Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I can hardly believe we're at the middle of May already. Time flies. Here we are at another edition of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, the day when garden bloggers share the flowers they have in bloom or bud. On a virtual stroll through my garden today, here's what you'll see:


Chives -- I tried these edible flowers last year in Chive Blossom Vinegar

Red Russian Kale (for soup!)

Chamomile -- Tea, Anyone?



Onions -- Is this how they "bloom?"

Strawberries -- I see strawberry shortcakes in my near future.

Yellow Squash

Purple flowers I rescued from the compost bin a week ago. Are they violas?



An Iris unfurling

Larkspur buds

A still-buttoned Bachelor's Button


Visit May Dreams Gardens to see who else is participating in today's edition of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

Related Posts:
Bloom Day, April
Bloom Day, March

P.S. -- A note to those of you who subscribe to my RSS feed: I am re-publishing a few of my older posts in order to change the font and make them consistent with my newer posts. Because of this, you'll probably see some of last year's posts showing up on your reader. I hope this isn't too annoying. The good news is that most of these repeat posts will be seasonal, and perhaps interesting enough to read a second time around. Thanks for your understanding. And thanks for subscribing!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your photos, as always, are very beautiful. I especially love the bachelor's button and chives pictures.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Pattie Baker said...

Those purple flowers from the compost heap are johnny-jump-ups (edible!) We like to lay the flower petals flat under a piece of paper and then gently tap the paper with a hammer. The color from the petals transfers to the paper and appears like fairy wings! A few quick pen marks--a head, a body--and there you have it, fairies!

Pattie from FoodShed!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

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1:12 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Christa-

Beautiful pictures, all of them, and maybe that Russian Kale would be good in the Kale & White Bean Soup recipe I posted for you at Earth Home Garden today. Thanks for visiting our blog and for the nice comment, your blog is quite beautiful too!

1:13 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Such beautiful herb blossoms. And I have the same violas in a pot in my garden (although if you visit my blog and go back a few posts you can see that I'm on the verge of uprooting them).

— Susan from South of the River

3:12 PM  
Blogger Carol Michel said...

A very impressive set of flowers beautifully photographed, as always. Thanks for participating again in bloom day!

5:37 PM  
Blogger javaseeker said...

Great pics! The thyme shot looks like you have an entire field of it. (mmm, think of the opportunities...) Love the blog, I'll be back for more!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Not only are your photos beautiful, Christa, they remind us that without flowering plants, there isn't much to eat!

I have you on Bloglines, and didn't notice extra posts there.

Happy Bloom Day!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

7:31 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.

Pattie, what a fun project that must be to do with kids! I don't know if I could eat the johnny-jump-ups; they're too pretty!

Jim, thank you for the soup recipe you posted up on your blog today.

Javaseeker, it's funny that you say it looks like I have a whole field of thyme. It feels like I do! I have three huge bushes of it and they're getting bigger by the day it seems. Please send thyme recipes if you have any to share.

Annie in Austin,
That's good that the posts aren't coming up again on Bloglines. I saw that some of my re-posted posts from last year are coming up on Garden Voices. Oh, well. Maybe they will be interesting to those who didn't see them the first time around.

Happy Bloom Day, everyone!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Entangled said...

The arugula flowers are cool! It's interesting to see the flowers on plants that aren't usually thought of for flowers. A few years ago, someone (Bookish Gardener?) posted pictures of lettuce flowers, and I was surprised to see they were a pretty blue color.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Gorgeous pics! I love the one of the Bachelor's Button that's still buttoned up... it looks kind of like an iris (of an eye) doesn't it?

10:03 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. That opening shot of the arugula blossoms against the rust-colored background takes my breath away. Nicely done. Yes, those are violas (common name johnny-jump-ups), and they'll happily reseed, if you let them. The flowers, as Pattie noted, are edible.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Wonderful pictures of flowers we normally don't consider as ornamentals. The arugula has such an elegant flower.

I think your onion is trying to put out baby plants. The flowers are usually sort of a purple loose pompom.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All beautiful photos! Perfect close ups. I love them all but the unfurling iris really caught my eye!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Sweet Home and Garden Carolina said...

Hi Christa,

What's your secret to such beautiful photography ?

I enjoyed visiting your virtual garden.

10:20 AM  
Blogger kate said...

The onion picture is wonderful ... well, all of your pictures are. A trip through your garden and what is in bloom makes me hungry even though it is early morning.

And thank you for the recipe for Kale Soup!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Jane O' said...

I'm so envious that your garden is so far ahead of mine. I really don't have much in the way of herbs yet at all. The valerian is just about to bloom but not quite there yet. It's what we put up with when living in the north. Impressive photos!

10:49 AM  
Blogger Silvia Hoefnagels . Salix Tree said...

Lovely! Most of your flowers are veggies and herbs! In fact, the flowers blooming in your garden are very much the same as what's blooming in mine. Isn't russian kale great? I've been growing it for 3 years now, I love it. And my onions are also doing that funny bulb thingy on a stem. Looks a bit alien, hm?

3:35 PM  
Blogger anna maria said...

I love your photos of the onion "bloom" and of the comphrey. Guess everyone has their favorites.

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't say which photo most captured me. They are lovely.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your photography is just amazing. I just love the iris opening up. I would never have thought to take such an interesting photograph, so thanks for the inspiration.
Sara from farmingfriends

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Batchelor's Button - do we know how it got that name?

But your rocket already flowering and going to seed - that's early.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thanks, everyone.

Carolyn Gail, my secrets to good photography are good equipment, trial and error, patience and perseverance. For every photo I post here, trust me, there are about ten times more that get tossed into the virtual recycling bin. I try to look at things in different ways and just take lots of shots. Thank goodness for digital cameras! I'd be broke if I had to buy film.

John, good question! I don't know how Bachelor's Buttons got their name. I'll have to look it up.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what beautiful images - my favorite, I think, is the iris unfurling.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Thanks for the tour, all great pics but the bachelor button almost looks like a kaleidoscope!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

yes, the little purple flowers are violas, very cute, arent' they? But the color of the lobelia....FANTASTIC! :)

11:13 AM  

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