Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Guess the flower quiz?

I am heading off to the Lowlands of Scotland and also the English Lake District for a few days. 
In the meantime, for anyone who may be interested, this is currently flowering in our garden - do you recognise it?
A helpful tip - remember that this is a macro photograph.
Comments and the name of the flower will be shown on the 15th August.
Yellow Speckled Lily Leichtlinii - a new addition to the garden this year
Hollyhocks from my youngest son's garden 
(PS) message for Paul - will publish your comment on my return. As hard as I try, it is impossible to stump you Paul? Your sharp eyes and powers of observation are incredible.

30 comments:

  1. Love the Hollyhocks in your garden and the vibrant Lilies. Beautiful with the raindrops on them. I just photographed my roses again, also with raindrops on ;-) I do love blue flowers but I wouldn't know what flower you're showing in the first picture......
    Have a great time in Scotland and the Lake District. I'm pretty sure we'll see both here on your blog soon.
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Dear Marian - I love my new lilies with their turks cap style. I bought some smaller bright orange ones too but they have not opened yet.
      Weather still peculiar. Very hot and then suddenly a heavy downpour of rain. The bonus is that we do not have to water the garden.

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  2. Hello Rosemary:
    We wish you fun and safe travels and only the water in the Lakes rather than rain from the skies!!!

    We are always nervous of your plant quizzes, but think that the lovely Allium Caeruleum is gracing your garden at the moment!

    We look forward to your return!!

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance - thank you for your kind wishes, and yes, hopefully clear blue skies.
      This is a difficult plant quiz, but I know how many of you are so knowledgeable on flowers.
      An excellent choice of the Allium Caeruleum - alas, really sorry, but not this time.

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  3. Dear Rosemary,
    I searched for the moment the Kew Gardens , twice in two different ways.
    412 trees and plants .... I found something similar with your photo , "Puccinia libanotis ( noon carrot rust ) " which is growing up to the Southern England . I am not sure. Fortunately, the margin you giving us until 15 August is good .. I will look to other gardens .... About Hollyhocks were previously the gardens of many houses here. But not now ... But I found seeds to plant next year ...I 'll try to find the flower and I will be back ...
    Have a nice day and have fun and rest
    Olympia

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    1. Dear Olympia - look forward to connecting with you on my return.
      Promise me that you will not spend too much time looking, or staying up into the small hours of the night like you did once before.
      Do not bother with trees or shrubs - stick to the flowers on plants.

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  4. I am taking a guess. As you know i am no specialist on flowers.. but Heleen my daughter in law has these in the Alfanges garden.. "Agapanthus" .. they come also in white.
    Have a great time in the Lake district and Scotland
    Best wishes Rosemary.. another super flower quiz..
    val

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    1. Dear Val - a very good shot, but sorry not correct. I very nearly used a blue Agapanthus from the garden, but the flower above proved tantalisingly more difficult to recognise in macro form. Thanks for trying.

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  5. I'll have a shot at it being an Echinops. Have a wonderful, wonderful trip Rosemary.

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    1. Dear Paul - a big star, a tick and 10/10 yet again.

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  6. Your mystery flower reminds me of a detail from a faberge Easter egg, like a jewel. Have a good trip!

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    1. That is a good description which I like - it is amazing how beautiful macro shots of flowers are, and thank you for your good wishes re: the trip.

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  7. Well goodness I have no clue but that is always true when we play this game with you. I have the other two growing in my modest garden. Take Lake District photos please. You are my roving reporter. hugs, Olive

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    1. I am sure I will be pointing my modest little camera around the place. Look forward to making contact with you on my return

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  8. I don't know the names of these flowers but they are all super.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. São flores maravilhosas e deves estar feliz por tê-las no teu jardim!
    As primeiras, em português, chamam-se "coroas de rei" e as outras são "Ibiscos" e existem em várias cores. Estes últimos querem muito sol e, como meu jardim tem muita sombra...não consigo tê-los!
    Belissimas fotos.
    Beijo
    Graça

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    1. Caro Graça
      Muito obrigado pelo seu comentário lindo. Ainda bem que você gostava de ver as flores. Espero que você está desfrutando de um verão lindo em seu jardim. Agradeço a sua visita.

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  10. I don't recognize the flower, but I love the way the double volutes form miniature Ionic columns.
    I am looking forward to tales and pictures from your trip.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. I really think that the flower is very difficult to recognise in the macro form, but as you mention it has lovely details when you see it close up. I was also fascinated by the double volutes, thank you for introducing me to that term, and you are right they do form miniature Ionic columns. I am pleased that you have put a label to them, I knew they reminded me of something but could not think what.
      We have a wedding anniversary lunch to attend in Scotland and then we are staying a couple of nights in a favourite spot of ours in the Lake District.

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  11. Have a good trip! I don't know the flower, but I adore hollyhocks. I had a blogging friend send me some seeds from her garden. Unfortunately, I didn't plant them soon enough and I probably won't get any blooms this year. I did, however, save some seeds, so there's always next year. ;)

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    1. Thanks Marie - Do your hollyhocks not survive the winter? may be the ground becomes too hard. Our hollyhocks come up year after year. There may be still time for them to bloom, they are only just flowering here.

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  12. Though I love sky blue flowers, I can’t identify the flower. I look forward to the answer on your return. The yellow lilies must have cheerful hue with your garden and the hollyhocks in your son’s garden is so beautiful. Have a nice trip, rosemary.

    Yoko

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    1. It is difficult in its macro size to identify Yoko - so far only one person has got it right. Thanks for your greetings for the trip.

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  13. Your macro photo is such a puzzle! The colour of your hollyhocks are fantastic. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to seeing some photos of your return.
    Sarah x

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    1. Dear Sarah - you are right it is a puzzle, I was surprised how it looked in the macro photo myself, all will be revealed next week. It looks as if the weather may be fine for our trip - fingers crossed.

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  14. Not sure of the flower....
    Hope you have a wonderful trip and look forward to reading all about it on your return :-)

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    1. Thanks Nat - just returned home again.

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  15. Magnificent lilies! I just saved an image of them to my ‘Interesting plants’ folder. Thanks Rosemary!

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    1. Thats good Bertie - keep watching I have another new lily, not open yet, called lDavidii which promises to be lovely. I also planted some Martagon lilies but sadly they have not flowered. Apparently they often take two years before they do, so I live in hope for future years. Are you still at Hidcote?

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