Summer is fleeting in the high country of Colorado. The mountain mahoganies are starting to turn burnt orange and the wild currants are loaded with berries. Before summer is totally gone I could not resist doing a few more flowers. We will soon be watching snow fly and I wanted to hold on to the soft blooms just a bit longer. I hope you enjoy these newest flowers in my Flower Collection.
Florilegium first appeared in the English language in 1711 describing a collection of flower illustrations. Today it more commonly refers to a collection of literary pieces or an anthology, but I thought it appropriate to use its earliest definition for my newest flower collection.
The term geranium is confusing. The first geranium most gardeners encounter is not a geranium at all, but the less hardy Pelargonium. Hardy geraniums are sometimes referred to as cranesbill geraniums. The flowers float on top of the plant, in shades of white, pink, magenta, purples and blues. Some species are sometimes grown for the edible bulbs.
Lilies are leafy stemmed herbs. They form underground bulbs from which they overwinter. The large flowers have six tepals, are often fragrant, and come in a range of colours ranging through whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples.
Monument Plant, common in mountain meadows, is a robust and showy plant that scatters itself over large areas. The tall flower stalks erupting from a very large basal rosette of leaves attract our attention, but a careful look around will reveal numerous smaller Monument Plants not in flower. The broad leaves are shaped like the ears of a deer, giving it one of its common names, Deer's Ears.