Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Knautia in the Garden

The letter this week for Friday's Hunt is 'K' and the other challenges are favourite and flower.
I'm going to roll all three of these into one special flower, Knautia macedonia.
Knautia is considered a see through plant because the foliage is towards the bottom of the stems and other plants behind the flowers can still be seen. It reaches a height of 2-3 feet.
Another name this plant is commonly called is Crimson Scabious.
Bees love this plant and one reason it is a favourite for me is because it blooms from June to September.
A few combinations with knautia in the garden. The top shows how well it blends with its cousin pink scabiosa, (pincushion flower) and in the centre it is paired with irises and the bottom is pink peonies behind. The last photo is my front garden but this year I plan to move the knautia to the butterfly garden.
I'm linking with Eden Hills for Friday's Hunt and for Mosaic Monday.

44 comments:

  1. Hello, Judith! It's not surprising Knautia (I hadn't ever heard of it!) is one of your favourite plants. It's very pretty, with a lovely deep and rich colour and it looks beautiful by itself and together with other flowers.
    The bee photo is gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Only now I read that it belongs to the same genus (of course) as our native Knautia arvensis (field scabious) and that species of scabious were used to treat scabies, and many other afflictions of the skin. Another name for the field scabious would be "gipsy rose". It would sound better. :)
      Thank you for hosting MM! Have a lovely new week!

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  2. Oh so pretty ! lovely photos ! I cant wait to get into my gardens and have flowers all in bloom . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  3. I'm so looking forward to spring...your photos are inspiring. Can't wait to go to the garden center to pick up a few new plants, our drought here in California has taken some of my favorites, so we'll need replacements!

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  4. I would know this as a scabious, so I was interested to hear what you call it. Whatever the name it is beautiful isn't it!! xx

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  5. Beautiful flower Judith. I've not heard of it, or the party you are linking to. I would probably do "knitting." as I am trying to do a little, and learn a little.
    I imagine you are itching to get into the garden. We had 70 degrees here yesterday. It felt wonderful, and so nice to have the windows open!! xo Deborah

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  6. This is a beautiful plant Judith. I like how it is tall and stands out with a bright colour against other green plants. It is a new one to me. Thanks for sharing it.

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  7. Very beautiful! :) Have a great week!

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  8. Very pretty! So happy spring will be here soon.
    Hugs, Beth

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  9. Judith, this is new plant to me! Don't think I've ever seen it, or heard of it. I'm putting it on my "Must Find" list for this summer. I'm assuming it is perennial?

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  10. I also love Knautia macedonica. I have a couple of it but it does not spread and that is a pity.

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  11. Beautiful! I hadn't heard the name before but the mauve version I know as scabious is also wonderful. :-)

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  12. Hello, Judith! Knautia is new to me. It is a gorgeous flower, lovely photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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  13. Oh this is a gorgeous flower. As Eileen says, it new to me, too. A must have, but I have not seen it before in garden centers. I'll be looking for it.

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  14. What a pretty flower, Judith! It really adds pop to the garden and still allows the beauty of others to shine through. Love how you captured the bee. So glad Spring is on its way and I hope you're rested up from your trip.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  15. Thank you for sharing this pretty flower with us, Judith! I can see why it's one of your favorite plants. It must be nice to be home!

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  16. Such a delicate pretty flower. I like how you photographed it with different flowers, showing off it's "see through" nature.

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  17. The see through aspect would make it perfect ...already beautiful even without that positive. I much prefer the name Knautia to the other name, which sounds rather like a disease to me .

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  18. Knautias are such pretty flowers, I had them for some years in my garden but unfortunately they disappeared. I think soil is too wet here.

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  19. I know nothing of them! They certainly look pretty. Every year I tell myself that I am going to leave the garden alone in all its crazy quilt look, but I can't help myself and always wind up digging something up and putting it somewhere else. This year, I want to dig up my blueberry bush because I have yet to have a blueberry yet!

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  20. I have never heard of these either but they certainly are beautiful! Everyone seems to be sharing beautiful post filled with flower and it is making me more impatient for spring to arrive! I'm ready! :)

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  21. I'm so charmed by your Knautia, I wonder if it could live in my garden at our climate, I don't know this lovely plant so very well, but I do adore it !
    Thank you for sharing such beauty, dearest Judith
    have a wonderful end of your week,
    sending blessings of joy to you
    Dany

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  22. I love this flower, but didn't know it was called Knautia. I always called it scabious

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  23. Knautia macedonia is yet another that I don't know

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  24. I too enjoy this flower as it freely seeds around my garden and blooms into late fall!

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  25. Interesting! This is the first time I've heard or seen Knautia macedonia.

    I was at Carlton Cards the other day and they had a display of these cute tea-themed stuff that made me think of fairy garden furniture (e.g., teapot house). I should have asked the salespeople if they were meant to be for fairy gardens!

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  26. What a loovely plant. I might now consider planting that now in my garden as I want to attract the bees. Enjoy your week ahead.

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  27. Beautiful garden flower! And the dark red color is so intense... For sure is a good treat for bees!
    Happy Weekend!

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  28. I have never heard of those before, but they are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing them at Friday's Hunt!

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  29. Your Knautia is beautiful! I had some, but lost it after several years. It was so disappointing. The color of your Knautia macedonia is so striking!

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  30. Hello Judith, I wanted to stop back and say thank you for hosting MM! Beautiful images and mosaic!
    Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  31. Good Morning and Happy Week Judith. The colour alone just pops freshness and Spring. I am so ready and things are getting greener by the minute here with so much hard rains. BTW, I am going to order the tea from Oregon and will let you know about it. Thank you and take good care~

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  32. Hello Judith
    Some beautiful blooms here and lovely colours.
    They have certainly made a great start to my Monday morning.

    All the best Jan

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  33. I was not familiar with this flower ; it's beautiful!

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  34. Hello, Judith.
    Such a beautiful flower! The flower is quite new to me. You can enjoy this flower for a long time and so can bee! Enjoy your new week!

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  35. Beautiful red - I've only ever come across mauve flowers, garden and wild.
    Lovely shot of the bee!
    Thanks for hosting and sharing.

    Happy Monday Judith!
    Ruby

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  36. What beautiful color! And it's nice to attract bees and butterflies. Keeps everything healthy. Enjoy your day Lavender Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  37. Any plant that has that long a blooming season, is my kind of plant. Thanks for introducing me to it!

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  38. I too love Knautia---So pretty and peek a boo-ish.
    MB

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  39. Beautiful photos. I've heard of scabiosa but not Knautia. So pretty and I love the idea of it being a peek-a-boo plant.

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  40. It's great to get to know a new plant, I like that it's a see-through plant! It certainly is a pretty one, cute pic with the Bumblebee.
    Wren x

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