used to grow tall cosmos. I love their feathery leaves. I drink calendula in a tea blend.

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    1. Yes, calendula makes a nice tea. Which reminds me, I forgot to include my chamomile! I have Roman chamomile, the perennial kind. Tea also.

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  3. Gorgeous collection of C flowers. I think they cherry blossoms are my favorite, glad you didn't forget them. :)

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  4. Beautiful photos, as always. We've grown tall cosmos for years and yes, it reseeds some years. As we had a mild winter (for us) combined with constant snowcover for over two months, we are hoping it will reseed this season. We grew the orange cosmos for the first time this past summer and are hoping it will reseed. Calendula I'm not sure why I don't grow it but I don't. Crocus brightens our winter weary hearts so; ours is fading away now. Autumn crocus isn't hardy here, to the best of my knowledge.

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    1. Calendula is so easy. I deadhead most, but leave the biggest, best colored flowers to seed.

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  5. One summer I ended up with a large patch of cosmos in my garden and I really enjoyed them. I like the idea of a plant that flowers most of the summer - I'll have to check out the Persian Catmint. Weekends In Maine

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    1. My Persian catmint started blooming yesterday! I got the seeds on eBay.

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  6. All of these are beauties. My favorites are the crocus. Just such a cute little flower. I've never seen a Crazy Cayene until now, but need to add that to my bed. Such a burst of brightness!

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  7. Gorgeous pictures, as usual! I love crocus flowers :) They mean spring to me, and much needed sunshine :)

    The Multicolored Diary

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    1. Yes, crocus are the first things that bloom. Mine are just finished.

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  8. Beautiful! Cherry blossoms are breath taking. But all of them are soul balm really.

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    1. Nice way to put it, "soul balm!" I like that.

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  9. Hi, thanks for stopping by and commenting on blog the other day. I too, have been getting emails saying my comments have been blocked, only to check and see them posted.

    Your flowers are pretty.

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    1. I'm just going to continue commenting, and if they post fine, if not, I can't help it! I will assume they all do since some do.

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  10. I wonder why your comments aren't posting. That is very strange. But Blogger seems to go a bit weird this time of year. It's probably to do with the uptick in blog activity.

    Great flowers.

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    1. Maybe. It only started a few weeks ago. I have tried to start a WordPress, but it's confusing to even start! My son said he'd help me.

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