Just for Pretty?

Raininess and grayness have been this springs consistent theme.

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Gray day ferry arrival. 


The spring warm-up has been “backwards”, as in “slow”, but we have been without sharp swings of temperature, which is a kindness to waking plants. Daffodils and narcissus have been happy.

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Pink split-cup narcissus. Royal Horticultural Society Division Number Eleven: Split-Cup, or Split-Corona Narcissi have cups that are split into multiple sections that are at least one third, but usually are at least one half, of the length of its petals (perianth). They generally fall in to one of three groups defined by form: Collar, Papillon (Butterfly) or combination types. Collar-types have cup segments opposite the petal segments, usually in two whorls of three. Papillon-types has cup segments that alternate with the petal segments in a single whorl of six. Combination-types can exhibit wildly sectioned, variably filled flowers. They may have frilly, ruffled, flat and overlapping, or whorled petal segments. (Info from Van Engelen Bulb Company)


The coolness and lack of sun mean that blooms are lasting longer than usual.

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Beauty and fragrance on a kitchen windowsill. 


That kitchen bouquet?

It took a ride on the ferry.

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Boat bouquet.


Anemones are among my favorite flowers.

When it’s too cool or too wet, they can be shy to open.

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Anemone blanda

If the rain passes and the temperature warms just a little bit…

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Happy anemones. 

They open right up.

4 responses to “Just for Pretty?

  1. Those white anemones are rad. I have not grown ANY yet. I wanted to, but moved away first. I see them in catalogues, and SO want to grow them. The blue ones are rad too. They look so natural.
    I have grown the fancy hybrids, but they do not naturalize, and would stand out too much in the forests.

      • It’s a phrase that I think is from the upper US Midwest. It’s a way of saying that something is done for “pretty” and not for “practical”. The first place I remember seeing the phrase is in one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series of books. I have also occasionally heard the phrase in speech, and it has always been from people who are northern middle Americans.

      • Well, that makes sense, that something is just good enough for being pretty, but otherwise useless. I heard it in reference to the Amish hexes, which I think means that even those who consider them to be artifacts of superstition can appreciate their aesthetic appeal. Pennsylvania is not exactly in the Midwest, but Iowa is.

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