Saturday, May 25, 2013

Soft lit cornflower

 Centaurea montana, the perennial bachelor's button is actually a cornflower blue colour that appears more of a lavender in my photos.
 Open and sun lit, the soft and spiky petals show why this variety is attractive to bees.  Bees seek out blue and yellow flowers.
 Looking inside shows a tinge of pink at the heart of the flower.
Cutting back the stems after blooming encourages another flush of flowers.  A drought tolerant plant that blooms from May-June in my zone 5 garden.
I'm linking with I ♥ Macro and Mosaic Monday and Macro Monday.  (Lisa's last week hosting)

45 comments:

  1. WOW- your photos are outstanding!

    By chance are these deer resistant as well? It's so difficult to get colour in my gardens with so many deer munching everything.

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  2. Beautiful macro photos! The colors are very lush!

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  3. I've happily grown cornflowers in the past and, though they are not perennials here in zone 3, they self sow readily so I had them for a few years from a one time planting. Blue is my favourite of the cornflowers.

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  4. Mine are in full bloom right now and give a lovely blue haze to the garden. They don't last long, but sometimes I'll get a second flush. The deer never ate mine when we were unfenced.

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  5. Lovely! The blue and detail of this bachelor button is spectacular. More! (Think I'm going to like Bloglovin -- can follow lots and lots -- just what I need -- more reading time!)

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  6. Beautiful! The shape is gorgeous! Have a wonderful wknd,Judith.
    Hugs,Beth

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  7. I love these beautiful blue flowers. Thanks for sharing them with us today. Beautiful photos and mosaic.

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  8. Very innovative mosaic...fresh! I had no idea that bachelors buttons were so interesting and complex.

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  9. Your flower photos are beautiful! and our mosaic. Hope you're having a nice weekend.

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  10. They're lovely. I have never been certain just what Bachelor Buttons were. I knew they were also Cornflowers but for the longest time I erroneously gave their title to the Wild Chicory which grows rather profusely around my area. I was set straight about the Chicory. Now, thanks to you, I also know about the Cornflower. Thanks for your visit to my blog and thanks for this!

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  11. Such beautiful colour! Amazing macros, great detail!

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  12. I just love these flowers, Judith, and your photos are wonderful, showing so much detail and the beautiful colors! That blue is hard to capture with a camera, I know, but the lavender suits you and your blog. :)

    Hope you have a great Sunday.

    G

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  13. That is one amazing flower. A lot prettier than photos you see in sales catalogs.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  14. truly exquisite. Thank you so much for sharing the love up-close!

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  15. Wow, these are pretty cool. I bet they might attract butterflys, I'll check for my wife's garden.

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  16. Hi Judith, I'm a new follower. Beautiful photos of your buttons! I have a few of these in my garden, and am looking to move them to a new spot where they can flourish and spread :) Wendy

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  17. Gorgeous photos Judith. Hope you are enjoying this great sunshine (it's about time it arrived ..lol...). Great for catching up in the gardens after a week away... happy week-end..c. (HHL)

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  18. I thought I had lost my Centaurea montana over this winter, but just found a new little plant growing right near the edge of the garden and now have moved it into the flower bed. Lovely photos.

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  19. What a very beautiful flower and what lovely photos of it. Hugs Judy

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  20. Gorgeous photos of this beautiful flower!

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  21. Such a beautiful blue colored flower.
    Thanks for sharing

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  22. Fantastic photos. And a very special and lovely mosaic too. Have a nice week.

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  23. These are one of my favourite "spring perennials" since blue is my most fav color, in the garden and otherwise. Mine aren't quite in bloom yet, but you can bet I'll be photographing them as soon as they are in bloom. Thanks for sharing your stunning photos...

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  24. Good morning Judith!

    I love your photos of Centaurea montana and the colours - matches your blog perfectly!!

    A friend gave me a tiny plant about three years ago - it has basically sulked for that whole time with one flowering.
    It's time it had a new home so in early spring I'll move it to a bed with all day sun and hope it will be happier there - I'll let you know!

    The third shot is fabulous!

    Wishing you a happy week full of sunshine!
    Shane ♥

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  25. I have always loved cornflowers and had alot of them back when I had a big perennial bed

    As to your collage all that I have to say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  26. Mine have not bloomed yet but I love these plants in the garden. Thanks for sharing them. Valerie

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  27. Gorgeous flowers and color. Your photos are beautiful. It is weird your blue is showing as a lavender color. Recently I took just photos of my Purple Irises and they look blue on the photo. I wonder why? Thanks for sharing, have a happy week ahead!

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  28. I love those blue cornflowers, so delicate, yet hardy. They seed themselves all over my garden. But I just move them to where I want them.
    Your photos are stunning.

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  29. These are such beautiful flowers. We've seen a lot of blue wildflowers on the trip and think they are spiderwart. Sometimes it's hard for me to identify them. Maybe going 60 MPH is the reason why! lol Sweet hugs!

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  30. What a beautiful flower. I love the color. I've been really into blue flowers lately.

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  31. This is a flower that catches the light beautifully.

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  32. Beautiful flower, love the color.

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  33. Beautiful flower, love the color.

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  34. Nice pictures - and if you ever need to visit a suburban vegetable garden in Australia, just let me know!!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  36. Hi Judith, your pics are stunning and show the beautiful details of this pretty bloom. Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  37. Lovely cornflower pics, I love that blue so much :)

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  38. Beautiful flower', which I also have in my garden. Fun to learn the english name.

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  39. I adore these flowers and you have shown them off beautifully.

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  40. Oh, I love-love-love these photos! Detail shots of flowers are always some of my favorites, just because I continue to be amazed at the design that goes into a single flower. Lovely!

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  41. It's been years since I've grown any. They are such pretty little flowers.

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  42. I was happy to read more about these and that I can cut them back. Let's just say that the one little plant I bought years ago has led to oodles of these in various parts of the garden. I think I need to relocate some of them.

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  43. Just beautiful! I love bachelor's buttons but can't get them to grow here. Your photos are lovely!
    Robin

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  44. Gorgeous photography! Love the lighting and color.

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  45. Hi,Judith
    Just beautiful! I like its different angle in the flower! Yes, the color looks more lavender you love very much.
    Tomoko

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