Wednesday, August 12, 2009

For the love of flowers...

Greg had a dream this summer. That dream was to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to our log home. He built flower boxes, researched magazines & the internet, and then planted (without my help! Crazy huh?) the flowers himself.

Well the wildflowers popped up only recently. Before then, you should've seen the hubby's face and heard his words as he checked them every week we headed up to the cabin (What is up with those !@#$ wildflowers?!)

I wanted to share his handiwork with you. (Darla, perhaps you can name some of these flowers for us?? We have no clue!!)

Here is one of two flower boxes that Greg built. (I was responsible for the patio plants!)






What are those red flowers Darla? I like em!








Close up of a purple flower.... (all my flowers are known by colors since I don't know what the heck their names are!)






Another mystery....







Doesn't this yellow flower remind you of a ray of sunshine?





I know what these are! Marigolds! Well that's because I planted them in Greg's box (he was a little perturbed - I was suppose to stick to the patio plants) - but I thought they would look nice there.
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We've only had a few hummingbirds and butterflies this summer. It hasn't been the best weather wise this year - hopefully next year we get more of our winged visitors!

33 comments:

Winifred said...

They are absolutely gorgeous. Well worth waiting for.

The blue ones remind me of cornflowers but I don't know about flowers in the USA so I can't help.

Darla said...

I am way flattered here. I see Centaurea Cyanus--Bachelor Buttons--Cornflower the blue, white and pink ones. The red flower looks like Crimson Clover, could use a closer shot of it and the leaves. The golden yellow sunshine flower is a poppy. Great job Greg!! The marigolds...just smell them. I ID a lot of flowers and plants by their smell...Now you have something to research to see if I am correct!!

Tami said...

Poppy the yellow one...and maybe Bacherlor buttons.....

Great Flower boxes....going to have to show this the hubby...cause I want a couple for next year!

Karen said...

Hey girl!! YUP! I'm ALIVE!
this vacationing bit is h@#*!l on blogging!
The only flower I recognize is the poppy - gee, only because it is our state flower. HA!
Good luck! Hugs to SCOUT!!!!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

They are beautiful! Great job Greg!! Will they come back up next year on their own?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous Greg.... I'm proud of your new flower garden. Now---if you baby it like George does, it will just get better and better each year. Next year, I'm sure you'll have some hummers and butterflies...

GREAT job---both of you.
Hugs,
Betsy

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

I just love your old-fashioned floral garden mix. I recognize the blue bachelor buttons! Sweet!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think Greg did a great job...I will remember to cuss at my plants to make them grow!!!

Scout should be modeling...so gorgeous!!!

New England Girl said...

So beautiful!! I LOVE your photos... and your yard looks so quaint! The colors are magnificent. :)

Nature Lovin' Super Mama said...

Shelley, Great Flowers! Greg's garden is beautiful! I have no clue what those flowers are, but if I saw the steam of the white one, I would guess it is a dahlia! Have a great time up north! :)

George said...

I think Greg did a great job with the flower boxes. Hummingbirds have consistently shown up here only in the last couple of weeks. Up until then we didn't see any. I don't know if you'll get any this year, but I hope you have many next year.

basketsnprims said...

Shelley,
Your flowers are gorgeous. I planted some beebalm this year (bright red, lol) and the hummingbirds love it.
Hugs,
Pam

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats Greg on your new flower beds. The flowers are gorgeous. If Greg 'babies' his flowers like George does, they will just get better and better.

Glad Darla could help you out with the names. I have NO clue!!!!

Hope you have tons of butterflies and hummingbirds next year.

Hugs to you both,
Betsy

Mildred said...

Really beautiful Shelley. I recognize a few but mostly I am in awe at the lovely combination of colors.

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

PRETTY so Pretty!
Good job Mr. Green Thumb ;)
I have bee balm, and Cone flowers butterflies love that...
How's Scout doin?

Have a wonderful week, Shel

hugs-Kath

Amy said...

So pretty!! I know that the yellow one is called a poppy, but we always called them buttercups...Fitting, uh?!I like that name better:)

Judy said...

I love your flowers. I think the purple one is a bachlor button or at least that's what I always call them and the yellow one is some kind of poppy. I don't know what the red one is.

Heather said...

Wow, those flowers have really come to life since we saw them. They look lovely! Greg did a very nice job with them!

Mandie said...

The flowers look beautiful! I think I saw some Bachelor Buttons in there. We have 2 Rose of Sharon bushes and the hummingbirds love them. They are so fun to watch.

Rose said...

I don't have time to read all the comments so if this is a repeat, I am sorry. That last one is a marigold.

Lovely flowers all of them!

Terri@SteelMagnolia said...

SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anne said...

Beautiful flowers, Shelley (and Greg, of course!)

The White Bench said...

Great idea! And great job!
Monicax.

Dixxe's Doodles said...

The flowers did very well! I believe Darla has put you right on track with her flower ID's..

Catherine Holman said...

I love your wild flowers, but I'm not good at identifying them. I think you both did a wonderful job!
Hugs,
Cathie

Leedra said...

I just had to look at Darla's answer to see if she said Bachelor Buttons, which she did. Made me feel good to know that I knew at least one of Greg's flowers. It also looked like you will have a Black Eyed Susan or Sunflower blooming real soon, couldn't tell which for sure. I agree with everybody else, it will be even better next year.

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Just a little something from Judy said...

Wow! I am so impressed with Greg's idea of planting these wildflowers. They are beautiful now,and I can only imagine what they will look like next year. I felt at home when you called them red flowers, blue flowers,...just like me. Great post! Yes Shelley, your marigolds do look nice in those planters. I'm sure by now, Greg will agree.

Madison said...

Ooooo pretty I love them!!!!!!!!!!! I do really love flowers!!!!!!!

The Retired One said...

I don't know the names of any of them..sorry..but they are really pretty. Great job, you two!

Barbara said...

Shelly, Greg did a wonderful job and I love wild flowers....we have a space between our fence and the county road that we plant every year with about 15 lbs of wild flowers ( it is a long stretch) and usually they are beautiful and sometimes people stop and leave a message on our mailbox...so my hat is off to Greg.

Barbara

rosemarie said...

i dont have a green thumb ,but your flowers are beautiful..great job on the flower boxes

Sharon said...

Since my elk have run out of flowers and veggies here... they are on there way.... LOL Sharon
PS nice job Greg!

dAwN said...

beautiful flowers..cant help with the names..but they sure are purdy